Treating the Impacts of Connecting HVDC Link Converters with AC Power System Using Real-Time Active Power Quality Unit

Rakan Khalil Antar*, Basil M. Saied, Ghanim A. Putrus, Rafid A. Khalil

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The High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) systems have been applied worldwide, due to important roles, technical benefits, and high efficiency. Usually, the HVDC network is a joining link between two separate and different technical properties of HVAC systems, which enhances its use. The joinpoint system that used to connect HVDC and HVAC links is a controlled converter circuit. Despite the importance of use and the significant benefits of the HVDC link, there are negative effects on the power quality of the electrical power of both systems connected on both ends of the HVDC network. The low quality of electric power has been addressed by known methods, whether traditional or modern. But the improvement is usually made with the assumption of load conditions and the need for the system to synthesize it. This research presents an innovative method based on real-time control strategy. This is performed by proposing dSPACE for controlling the Active Power Quality Unit (APQU). The proposed control strategy of the APQU includes a Modified Harmonics Pulse Width Modulation (MHPWM) algorithm in order to mitigate the line current THD and improve the effective power factor of the AC converter sides. The MHPWM is applicable for different nonlinear loads and can be implemented with APQU based on different topologies of H-bridge voltage source inverter. Simulation and practical results have been presented in this paper. The Experimental results are done based on real-time laboratory tests using dSPACE DS1103 board as a controller circuit. The presented results, under different operating loading conditions, show that the APQU provides almost unity power factor and significantly improving THD of the AC supply currents at both sides of the HVDC link controlled converters.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100013
Number of pages11
Journale-Prime - Advances in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Energy
Early online date1 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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