Adaptation of commercial current-controlled inverters for operation with virtual oscillator control

Minghui Lu, Gab Su Seo, Mohit Sinha, Fernando Rodriguez, Sairaj Dhople, Brian Johnson

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Abstract

Virtual oscillator control (VOC) is a decentralized time-domain control technique for ac microgrids where inverters are regulated to emulate the dynamics of weakly nonlinear oscillators. VOC enables the design of modular and scalable systems where inverters can synchronize and share power without communication and in near real-time. In this paper, we show how off-the-shelf commercial inverters with current control can be reprogrammed to behave as voltage sources with virtual oscillator dynamics for deployment in islanded settings. We focus on commercial grid-tied inverters that have an inner current-control loop and show how the outer-loop controls can be straightforwardly modified to enable voltage-control-mode operation. To illustrate the practicality and ease of our approach, the proposed strategy was implemented on a 3.2 kVA experimental test bed composed of 10 SunPower-brand micro-inverters with special firmware for VOC implementation. Results from the experiments not only demonstrate feasibility of the proposed dual-loop VOC architecture on a hardware setup but also show improved voltage regulation due to the additional voltage control loop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication34th Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3427-3432
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538683309
DOIs
StatePublished - May 24 2019
Event34th Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2019 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: Mar 17 2019Mar 21 2019

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC
Volume2019-March

Conference

Conference34th Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period3/17/193/21/19

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Lu, M., Seo, G. S., Sinha, M., Rodriguez, F., Dhople, S., & Johnson, B. (2019). Adaptation of commercial current-controlled inverters for operation with virtual oscillator control. In 34th Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2019 (pp. 3427-3432). [8722234] (Conference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC; Vol. 2019-March). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/APEC.2019.8722234