Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Wesam Rohouma and Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Morcos Metry presented their research on improving the reliability of the Capacitorless D-STATCOM in the distribution networks on November 10, 2020. The workshop, which was held virtually, was originally scheduled to be in-person in Aalborg, DENMARK.

This paper presents a method based on Model Predictive Control (MPC) to reduce switching losses in the converter by controlling the error margin size (aka penalizing fidelity) while maintaining acceptable operation within IEEE harmonics standards. This work results show a reduction in switching frequency by over 30%, which results in reducing switching losses and improving the reliability of the system.

This publication was made possible by NPRP grant # 9-204-2-103 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors. The authors acknowledge and thank Prof. Pat Wheeler and Prof. Lee Empringham from the power electronics and machine control group at the University of Nottingham, UK, for their collaboration on the matrix converter prototype design and fabrication.