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The composition of natural gas may vary significantly, and load power varies randomly. Traditional control design approaches consider a fixed operating point in the hope that the resulting controller is robust enough to stabilize the system for different operating conditions. On the other hand, adaptive control incorporates the time-varying dynamical properties of the model and considers the disturbances acting at the fuel cell-microturbine hybrid power plant. It may be possible to identify the parameters of the adaptive controller. This scheme is called direct adaptive control, because we are going to obtain directly the required controller parameters through their estimation in an appropriately redefined plant model. An adaptive minimum variance controller is developed in this paper.
Date of Publication: June 2003