Fault Current Limiter Controller for the Protection of Inverter Based Distributed Generation

M. Shafiul Alam, Muhammad Azharul Islam, Ashrafur Rahman, Fahad Saleh Al-Ismail, Md Alamgir Hossain

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Power systems are becoming more vulnerable to different faults due to high current. This threat is increasing day by day due to the shift of power system from conventional generation to power electronic-based distributed generation. Such inverter-based distributed generation (IBDG) system is adopted to integrate different renewable energy sources especially solar photovoltaic (PV) to the grid. In this work bridge type fault current limiter (BFCL) has been suggested as a solution to the fault problem in IBDG system. The BFCL is connected to the AC side of the IBDG system and a proper controller is designed and implemented to control the reactance of BFCL. The voltage at the point of common coupling (PCC) is used as input of the BFCL activation controller. Outer controller loop is proposed for controlling the DC link voltage of IBDG, where an inner current controller is designed for controlling the power exchange between AC and DC sides of the IBDG. Both the balanced and unbalanced faults are applied in the AC side of the IBDG system to demonstrate the effectiveness of the suggested controller. A great improvement in the system performance is observed with the proposed fault current limiter based control strategy. The proposed strategy is also compared with the traditional control strategy and it is observed that the proposed one outperforms the classical one.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Region 10 Symposium, TENSYMP 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728173665
StatePublished - 5 Jun 2020

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Name2020 IEEE Region 10 Symposium, TENSYMP 2020

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  • DC voltage controller
  • Inverter based distributed generation (IBDG)
  • current controller
  • fault current limiter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Health Informatics


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