A Simple PV Inverter Power Factor Control Method Based on Solar Irradiance Variation

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Abstract

There has been a significant rise in photovoltaic (PV) system installations throughout the last decade. This has posed some technical challenges to the distribution grid operators. Unfamiliar impacts of these relatively new energy sources now should be handled more comprehensively. The rigidity of these impacts mostly depends on PV penetration level, grid and weather characteristics as well as the interaction of load and generation. In this study, a reactive power control method is proposed benefitting from solar irradiance measurements in weather stations. Accordingly, power factors of PV inverters are regulated by a simple analytical conversion. The effectiveness of the method is demonstrated by reducing the tap change operations of substation transformer. In addition, loading ratios of overhead lines and secondary distribution transformers, and voltage profiles are analyzed considering all the three phases separately. Quasi-static simulations are carried out for two representative days in GridLAB-D by using a modified IEEE 13 node test feeder.
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There has been a significant rise in photovoltaic (PV) system installations throughout the last decade. This has posed some technical challenges to the distribution grid operators. Unfamiliar impacts of these relatively new energy sources now should be handled more comprehensively. The rigidity of these impacts mostly depends on PV penetration level, grid and weather characteristics as well as the interaction of load and generation. In this study, a reactive power control method is proposed benefitting from solar irradiance measurements in weather stations. Accordingly, power factors of PV inverters are regulated by a simple analytical conversion. The effectiveness of the method is demonstrated by reducing the tap change operations of substation transformer. In addition, loading ratios of overhead lines and secondary distribution transformers, and voltage profiles are analyzed considering all the three phases separately. Quasi-static simulations are carried out for two representative days in GridLAB-D by using a modified IEEE 13 node test feeder.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2017 IEEE Manchester PowerTech
PublisherIEEE Press
Publication dateJun 2017
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StatePublished - Jun 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
Event2017 IEEE Manchester PowerTech - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

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Conference2017 IEEE Manchester PowerTech
LandUnited Kingdom
ByManchester
Periode18/06/201722/06/2017

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