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Nighttime Application of PV Solar Farm as STATCOM to Regulate Grid Voltage

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3 Author(s)
Varma, R.K. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada ; Khadkikar, V. ; Seethapathy, R.

This letter presents a novel concept of utilizing photovoltaic (PV) solar farm (SF) as a flexible ac transmission systems controller-static synchronous compensator, to regulate the point of common coupling voltage during nighttime when the SF is not producing any active power. This concept, although general, is presented for the scenario of a distribution feeder, which has both PV solar and wind farms connected to it. The proposed control will enable increased connections of renewable energy sources in the grid. A MATLAB/Simulink-based simulation study is presented under variable wind power generation and fault condition to validate the proposed concept.

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Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Dec. 2009

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