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A matrix converter based micro-turbine distributed generation system

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2 Author(s)
Nikkhajoei, H. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Toronto, Ont., Canada ; Iravani, M.R.

This paper investigates the use of an AC-AC matrix converter, as an alternative to AC-DC-AC converter system, to interface a high-speed micro-turbine generator (MTG) to a utility grid as a distributed generation unit. A new switching strategy and a control mechanism for the converter are presented. Based on time-domain simulations in the PSCAD/EMTDC environment, the dynamic behavior of a micro-turbine generation system, including the dynamic models of the micro-turbine (thermodynamics), generator, matrix converter, converter control and micro-turbine control, is studied. The studies conclude that a matrix converter is technically a viable option to interface a MTG to a utility grid.

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Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 3 )