Frequency and Voltage Regulation in Hybrid AC/DC Networks

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Hybrid AC/DC networks are a key technology for sustainable electrical power systems, due to the increasing number of converter-based distributed energy resources such as solar or wind. In this paper, we consider the design of control schemes for hybrid AC/DC networks, focusing especially on the control of the interlinking converters (ILC(s)). We present two control schemes: firstly for decentralized primary control, and secondly, a distributed controller to achieve secondary control objectives as well. In the primary case, the stability of the controlled system is proven in a general hybrid AC/DC network which may include asynchronous AC subsystems. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that power-sharing across the AC/DC network is significantly improved compared to previously proposed dual droop control. The proposed scheme for secondary control guarantees the convergence of the AC system frequencies and the average DC voltage of each DC subsystem to their nominal values respectively. An optimal power allocation is also achieved at steady-state. The applicability and effectiveness of the proposed algorithms are verified by advanced simulations on a test hybrid AC/DC network in Simscape Power Systems.

Voltage control, Frequency control, Resource management, Hybrid power systems, Power system stability, Stability analysis, Steady-state, AC, DC grids, distributed control, frequency control, voltage control
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IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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European Research Council (679774)
ERC starting grant 679774