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Mitigation of short term voltage variations using PV based dynamic

voltage restorer

Avinash Maurya





Electrical Engineering Department


MMMUT Gorakhpur, U.P, India.

Abstract— One of the most important issues for power companies and users is to maintain the quality of power .Voltage sag, voltage swell and interruption comes under short term voltage variations. In order to mitigate these variations, a custom power device called dynamic voltage restorer (DVR) is used.Its basic function is to inject the voltage difference (difference between pre-sag & sag voltage ) to the power line in such a phase so that it can maintain the pre-sag or pre-swell voltage condition in the load side with in few milliseconds. In this paper, a PV based dynamic voltage restorer (DVR) has been proposed to mitigate voltage sag, swell and interruptions on a low voltage residential distribution system. The PV based DVR can recover sags up to 0.1 pu, swells up to 1.9pu. Otherwise, it work as an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) when the utility grid fails to supply. This PV based DVR comprises of PV system with MPPT controller, boost converter, PWM voltage source inverter, series injection transformer & semiconductor switch. Modeling and simulation has been done in MATLAB software. The simulation result shows that proposed DVR works effectively to mitigate voltage sag, swell and interruptions.

Key words: DVR (Dynamic Voltage Restorer), Power quality, Photo-voltaic cell, Voltage Sag, Voltage swell, Block diagram of PV based dynamic voltage restorer, Simulation and results.


Modern power systems are very complex networks, where hundreds of generating stations and thousands of load centres are interconnected through long power transmission and distribution networks. Ideally power distribution system should give an uninterrupted flow of energy with smooth sinusoidal voltage with fixed magnitude and frequency to their customer. However, practically especially in the distribution system this is not possible because of numerous nonlinear loads, which significantly affect the quality of power supply [1, 2].

Voltage sag is defined as a sudden reduction in supply voltage in between 90% and 10% of the nominal value, followed by a recovery after a short interval about few milliseconds.

The standard duration of sag is between 10 milliseconds and 1 minute. Voltage sag can cause loss in production in automated processes since voltage sag can trip a motor or cause its controller to malfunction and it also effect medical instruments which needs constant voltage in any condition for their proper working [1, 4].

Common sources that contribute to voltage sags are the starting of large induction motors, switching on a large load, de-energizing a large capacitor and utility faults.

Voltage swell is defined as sudden increase in supply between 110% and 180% of the nominal value of the

duration of 10 milliseconds to 1 minute. The main sources of voltage swells are line faults and incorrect tap settings in tap changers in substations. Swells can also be caused by switching off a large load or energizing a large capacitor bank.

Voltage sag and swell effect the behavior of critical loads. Tripping of adjustable speed drives (ASD) is one of the main cause of voltage sag problems, causing critical loads to stop and cause significant economic loss [5].To solve the above problems a new method is proposed in this paper.

In general, DVR compensate voltage sag, voltage swell and interruption by injecting proper voltage through series injection transformer. But, it requires a high capacity DC storage system. In this paper, a PV system with MPPT controller and boost converter has been used to generate as a high capacity DC voltage source.

Advantages of PV cell are:

 Since the solar energy is free of cost hence no operational cost.

 More flexibility is available in solar photovoltaic systems. Therefore SPV plants of different sizes may be designed and implemented as desired.  Solar energy systems are not location specific.

Almost every place, sun radiation is available.  Electricity is the most convenient and the most

general form of energy which can be generated by using SPV systems and can also be converted in to others forms of energy as per requirement.

 SPV systems don’t have any machinery (moving system) which results low maintenance and repairing.

 SPV systems are ecofriendly since don’t pollute the environment like other power plants, nuclear power plants etc.

 Only supporting systems like inverters, batteries acquire some maintenance.

 SPV systems are very durable. Typically solar photovoltaic modules having life more than twenty years. Only some cleaning of upper surface of module may be done occasionally for proper working.

Disadvantages of PV cell are:  Cost of PV cell is high.  Efficiency is very less.

 Dependent on weather condition.  Storage system is required for night.

 Solar cells produce DC which must be converted to AC.


190% of voltage swells and outages on a low voltage distribution system has been presented.


Power quality is a term that means different things to different people. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standard IEEE1100 defines power quality as “the concept of powering and grounding sensitive electronic equipment in a manner suitable for the equipment” [8]. Power quality problems are associated with power systems with broad ranges of time frames such as long duration variations, short duration variations and other disturbances. All electrical devices are prone to failure or malfunction when exposed to one or more power quality problems.

A. Sources of power quality problems

 Starting of large induction motor takes high current which leads to voltage sag.

 Energizing capacitive banks or switching of a large load cause to voltage swell.

 Rural location remote from power source.  Unbalanced load on three phase system.  Long distance from a distribution transformer.  Unreliable grid systems.

