Novel Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop Interface Method for Grid-Forming Inverter Systems

Soham Chakraborty, Jaesang Park, Govind Saraswat, Toby Meyers, Jing Wang, Soumya Tiwari, Atif Maqsood, Apurva Somani, Murti V. Salapaka

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Abstract

Power-hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) simulations of grid-forming (GFM) inverter systems facilitate the testing of drastic scenarios, such as on-grid to off-grid transitions and islanded microgrid operations without a stiff grid. To the authors' best knowledge, most studies in the literature focus on PHIL simulations for grid-following inverter systems. Only a few studies focus on GFM inverters, and those are challenging and problematic, especially for high-power applications. This article proposes a novel PHIL simulation platform that enables interfacing high-power GFM inverter systems. The paper proposes the concept of a virtual GFM inverter as a part of the proposed PHIL interface. This addition of a virtual GFM inverter in the PHIL interface expands the conventional ideal transformer model (ITM) method and enables it to overcome the issues of instability of existing ITM methods. In the validation stage, a PHIL experiment is conducted on a three-phase, 480-V, 125-kVA GFM inverter system with the proposed interfacing method. The results corroborate that the proposed PHIL simulation method performs well and is stable for GFM inverter systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIECON 2022 - 48th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781665480253
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event48th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2022 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: Oct 17 2022Oct 20 2022

Publication series

NameIECON 2022 – 48th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

Conference

Conference48th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2022
Country/TerritoryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period10/17/2210/20/22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for supporting this research through the project titled “Rapidly Viable Sustained Grid” via grant no. DE-AR0001016. This work was authored in part by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, managed and operated by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308. The views expressed in the article do not necessarily represent the views of the DOE or the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government retains and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges that the U.S. Government retains a nonexclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, worldwide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this work, or allow others to do so, for U.S. Government purposes.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 IEEE.

Keywords

  • Droop control
  • ITM-based interface method
  • grid forming inverter
  • power hardware-in-the-loop simulation

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