State-feedback Control of a Current Source Inverter-based STATCOM

  • Gang Yao Shanghai Jiao tong University
  • LiXue Tao Jiangsu Electronic power design institute,
  • LiDan Zhou Shanghai Jiao tong University
  • Chen Chen Shanghai Jiao tong University


The static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) is well known as a reactive power compensator with the best performance in the power system recently, which is used in power systems to regulate the line voltage, enhance the power transmission capacity and extend the transient stability margin. STATCOM is conventionally realized by a voltage-source converter; however, being a current injection device, its performance can be improved when realized by a current-source converter (CSC) that can generate a controllable current directly at its output terminals. A STATCOM based on the current-source converter topology is proposed. The nonlinear model of the current-source converter, which is the source of the difficulties in the controller design, has been modified to a linear model through a novel modeling technique. The proposed modeling technique is not based on the linearization of a set of nonlinear equations around an operating point. Instead, the power balance equation and a nonlinear input transformation are used to derive a linear model independent of the operating point. This model acts as the basis for the design of a decoupled state-feedback controller. The proposed STATCOM has been simulated using the PSCAD/EMTDC package. The simulation results show that a CSC-based STATCOM can result in excellent current and voltage waveforms as well as very short response time while operating at a low switching frequency. This makes the proposed scheme suitable for high power applications. Ill. 6, bibl. 11 (in English; summaries in English, Russian and Lithuanian).

How to Cite
Yao, G., Tao, L., Zhou, L., & Chen, C. (2010). State-feedback Control of a Current Source Inverter-based STATCOM. Elektronika Ir Elektrotechnika, 99(3), 17-22. Retrieved from