Data-driven control of LVDC network converters : active load stabilization
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This paper addresses the (model-free) data-driven control of power converters, acting as distributed generators, in low voltage direct current (LVDC) networks (e.g., DC microgrids, DC distributed power systems, DC buses wit multiple sources and loads, etc.). Since traditional stand-alone control design, cannot guarantee stability when converters are connected to a network, it is proposed a deterministic solution that does not require the network model-an approach purely based on measurement data. This is a suitable way to overcome common issues when using a model-based approach, e.g., the use of an excessive number of variables and equations, the presence of un-modeled dynamics, unknown parameters and/or the lack of first principle model equations. To corroborate the advantages of the proposed approach, the present work addresses an extreme but also realistic scenario: weak networks with active loads, such as constant power loads (CPLs). It is also shown that the proposed scheme guarantees stability in a rigorous deterministic way-using a Lyapunov approach based on coefficient matrices directly constructed from data. Simulation results using a multi-bus LVDC distribution network, based on PSCAD/EMTDC, are provided as proof of concept. © 2010-2012 IEEE.
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