Dr. Robert S. Balog presented two research papers co-authored with Dr. Wesam Rohouma, Ph.D. student Mr. Aaqib Ahmad Peerzada, and Dr. Miroslav M. Begovic at the 10th International Conference on Smart Grid in Istanbul, TÜRKIYE on June 27 – 29, 2022. The papers, available through the IEEE Explorer, are entitled “Capacitor-less D-STATCOM for Voltage Profile Improvement in Distribution Network with High PV Penetration” and “Use of D-STATCOM for Solid State LED Lamp Harmonic Power Mitigation.”

In these papers, results are presented showing the performance of a distribution static synchronous compensator (D-STATCOM) for use in a low voltage distribution network to provide the necessary voltage support under high penetration of photovoltaic energy systems (PV) and compensation of harmonic power introduced under high penetration of solid-state lighting such as light-emitting diodes (LED). The D-STATCOM technology is based on a matrix converter (MC) topology using model predictive control (MPC). It is capable of long service life since it uses inductive energy storage instead of the traditional electrolytic capacitor and was shown to improve the overall system reliability.

These publications were made possible by NPRP grant # 13S-0213-200357 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.