Dr. Wesam Rohouma presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Robert Balog, Ph.D. student Mr. Aaqib Ahmad Peerzada, and Dr. Miroslav M. Begovic entitled “Capacitor-less D-STATCOM for Voltage Profile Improvement in Distribution Network with High PV Penetration” at the GCC Power 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Muscat, Oman on October 28, 2019.

In this paper, Distribution static synchronous compensator (D-STATCOM) based matrix converter (MC) is proposed for use in a low voltage distribution network to provide the necessary voltage support. This technology is reliable and has long service life as it employs inductive energy storage instead of the capacitive elements which will improve the system reliability, controlled by finite-set model predictive control. Experimental results are provided to show the effectiveness of the proposed technology.