Power Converter Control in Microgrids: Challenges, Advances, and Trends

Presented by: Jiefeng Hu

As the electronic interfaces between distributed energy resources (DERs) and the electrical network, power converters play a vital role in voltage stabilization and power conversion. So far, various power converter control methods have been developed. This talk provides an overview of the state-of-the-art of parallel power converter control in microgrid applications. The most important control schemes to address existing challenges, including concentrated control, master-slave control, droop mechanism, virtual synchronous generators (VSG), virtual oscillator control (VOC), distributed cooperative control, and model predictive control (MPC), are highlighted and analyzed in detail. In addition, the hierarchical control structure, as well as future trends, are reviewed and discussed.


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Electrical engineers, electronics engineers, research students including PhD candidates, academic scholars, CEO and staff in companies in renewable energy and smart grids


J HUJiefeng Hu (Senior Member, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Technology Sydney, Australia. He participated in the research of minigrids in Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Newcastle, Australia. He was an  Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. Currently he is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy at Federation University  Australia. He is also the stream leader of Centre for New Energy Transition Research (CfNETR) at Federation University Australia. His research interests include power electronics, renewable energy, and smart microgrids. Dr. Hu is an Associate Editor of IET Renewable Power Generation, an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, an Associate Editor of IEEE Access, and was a Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics for a Special Issue “Applications of Predictive Control in Microgrids”.

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Microgrids; power converter control; renewable energy; smart grids




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