The application of the modular multilevel matrix converter in high-power wind turbines
Diaz, Matias and Espinoza, Mauricio and Mora, Andreas and Cardenas, Roberto and Wheeler, Patrick (2016) The application of the modular multilevel matrix converter in high-power wind turbines. In: 18th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, 5-9 September 2016, Karlsruhe, Germany. (In Press)
The trend in wind turbines has shown an ongoing power rating growth, reaching sizes up to 10 MW. Multilevel converters have therefore become a favourable solution for Multi-MW Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECSs), due to high efficiency, reliability, controllability and the ability to reach high power/voltage ratings. Moreover, stringent grid codes to regulate the connection of WECSs to the electrical networks have been developed in countries with a high penetration of wind energy. In this context, this paper introduces the novel application of the Modular Multilevel Matrix Converter for interfacing Multi-MW Wind Turbines to provide decoupled input-output regulation, variable speed operation and fulfilment of modern grid codes.
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