A Communication-free Signal Generating Technique for Reactive Power Correction in Islanded Microgrid

  • Nashitah Alwaz NFC Institute of Engineering & Technology, Multan, Pakistan
  • Safdar Raza NFC Institute of Engineering & Technology, Multan, Pakistan
  • Sadaqat Ali NFC Institute of Engineering & Technology, Multan, Pakistan
Keywords: Decentralized Control, Distributed Generation (DG), Droop Control, Microgrid Control, Power Sharing, Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO)

Abstract

The primary function of microgrid (MG) is to share the power accurately among different distributed generation (DG) units according to the load demands. The droop control methods are normally used for appropriate power sharing. However, these control techniques suffer badly due to the feeder impedances and uncontrollable power coupling issues. Many techniques have been proposed to share power accurately, most of them rely on communication link. In this work a localized/communication free signal generating mechanism is proposed. The mechanism injects the transient reactive power in frequency droop characteristics by observing the changes in microgrid. This injection disturbs the actual active power sharing which is helpful for the computation of reactive power sharing errors. These errors are minimized by utilizing the proportional integral (PI) controller. The PI controller modifies the y-intercept and the slop of Q-E (Reactive Power –Voltage) droop characteristic for the correction of reactive power sharing error. Moreover, the parameters of droop and PI controller of inner control loop are optimized by Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) to obtain high precision and reliability. The proposed technique has the following salient features:
1. Accurately shares the reactive power without the information of feeder line impedances
2. This accurate reactive power sharing scheme has been started locally without the need of communication signal from the central controller. Thus, there is no delay in monitoring the notable changes in microgrid caused by DGs.
3. The careful selection of PI & droop controller parameters through PSO makes the system more stable as compared to the conventional methods in terms of transients and steady state responses.

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Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Alwaz, N., Raza, S., & Ali, S. (2019, December 31). A Communication-free Signal Generating Technique for Reactive Power Correction in Islanded Microgrid. JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES, 38(2). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.25211/jeas.v38i2.3075