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A full compensating system for general loads, based on a combination of thyristor binary compensator, and a PWM-IGBT active power filter

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Dixon, J. ; Fac. de Ingenieria, Pontificia Univ. Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile ; del Valle, Y. ; Orchard, M. ; Ortuzar, M.
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A full compensating system for distribution networks which is able to eliminate harmonics, correct unbalanced loads and generate or absorb reactive power is presented. The system is based on a combination of a thyristor binary compensator (TBC), and a PWM-IGBT active power filter (APF) connected in cascade. The TBC compensates the fundamental reactive power and balances the load connected to the system. The APF eliminates the harmonics and compensates the small amounts of load unbalances or power factor that the TBC cannot eliminate due to its binary condition. The TBC is based on a chain of binary-scaled capacitors and one inductor per phase. This topology allows, with an adequate number of capacitors, a soft variation of reactive power compensation and a negligible generation of harmonics. The capacitors are switched on when the line voltage reaches its peak value, avoiding inrush currents generation. The inductor helps to balance the load, and absorbs reactive power when required. The APF works by measuring the source currents, forcing them to be sinusoidal. The two converters (TBC and APF) work independently, making the control of the system simpler and more reliable. The system is able to respond to many kinds of transient perturbations in no more than a couple of cycles. The paper analyzes the circuit proposed, the way it works and the results obtained under operation with different types of loads

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Industrial Electronics Society, 2001. IECON '01. The 27th Annual Conference of the IEEE  (Volume:2 )

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2001