UT Power Engineering Laboratory - "Powering the Future"

Intelligent DG controller for reconfigurable power system


Mithat Can Kisacikoglu
Shengnan Li
Dr. Leon M. Tolbert


The incorporation of advanced power electronic devices with appropriate sensing and control functions can transform the electric grid into a reconfigurable power system where actions can be taken in microseconds. A collection of these devices would act like a network of high-speed valves that can instantaneously control the flow of current through the entire grid and ensure high levels of reliability and quality in the power system. We propose to design a local controller that can be embedded in the power electronic converters for distributed generation (DG) and flexible ac transmission (FACTS). This reactivity at the device level will ensure a more timely reconfiguration response to events occurring in the grid than a method that depended on a request from a central control center.

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