Synchronverters have gained interest due to their capability of emulating synchronous machines, offering self-synchronization to the grid. Despite the simplicity of the control structure, the adoption of an LCL filter makes the overall model complex again, posing questions regarding the tuning of the synchronverter and its robustness. The multi-inputs multi-outputs (MIMO) formulation of the problem requires multivariable analysis. In this paper, the effects of control parameter and grid conditions on the stability of the system are investigated by means of structured singular values (or μ-analysis). A step-by-step design procedure for the control is introduced based on a linearized small-signal model of the system. Then, the design repercussions on the stability performance are evaluated through the performed robustness analysis. The developed linearized model is validated against time-domain simulations and laboratory experiments. These have been carried out using a power hardware-in-the-loop test bench, which allows as to test the synchronverter under different grid conditions. As a conclusion, this paper offers a simple guide to tune synchronverters but also a theoretical solid framework to assess the robustness of the adopted design.
- Power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) tests
- synchronverter design
- synchronverter robust stability analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering