This technology provides a modification to the conventional droop control systems that is able to handle system disturbances to allow accurate proportional load sharing among parallel-operated inverters.
Primary Application Area: Energy, Efficiency
Technology Development Status: Prototype
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Value Proposition: The use of renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar energy, is vastly increasing. With their increasing use, their incorporation into power grids is essential to use the energy they produce. The incorporation of these technologies into these grids requires the use of devices that turn direct current into alternating current called power inverters. Because of the high demand for power and the growing capacity for these renewable energy technologies to supply this demand, power electronic devices need to be able to handle the increased demand. Power inverters are currently used in parallel to accommodate the high demand for electrical energy in power grids. When the power inverters are used in parallel to allow parallel power generation, it is often referred to as load sharing. Droop control is a control strategy commonly applied to power generators to allow load sharing. It allows for equal load balancing between inverters, but requires that output impedance be matched between said inverters. This results in inaccurate reactive power sharing. Traditional droop control strategies are also unable to handle system disturbances, such as large or quick load changes, variations in output impedances, and fluctuating DC-link voltages.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 522
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards: GLEAMM Challenge 2016 - Participant
SBIR/STTR Awards: None.
External Funding to Date: None.