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Symmetrical duty cycle control for FCSC converter for wave energy applications

Lookup NU author(s): Tahani Al-Mhana, Dr Bashar Zahawi, Professor Volker Pickert


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© 2014 IEEE.Wave energy converters generally suffer from a low operating power factor due to the nature of the long wavelength water wave and the inductance of the electrical generator employed in the conversion process. A Forced Commutated Series Capacitor (FCSC) converter can be connected between the generator and the load circuit to prevent power factor degradation. This paper describes the effectiveness of a new FCSC control strategy developed for operation at low and variable frequencies corresponding to the nature of the water waves. Simulation results show that the proposed symmetrical duty cycle control strategy is capable of maintaining almost unity power factor over the required frequency range.

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Author(s): Al-Mhana T, Zahawi B, Pickert V

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 2014 9th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing, CSNDSP 2014

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 56-60

Online publication date: 16/10/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.


DOI: 10.1109/CSNDSP.2014.6923798

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781479925810