Reduced-order Aggregate Model for Parallel-connected Grid-tied Three-phase Photovoltaic Inverters

Victor Purba, Brian B. Johnson, Sairaj V. Dhople

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Ratings of utility-scale grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) inverters are typically no more than 1 MVA. This implies that a large number of inverters are usually installed in utility-scale PV energy-conversion systems. Given the complexity of inverter dynamic models (typical models are high dimension and nonlinear), reduced-order models for inverters are critical for performance assessment and accurate representation of PV-system dynamics in the bulk power grid with limited computational burden. In this paper, we formulate a reduced-order model for parallel- connected grid-tied three-phase PV inverters that has the same structure and model order as a single inverter. We adopt a singlediode model for the PV modules, and each inverter is assumed to be a single-stage dc-ac voltage-source converter with an input dc- link capacitor and an LCL output filter. The control architecture includes a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm, a dc-link voltage controller, a reactive power controller, a current controller, and a phase-locked loop for grid synchronization. Numerical simulations demonstrate the computational benefits and accuracy of the reduced-order model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104942
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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  • Maximum power point tracking
  • model reduction
  • photovoltaic inverter
  • three-phase inverter


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