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Analysis of Power Quality for Distribution Networks Using Active Compensator

K. Naresh Kumar1,*, S. Srinath2

1 R. M. K. Engineeirng College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
2 Velammal Engineering College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

* Corresponding Author: K. Naresh Kumar. Email:

Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing 2023, 36(3), 2623-2638.


This paper concentrates on compensating the power quality issues which have been increased in day-to-day life due to the enormous usage of loads with power electronic control. One such solution is compensating devices like Pension Protection Fund (PPF), Active power filter (APF), hybrid power filter (HPF), etc., which are used to overcome Power Quality (PQ) issues. The proposed method used here is an active compensator called unified power quality conditioner (UPQC) which is a combination of shunt and series type active filter connected via a common DC link. The primary objective is to investigate the behavior of the compensators in the distribution networks. The performance of two configurations of UPQC, Right Shunt UPQC (RS-UPQC) and Left Shunt UPQC (LS-UPQC) are tested in the distribution networks under various load conditions by connecting them at the source side of harmonic generation using a specially constructed transformer called inductively filtered converter transformer which adopts special wiring scheme at the secondary side. PSCAD (Power Systems Computer Aided Design)/EMTDC (Electromagnetic Transients with DC Analysis) software is used to model the compensators connected to the nonlinear load. Both RS-UPQC and LS-UPQC are tested at the distribution side of the supply system with Hysteresis current controller for shunt and Sinusoidal pulse with modulation controller for series at various locations of power system network and their results are compared.



PQ Power Quality
L-UPQC Left Shunt UPQC
DC Direct Current
PCC Point of Common Coupling
SAF Shunt Active Filter
TCT Traditional Converter Transformer
NCT New Converter Transformer
IAF Inductive Active Filtering
PPF Passive Power Filter
PWM Pulse Width Modulation
PLL Phase Locked Loop
VSC Voltage Source Converter
Is Source Current
IL Current form the nonlinear load
IP Primary current of the Transformer
IF Current output from the SAF

1  Introduction

A smooth supply to the consumers is provided by mitigating the power quality issues and making use of the energy efficiently at the consumer terminals. Power Quality is a major concern for the past few years because the linear loads in the power system network have been replaced by the power electronics loads. It is because of the increased usage of nonlinear loads by consumers all over the world. Some of the loads like Light Emission Diode (LED)s, electric drives, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), arc furnaces, etc. draw harmonic currents from the integrated supply network thereby acting as a nonlinear load. Therefore these nonlinear loads present in the supply network affect the quality of power by introducing a wide range of harmonics that will affect the performance of the connected devices. To suppress the magnitude of harmonics, proper compensation has to be provided in the supply network. These compensations in the network can be provided to a wide range of devices from Passive filters, active filters from hybrid active filters of the shunt, series, and type types to unified power quality conditioning [15].

When connecting the compensation devices it has the following concerns. A passive LC filter (inductors (L) and capacitors (C)) in the network can reduce only the fixed order harmonics and the series/parallel resonance is the major issue that occurs between the LC filter and system impedance. And when it happens this will increase harmonic voltages and currents and finally it may damage the LC filter and nearby equipment [68]. Shunt active filter is connected in shunt fashion to Point of Common Coupling (PCC) point to track the online changes in the order of harmonic generation in the supply network by using To create the exact opposite features to a control algorithm in order to balance it But in this instance, the problem shunt active filter is only used to address current quality concerns and also fails to preserve the grid current’s power factor [9].

2  Related Work

The series active filter is connected in series with the supply network via the series transformer in order to handle voltage quality issues like sag and swell. The advantages of both active and passive filters are shared by a hybrid active filter, which lowers the inverter’s rating and investment costs while combining a Shunt Active Filter (SAF) with a passive LC filter. Again, in this instance, devices are made specifically for current correction, not for voltage issues [10]. Therefore, designers implemented UPQC in the distribution system to enhance the quality of the power and guarantee a steady supply to the customers. The shunt and series active filters are coupled in the UPQC device to solve both current- and voltage-related issues using a single DC link in the supply network [1113].

To restrict the flow area of harmonics a specially constructed transformer called a new converter transformer is made to integrate the compensating device at the harmonic generating source side itself, which in turn reduces the harmonic distribution area and thereby reduces all the difficulties created by harmonic currents at the source site itself. And at last, the cost, size complexity of the design, and insulation difficulty are reduced [1417].

The remainder of the paper is organized as follows: Section 1 explains the UPQC technique. Section 2 explains the control strategy used for the active compensator. Section 3 illustrates the Filtering presentation and the physical characteristics of proposed and existing methodologies. Section 4 results and identify the power quality improvement and the conclusion is depicted in Section 5.

3  Materials and Method

3.1 Construction of UPQC

In any nonlinear network to solve the integrated issues of voltage and current, we connected the two active devices one in series and the other one in shunt fashion in a back-to-back manner and they are shared by a common direct current (DC) link between them are shown in Fig. 1. The common devices used in UPQC are:


Figure 1: Proposed configuration of UPQC incorporated in NCT

Shunt Active Filter

A voltage source inverter with parallel connections serves as a shunt active filter. It is suggested that the current quality issues can be resolved by canceling out the current harmonics that the nonlinear load produces. A Control scheme is used to track the harmonic features and deliver the exact opposite harmonic qualities as compensation. It was also advantageous to keep the capacitor’s DC voltage stable.

