Universidad de Costa Rica

Modelling and control of the modular multilevel matrix converter and its application to wind energy conversion systems

Ing. Mauricio Espinoza Bolaños, PhD.
Matias Diaz and Roberto Cárdenas and Mauricio Espinoza and Andres Mora and Pat Wheeler


In the last past years, some countries are enforcing stringent grid codes to regulate the connection of Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECSs) to the electrical network, mainly because of the high penetration of electric power from this renewable source. Additionally, the trend of wind turbines has shown an ongoing power rating growth, reaching sizes up to 10 MW. Multilevel converters have appeared as a solution for large WECSs, due to its high reliability, controllability and the capability to reach high power ratings. This paper presents a control strategy for the application of the Modular Multilevel Matrix Converter in Multimegawatts Wind Turbines. Extensive computer simulations and a downscaled laboratory prototype, with twenty-seven power cells, are presented to validate the effectiveness of the proposed control system.

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