Currently, the quality of supplied power is important to several customers. Power quality (PQ) is a service and many customers are ready to pay for it. In the future, Distribution System Operators (DSO) could decide, or could be obliged by authorities, to supply their customers with different power quality levels and at different prices. A new device that can fulfill this role is the OPEN UPQC, composed of a power electronic series main unit installed in the MV/LV substation, along with several power electronic shunt units connected close to the end users. The series and parallel units have no common DC link, so their control strategies are different than traditional UPQC control techniques. This device can achieve general improvement in PQ, reducing the most common disturbances for all customers that are supplied by the mains (Power Quality) by using only the series unit. Additional increments in PQ, i.e., mains power interruptions, can be provided to the customers who need it (Custom Power) by the shunt units. Therefore, this new solution combines an improvement in PQ for all end users, with a cost reduction for those that need high quality power. The proposed solution has been analyzed and described, and a model of a 400 kVA LV grid is considered as a test network, to evaluate the steady state performance and functioning limits. The results obtained under steady state conditions justify the configuration chosen and good device performance.

A NEW PROPOSAL FOR POWER QUALITY AND CUSTOM POWER IMPROVEMENT: OPEN UPQC

BRENNA, MORRIS;FARANDA, ROBERTO SEBASTIANO;TIRONI, ENRICO
2009-01-01

Abstract

Currently, the quality of supplied power is important to several customers. Power quality (PQ) is a service and many customers are ready to pay for it. In the future, Distribution System Operators (DSO) could decide, or could be obliged by authorities, to supply their customers with different power quality levels and at different prices. A new device that can fulfill this role is the OPEN UPQC, composed of a power electronic series main unit installed in the MV/LV substation, along with several power electronic shunt units connected close to the end users. The series and parallel units have no common DC link, so their control strategies are different than traditional UPQC control techniques. This device can achieve general improvement in PQ, reducing the most common disturbances for all customers that are supplied by the mains (Power Quality) by using only the series unit. Additional increments in PQ, i.e., mains power interruptions, can be provided to the customers who need it (Custom Power) by the shunt units. Therefore, this new solution combines an improvement in PQ for all end users, with a cost reduction for those that need high quality power. The proposed solution has been analyzed and described, and a model of a 400 kVA LV grid is considered as a test network, to evaluate the steady state performance and functioning limits. The results obtained under steady state conditions justify the configuration chosen and good device performance.
2009
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