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Control of a hybrid modular multilevel converter during grid voltage unbalance

Amankwah, Emmanuel K.; Watson, A.J.; Wheeler, Patrick; Clare, Jon C.

Authors

Emmanuel K. Amankwah

A.J. Watson

Jon C. Clare



Abstract

The recently proposed parallel hybrid modular multilevel converter is considered to be a low loss, low component count converter with soft switching capability of the ‘main’ bridge. The converter has similar advantages to other emerging modular multilevel converter circuits being considered for HVDC power transmission. However, during ac network unbalance the individual ‘chain-links’ exchange unequal amounts of power with the grid which requires appropriate remedial action. This paper presents research into the performance of the converter and proposes a suitable control method that enables the converter to operate during grid voltage unbalance. The proposed control concept involves the use of asymmetric third harmonic voltage generation in the ‘chain-links’ of the converter to redistribute the power exchanged between the individual ‘chain-links’ and the grid. Mathematical analysis and simulation modelling with results are presented to support the work described.

Citation

Amankwah, E. K., Watson, A., Wheeler, P., & Clare, J. C. Control of a hybrid modular multilevel converter during grid voltage unbalance

Conference Name 11th International Conference on AC and DC Power Transmission
End Date Feb 12, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 10, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 26, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 26, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords HVDC, modular multilevel, unbalance control, third harmonic injection control
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32969
Publisher URL http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=7140566
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Published in: 11th International Conference on AC and DC Power Transmission (ACDC 2015), IEEE, 2015. ISBN: 9781849199827, pp. 1-8, doi:10.1049/cp.2015.0084

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