Robust Model Predictive Rotor Current Control of a DFIG Connected to a Distorted and Unbalanced Grid Driven by a Direct Matrix Converter

Gustavo Figueiredo Gontijo*, Thiago Cardoso Tricarico, Bruno Wanderley Franca, Leonardo Francisco Da Silva, Emanuel Leonardus Van Emmerik, Mauricio Aredes

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Abstract

The doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) has been widely used in the wind power industry due to its technical advantages. However, current research works aim at overcoming some of its drawbacks concerning reliability, efficiency, and power quality. Since the wind farms are usually located at remote places, connected to weak grids, high reliability is required and some power quality issues deserve attention. This paper proposes a low-complexity robust control of a DFIG driven by a direct matrix converter based on a model predictive rotor current control. The matrix converter is interesting due to the absence of the bulky and sensitive dc-link capacitors, leading to higher reliability. The predictive control is used to perform speed regulation. Moreover, this combination of a converter and straightforward control is proven to be a robust technique that naturally compensates for stator current issues, which arise due to a low-power-quality grid voltage. Besides, a linear model of the proposed system is presented in order to use the linear-control-theory tools to execute the system control design. A processor-in-the-loop simulation is employed to validate the proposed control.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8453849
JournalIEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
Volume10
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1380-1392
Number of pages13
ISSN1949-3029
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Harmonic distortion
  • Matrix converters
  • Power quality
  • Predictive control

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