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Modelling and power quality analysis of a grid-connected solar PV system

Kumary, S.V.S., Oo, A.M.T., Arangarajan, V., Shafiullah, GM. and Stojcevski, A. (2014) Modelling and power quality analysis of a grid-connected solar PV system. In: Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC2014), 28 September - 1 October, Perth, Western Australia

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Increased concern about global warming coupled with the escalating demand of energy has driven the conventional power system to be more reliable one by integrating Renewable Energies (RE) in to grid. Over the recent years, integration of solar PV forming a grid-connected PV is considered as one of the most promising technologies to the developed countries like Australia to meet the growing demand of energy. This rapid increase in grid connected photovoltaic (PV) systems has made the supply utilities concerned about the drastic effects that have to be considered on the distribution network in particular voltage fluctuations, harmonic distortions and the Power factor for sustainable power generation. However, irrespective of the fact that the utility grid can accommodate the variability of load or irregular solar irradiance, it is essential to study the impact of grid connected PV systems during higher penetration levels as the intermittent nature of solar PV adversely effects the grid characteristics in meeting the load demand. Hence, keeping this in track, this paper examines the grid-connected PV system considering a residential network of Geelong region (38°.09'S and 144°.21' E) and explores the level of impacts considering summer load profile with a change in the level of integrations. Initially, a PV power system network model is developed in MATLAB/Simulink environment and the simulations are carried out to explore the impacts of solar PV penetration at low voltage distribution network considering power quality (PQ) issues such as voltage fluctuations, harmonics distortion at different load conditions.

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