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Title: Virtual Oscillator Control Maintains Grid Operations with High Inverter Penetrations

VOC makes each inverter behave electrically like a spring, 'bouncing back' to its normal operating range when disturbed. Coupling these inverters electronically could result in a new way to stabilize power grids. VOC has been demonstrated in a microgrid using several small inverters. In addition, five custom-designed inverters have been built and will be tested with grid simulations at NREL using power hardware-in-the-loop technology. VOC may provide a simple method to keep microgrids stable -- a topic of growing interest as resilience to energy disruptions gains prominence. VOC may also provide a means to transition power grids from today's inertia-dominated systems to systems that do not rely on rotating machinery.
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; virtual oscillator control; VOC; power grid