Implementation of Solar-PV Inverter as STATCOM during Nighttime in Grid-Connected System (PV-STATCOM)

Authors

  • Indraman Tamrakar Department of Electrical Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Kishor Joshi Department of Electrical Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Pranisha Karki Department of Electrical Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Sagar Bimali Department of Electrical Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Tara Aryal Department of Electrical Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Lalitpur, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jie.v15i3.32762

Keywords:

Static Synchronous Shunt Compensator (STATCOM), Photovoltaic (PV), Reactive Power Control, Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS), Solar Power Systems

Abstract

Grid-connected PV-system generates active power only during daytime and it remains completely idle or sleeping during nighttime.
In an interconnected power system balance between active and reactive power consumption and generation is very essential to
maintain the frequency and voltage constant. The current trend is that the reactive Power is either supplied by generators or by separate
reactive Power compensators such and shunt capacitor, STATCOM, etc. If the grid needs reactive power during night time, the
sleeping inverter of the solar-PV system can be used as a reactive power generator without exceeding the volt-amp rating of the
inverter and this scheme is named PV-STATCOM in this paper.
This paper presents the concept of PV-STATCOM and its control logic. The inverter of the grid-connected Solar-PV system acts as
an active power generator during daytime and reactive power generator during nighttime. The proposed scheme is simulated in
MATLAB Simulink and the simulation results are presented. The simulation result shows that the proposed control logic for PV-
STATCOM works satisfactorily.

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Published

2020-11-08

How to Cite

Tamrakar, I., Joshi, K., Karki, P., Bimali, S., & Aryal, T. (2020). Implementation of Solar-PV Inverter as STATCOM during Nighttime in Grid-Connected System (PV-STATCOM). Journal of the Institute of Engineering, 15(3), 411–419. https://doi.org/10.3126/jie.v15i3.32762

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