Impact of Grid Strength and Impedance Characteristics on the Maximum Power Transfer Capability of Grid-Connected Inverters

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Abstract

Continuously expanding deployments of distributed power generation systems are trans-forming conventional centralized power grids into mixed distributed electrical networks. The higher penetration and longer distance from the renewable energy source to the main power grid result in lower grid strength, which stimulates the power limitation problem. Aimed at this problem, case studies of inductive and resistive grid impedance with different grid strengths have been carried out to evaluate the maximum power transfer capability of grid-connected inverters. It is revealed that power grids with a higher short circuit ratio (SCR) or lower resistance-inductance ratio (R/X) provide higher power transfer capability. Moreover, under the resistive grid conditions, a higher voltage at the point of common coupling (PCC) is beneficial to increase the power transfer capability. Based on mathematical analysis, the maximum power curves in the inductive and resistive grids can be found. Moreover, a performance index is proposed in this paper to quantify the performance of the system with different parameter values. Finally, the effectiveness of the analysis is verified by simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4288
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number9
Number of pages15
ISSN2076-3417
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Grid impedance
  • Grid-connected inverter
  • Maximum power transfer capability
  • Short circuit ratio

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