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 “Use of D-STATCOM for Solid State LED Lamp Harmonic Power Mitigation” at the GCC Power 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Muscat, Oman on 29th October 2019.

In this paper, a matrix converter topology-based distribution static synchronous compensator (D-STATCOM) is proposed for use in the low voltage distribution network to compensate the harmonics generated from the LED lamps. The D-STATCOM is controlled using a finite control set model predictive control (FCS-MPC). This capacitor-less topology is well-suited for long-life applications under hot environmental conditions. Experimental studies were performed, and the results obtained showed the effectiveness of the proposed technology in harmonics power mitigation.