Flexible Research Control Platform for Grid-connected Converters (GR-10-10)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Herb Ginn
This project developed a digital control system for power electronics that interfaces with Power Electronic Building Block (PEBB) type converter power stages in order to provide a flexible and reconfigurable platform for grid-connected converter control development. In addition, a hardware-in-the-loop interface was included in the digital controller in order to allow maximum flexibility for laboratory setups. For example, a set of converters in a back-to-back configuration could be utilized to mimic an energy source such as a PV array or wind turbine system. A control development kit is provided that generates code for the digital control system using a graphical user interface. Common blocks for controls used in grid-connected converter applications are provided.