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Optimization of switching losses and capacitor voltage ripple using model predictive control of a cascaded H-bridge multi-level StatCom

Townsend, Christopher D.; Summers, Terence J.; Vodden, John Alan; Watson, Alan James; Betz, Robert E.; Clare, Jon C.

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Authors

Christopher D. Townsend

Terence J. Summers

John Alan Vodden

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ALAN WATSON ALAN.WATSON@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
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Robert E. Betz

Jon C. Clare



Abstract

This paper further develops a Model Predictive Control (MPC) scheme which is able to exploit the large number of redundant switching states available in a multi-level H-bridge StatCom (H-StatCom). The new sections of the scheme provide optimised methods to trade off the harmonic performance with converter switching losses and capacitor voltage ripple. Varying the pulse placement within the modulation scheme and modifying the heuristic model of the voltage balancing characteristics allows the MPC scheme to achieve superior performance to that of the industry standard phase shifted carrier modulation technique. The effects of capacitor voltage ripple on the lifetime of the capacitors is also investigated. It is shown that the MPC scheme can reduce capacitor voltage ripple and increase capacitor lifetime. Simulation and experimental results are presented that confirm the correct operation of the control and modulation strategies.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 2, 2012
Online Publication Date Dec 24, 2012
Publication Date Jul 31, 2013
Deposit Date Jul 5, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 5, 2017
Journal IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Print ISSN 0885-8993
Electronic ISSN 0885-8993
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 7
DOI https://doi.org/10.1109/TPEL.2012.2219593
Keywords Multi-level converters, StatCom, voltage bal¬ancing, modulation strategy, control strategy
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/716052
Publisher URL http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6307885/
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