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Matrix Converter Switching and Commutation Strategies for Grid Integration of Distributed Generation

  • Md Sawkat Ali
  • M. Mejbaul HaqueEmail author
  • Peter Wolfs
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Part of the Renewable Energy Sources & Energy Storage book series (RESES)

Abstract

The matrix converter (MC) is becoming an alternative to power converters that brings size, weight and volume advantages for the grid interconnection of microgrids, distributed generation systems, and loads. The MC provides several technical benefits compared to the traditional power converters based on rectifier-inverters. The major advantage that promotes the use of the MC for grid interactive applications is its inherent capability of bidirectional power flow. MCs can be used as voltage regulators in low voltage (LV) distribution networks. Voltage balance and voltage regulation can be controlled by adding a series compensation voltage with a transformer. The MC supplies the injection transformer with an appropriate voltage. To achieve these functionalities, the MC hardware prototype needs both proper switching and commutation processes. The major focus of this chapter is to discuss different types of switching and commutation strategies for the MC that considers silicon carbide (SiC) based junction field effect transistors (JFETs), MOSFETs and SiC-based MOSFETs. The experimental results reveal that the four step commutation and SiC-based MOSFET devices are the best option for designing MCs for microgrid applications.

Keywords

Matrix converter Commutation strategies Switching configuration Voltage regulation Renewable generation Experimental verification 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Central Queensland UniversityRockhamptonAustralia

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