Performance improvement of a grid-connected inverter under distorted grid voltage using a harmonic extractor

Sungjoon Cho, Ho Sung Kang, Kyo Beum Lee, Ji Yoon Yoo

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This paper introduces an improved current control strategy for a grid-connected inverter system operating under distorted grid voltage conditions. Although existing current controllers for grid-connected inverters have proportional integral gains with suitable bandwidth, low-order harmonic components can be generated by distorted grid voltages. The proposed improved current controller is established in a synchronous reference frame that rotates at harmonic frequency. The input signals for the harmonic current controller should contain only the specific harmonic components requiring suppression. Therefore, the proposed current controller uses a harmonic extractor to distinguish current signals from fundamental and specific harmonic components. The harmonic extractor retains only the relevant harmonic components for individual current controllers with high harmonic signal ratios. This paper introduces two different strategies to extract specific harmonic components for the current controller. The proposed control strategy does not require any additional hardware filter circuits and can be implemented easily by designing a suitable digital filter. When using the proposed method, grid current quality is significantly improved compared to conventional methods that do not include harmonic extractors. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified through simulations and practical experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1038
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sept

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This work was supported by “Human Resources Program in Energy Technology” and “Demonstration and Development of ESS Solution Connected with Renewable Energy against with the weather condition of Middle East Region“ of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP), granted financial resource from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea. (No. 20194030202370, 20182410105160).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Distorted voltage
  • Grid-connected inverter
  • Harmonic current controller
  • Harmonic extractor
  • Harmonic signal ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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