Energy and impedance space modeling of power electronic converters

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Power electronics are a core enabling technology for local area power networks and microgrids for renewable energy, telecom, data centers and many other applications. Unfortunately, the modeling, simulation and control of power electronics in these systems is complicated when using traditional converter models in conjunction with the network nodal equations. This work proposes a change of variables for the power electronic converter models from traditional voltage and currents to input conductance and stored energy. From this change of state, a universal point of load converter model can be utilized in the network nodal equations irrespective of the topology of the converter. The only impact the original converter topology has on the new model is the bounds on the control and state variables, and the mapping back to the switching or duty cycle controls. The proposed approach greatly simplifies the modeling of local area power networks and microgrids. This simpler model can be used to study stability, energy utilization, and develop high level control strategies that were not previously feasible.

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IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition: Energy Conversion Innovation for a Clean Energy Future, ECCE 2011, Proceedings