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This paper presents analysis and design of Distributed STATic COMpensator (DSTATCOM) with fuel cell utilized for power quality improvement and hybrid power generation. Factors affecting the performance and limitation of active and reactive power compensation are analyzed and presented in this paper. A boost converter circuit is selected to step up and regulate the fuel cell terminal voltage to match the DC link requirement of the voltage source converter. The mathematical model of the DSTATCOM system has been developed and simulated in MATLAB/Simulink. The simulation results indicate that the DSTATCOM with fuel cell can effectively compensate the appropriated amount of reactive power and can be utilized as a hybrid power generation.
Date of Conference: 6-9 May 2009