Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of Multiple Photovoltaic Inverters' Volt-Var Control with Real-Time Grid Model

Sudipta Chakraborty, Anderson Hoke, Austin Nelson

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Abstract

Traditional testing methods fall short in evaluating interactions between multiple smart inverters providing advanced grid support functions due to the fact that such interactions largely depend on their placements on the electric distribution systems with impedances between them. Even though significant concerns have been raised by the utilities on the effects of such interactions, little effort has been made to evaluate them. In this paper, power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) based testing was utilized to evaluate autonomous volt-var operations of multiple smart photovoltaic (PV) inverters connected to a simple distribution feeder model. The results provided in this paper show that depending on volt-var control (VVC) parameters and grid parameters, interaction between inverters and between the inverter and the grid is possible in some extreme cases with very high VVC slopes, fast response times and large VVC response delays.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Event2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT) - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Duration: 6 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT)
CityMinneapolis, Minnesota
Period6/09/169/09/16

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-66013

Keywords

  • inverters
  • photovoltaic
  • power hardware-in-the-loop
  • volt-var control

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