Capacitor-less VAR compensator based on matrix converter

Divya Balakrishnan, Robert S. Balog

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Abstract

Reactive power compensation in the electrical utility system employs static VAR compensators (SVCs) and static compensators (STATCOMs). However, these solutions are based upon large banks of capacitors, a component known to have reliability problems. Over decades of service life, these capacitors must be continuously monitored and periodically replaced - adding maintenance and operational costs. This paper proposes a VAR compensator based on a 3/3 matrix converter that uses inductors instead, which are maintenance-free, rugged, and do not suffer from the same wear-out mechanisms that limit the service life of capacitors. The proposed compensator is seen as a better solution to reactive power compensation in view of its higher reliability and long-term levelized cost benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorth American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2010
EventNorth American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010 - Arlington, TX, United States
Duration: 26 Sep 201028 Sep 2010

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NameNorth American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010

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OtherNorth American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, TX
Period26/9/1028/9/10

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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Balakrishnan, D., & Balog, R. S. (2010). Capacitor-less VAR compensator based on matrix converter. In North American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010 [5619592] (North American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/NAPS.2010.5619592