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The proliferation of power electronics based equipment has produced a significant impact on the quality of electric power supply. Conventional power quality mitigation equipment is proving to be inadequate for an increasing number of applications, and this fact has attracted the attention of power engineers to develop dynamic and adjustable solutions to power quality problems. This has led to development of Custom Power Devices (CPD). One modern and very promising CPD that deals with both load current and supply voltage imperfections is the Unified Power Quality Conditioner (UPQC).
One modern solution that deals with both load current and supply voltage imperfections is the Unified Power Quality Conditioner (UPQC) such a solution can compensate for different power quality phenomena, such as: sags, swells, voltage imbalance, flicker, harmonics and reactive currents. UPQC is a combination of series and shunt active filters connected in cascade via a common dc link capacitor. The series active filter inserts a voltage, which is added at the point of the common coupling (PCC) such that the loads end voltage remains unaffected by any voltage disturbance. The main objectives of the shunt active filter are: to compensate for the load reactive power demand and unbalance, to eliminate the harmonics from the supply current, and to regulate the common dc link voltage.
This project investigated the development of UPQC control schemes and algorithms for power quality improvement and implementation of a versatile control strategy to enhance the performance of UPQC. The proposed control scheme gives better steady-state and dynamic response. The validity of the proposed control method is verified by means of MATLAB/SIMULINK.