B. Solution to power quality problems

Basically there are two methods to mitigate power quality problems. One from customer side or other from utility side; first approach is called load conditioning, which ensures that the equipment is less sensitive to power disturbances, allowing the operation even under significant voltage distortion. The other solution is to install line conditioning systems that suppress or counteract the power system disturbances. Currently they are based on PWM converters and connect to low and medium voltage distribution system in shunt or in series. Some of the effective and economic measures can be identified as following:

(1) Lightning and surge Arresters (2) Thyristor Based Static Switches (3) Energy Storage Systems

(4) Electronic tap changing transformer (5) Harmonic filter

Fig.1: Percentage of Power Quality Problems


The Dynamic Voltage Restorer (DVR), also referred to as the Series Voltage Booster (SVB) or the Static Series Compensator (SSC), is a device that utilizes solid state power electronic components, and is connected in series to

the utility primary distribution circuit [2].Its main function is to monitor the load voltage waveform constantly by injecting missing voltage in case of sag and swell.

Fig.2(1): Dynamic Voltage Restorer

Fig.2 (2): Dynamic Voltage Restorer

The DVR usually consists of an injection transformer, which is connected in series with the distribution line, a voltage source PWM inverter, which is connected to the secondary of the injection transformer and an energy storage device connected at the dc-link of the converter bridge [2]. A typical schematic of the DVR is shown in fig 2(a) and 2(b). The inverter output is filtered before being fed to the injection transformer in order to nullify switching frequency harmonics. The series injected voltage with a variable amplitude, phase and frequency of the DVR is synthesized by modulating pulse widths of the inverter bridge switches. The injection of an appropriate series voltage component in the face of a voltage disturbance requires a certain amount of real and reactive power supply by the DVR.


IV. OPERATING MODES OF DVR There are three modes of DVR which is as follows

A. Protection mode


In this mode DVR is protected from huge inrush current whenever short circuit occurs on load side. Switch 𝑺𝟐 and 𝑺𝟑 are opened and 𝑺𝟏 are closed when current reaches to prescribed limit.

Fig.3: Protection mode of DVR

B. Standby Mode


In this mode secondary of transformer is shorted by semiconductor switches so voltage injected will zero. DVR mostly remains off in this mode. This is normal mode when there is no disturbances across load.

Fig. 4: Standby mode of DVR

C. Injection mode:

In this mode DVR inject missing voltage with the help of series injection transformer after detecting voltage sag/swell or outages to maintain pre-fault voltage. Three single phase ac voltages are injected in series with required magnitude, phase & wave shape for compensation.


Solar cell works on the principle of photovoltaic effect, which is a process of generating an emf as a result of absorption of ionizing radiation. At junction after photons are absorbed, the free electrons of n-region will flow to p-region and the holes of p-p-region will tend to flow to the n-region to reduce their deficiencies. This diffusion will create an electric field from the n-region to p-region. The flow of electron through external circuit constitute an electric current which will continue as long as more free electrons and holes are generated by solar radiation [1,19].Mostly silicon is used as solar cell material.

Fig. 5: Conversion of solar radiation in to electrical energy

Fig. 6: Equivalent circuit of photovoltaic cell The PV model is developed using basic equations of photovoltaic cells including the effects of temperature changes and solar irradiation [1]. The PV cell output voltage is a function of the photo current that mainly determined by load current depending on the solar irradiation level during the operation. The solar cell output voltage is shown as

where 𝑉𝑐 is cell output voltage in volt. A is Ideality factor of diode.

e is electron charge 1.602 × 10−19 C. 𝐼𝑝 is Photo current.

𝐼𝑜 is reverse saturation current of diode. k is Boltzmann constant1.38 × 10−22 j/C

Ic is cell output current in A. Rs is solar cell internal resistance.

Tc is operating temperature of the reference cell.



In this type of dynamic voltage restorer dc source given to inverter is provided by PV panel with MPPT controller.

Since output value of PV panel is not sufficient so boost converter is used to get maximum power.

Duty cycle of boost converter is controlled by the MPPT controller. Whenever there is a voltage sag, voltage swell or outages takes place then after comparison of voltage across load and reference voltage an error signal is generated which is then fed to PI controller. Output of this PI controller varies the duty cycle of PWM inverter in such a way so as to maintain nominal voltage by injecting appropriate missing voltage with the help of series injection transformer.



Fig. 7: PV cell based dynamic voltage restorer


The proposed DVR has been simulated in MATLAB software to compensate voltage sag,voltage swell and interruptions for single phase distribution system.


Total simulation period is 0.3 second.A three phase programmable voltage source has been used as a single phase variable voltage supply to generate voltage sag,voltage sell and outages.

Fig. 8: Simulation model of PV based DVR

The voltage sag,voltage swell and outages occurs during period of 0.1 to 0.2 second.Figures shows voltage sag,voltage swell,injected voltages and compensated voltage.

Fig. 9: Voltage sag (0.8 pu)

Fig. 10: Injected voltage


Fig.11: Compensated voltage (1 pu)

Fig.12: Voltage swell (1.2 pu)

Fig.13: Injected voltage

Fig.14: Compensated voltage (1 pu)

Fig.15: Interruption


Fig. 17: Compensated voltage (1 pu)


In this paper, DVR which comprises a PV array with MPPT controller has been used as a DC source to compensate voltage sag, voltage swell and interruptions. Modelling and simulation of PV based DVR has been done in MATLAB software. The proposed DVR utilizes power generated from PV panel and excess power stored in batteries. The simulation result shows satisfactory performance in mitigation of short term voltage variations.


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