Series Active Filter

A series-connected voltage source inverter functions as a series active filter. A series transformer is used to connect it to the system. By minimizing voltage imbalances and flickers in the output voltage, this series filter is employed to moderate the voltage fluctuation generated in the system and to preserve a sinusoidal voltage waveform. The series inverter is controlled by a hysteresis controller.

DC Link

A capacitor is used between the two voltage source converters, and it is shared by the inverter and the converters as well. A constant voltage must be produced across the capacitor in order for filters to operate effectively. If the capacitor voltage is properly managed, the need for batteries can be eliminated; but, if it is not, the capacitor voltage may vary, preventing the filters from effectively carrying out their duties. The capacitor voltage is maintained constant using the PI control strategy since it is simple.

3.2 Series Transformer

A series active filter is connected in line with a series transformer to reduce the current entering the series inverter. Therefore, in order to maintain the load voltage, the sinusoidal voltage must be generated at a certain level alone by the series active filter. An RC filter is connected across with a series transformer at the secondary side in order to reduce the significant amount of ripple content caused by switching in the inverter’s injected voltage. Fig. 1 UPQC’s proposed layout as it relates to NCT.

3.3 Series Active Controller

In order to maintain stable load voltage, which is often needed for the sensitive load in the power system network, Fig. 2 illustrates the series controller implemented in the compensator. The phase and amount of the voltage injected by the series active power filter may be controlled by altering the switching order of the series inverter. The phase-locked loop receives the voltage from the three-phase voltage source to produce the reference waveform. By comparing the voltages at the primary side of the transformer with the load voltage, these reference signals from the series compensator are acquired. The controller for the series compensator creates the necessary gate signals for the voltage source converter by acquiring these signals (VSC).


Figure 2: Controller for series active filter

3.4 Shunt Active Controller

The active compensator’s shunt section makes up for the load current. Fig. 3 illustrates how the voltages acquired at the Point of Common Coupling are used by a Phase Locked Loop (PLL) to create the unit vector templates (PCC). The phase angle for reference currents is generated via PLL. The correct phase-shifted PLL output is acquired to provide the sinusoidal reference source currents. The PI controller here provides the magnitude of the sinusoidal reference source current. The primary source current required to charge the DC link capacitor is ascertained by comparing the DC-link voltage measurements to a reference value. Researchers can generate the switching pulses for the shunt-connected Active power filter using the hysteresis controller by comparing currents with reference values.


Figure 3: Controller for shunt active filter

4  Result and Discussion

To prove the performance of the compensator design we have categorized the work into different configurations to compare their results and identify the best solution for power quality improvement. First, simulated the uncompensated system in that we measured the harmonic contents in voltage and current waveforms which have been depicted in Fig. 4.


Figure 4: Uncompensated system voltage and current waveforms

Next, we connect the shunt active filter at the primary side of the TCT – Traditional Converter Transformer and the results of both the current and voltage of the compensated system are shown in Figs. 5 and 6.


Figure 5: TCT with shunt active filter current waveforms


Figure 6: TCT with shunt active filter voltage waveforms

At the third configuration, we replaced our converter transformer of traditional into a new one called NCT, which is having a connection node to connect to the compensating device. Shunt Active Power Filter (SAF) at the secondary side of harmonic generating source side, their results of current and voltage and current waveforms are shown in Figs. 7 and 8.


Figure 7: NCT with shunt active filter current waveforms


Figure 8: NCT with shunt active filter voltage waveforms

The previous configuration is used to reduce the harmonic content only in the current portion but not in the voltage portion. To compensate for the harmonic content both in voltage and current we used the active compensator called Unified Power Quality Conditioner (UPQC) in the NCT. Under this we have taken two configurations of UPQC one is Right shunt UPQC their behavior of current and voltage waveforms are illustrated in Figs. 9 and 10.


Figure 9: NCT with RSUPQC current waveforms


Figure 10: NCT with RSUPQC voltage waveforms

Other configurations of UPQC have Left shunt UPQC their behavior when it incorporates the secondary side of NCT is depicted in Figs. 11 and 12.


Figure 11: NCT with LSUPQC current waveforms


Figure 12: NCT with LSUPQC Voltage Waveforms

Table 1 shows the total harmonic distortion (THD) comparison in various system components using various compensator setups connected.


5  Conclusion

This paper implemented a secondary side of a modern converter transformer that uses inductive filtering and has a uniform power quality state. This configuration is used in distribution networks to reduce harmonic content, which enhances the supply system’s power quality. The compensating device is connected to the secondary side of the new converter transformer using a shared linkage mechanism and a two-winding arrangement. The harmonic content at the secondary side of NCT is balanced by using the controller for the compensator, which is designed using the mathematical model. The power network’s harmonic analysis of various configurations in various places is examined. Based on the analysis of the simulation results, it can be concluded that the configuration of NCT with RS-UPQC will perform better than NCT with LS-UPQC in terms of harmonic reduction with respect to both voltage- and current-related issues, to balance out unbalanced conditions like sag and swell, and to enhance the voltage profile of the system. The active compensator adopted in the distribution networks at the harmonic sources side using NCT can greatly reduce the rating and size of the transformer by improving the filtering effects at the source side itself as a result cost of the system will greatly be reduced.

Funding Statement: The authors did not receive any special funding for this study.

Conflicts of Interest: The authors certify that they have no competing interests in relation to this research.


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K. N. Kumar and S. Srinath, "Analysis of power quality for distribution networks using active compensator," Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing, vol. 36, no.3, pp. 2623–2638, 2023.

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