Bipolar Type DC Microgrids for High-Quality Power Distribution

Sebastián Rivera, Samir Kouro, Bin Wu, Ricardo Lizana F.

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During the last decades, AC systems dominated the power transmission and distribution applications almost exclusively. However, a recent convergence of needs originated in different sectors (renewable energy conversion, information technology and transportation) have accelerated the development of DC systems. Nowadays, DC systems are present at both transmission and distribution levels, offering high-performance solutions with enhanced efficiency and reliability, besides reducing the number of power conversion stages involved and uninterrupted power delivery. For LVDC active networks, two kinds of architectures are possible: unipolar and bipolar. Despite being a more sophisticated and technically complex solution, bipolar structure provide several advantages over conventional unipolar ones. Higher availability, efficiency and flexibility are just a few advantages featured by bipolar systems. This chapter presented a brief overview covering the different aspects of bipolar LVDC networks. Distribution converter topologies, balancing stages and also their control schemes are discussed in order to highlight the efforts being made in this growing architecture.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationDC Distribution Systems and Microgrids
EditorsFrede Blaabjerg, Pat Wheeler, Tomislav Dragicevic
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherThe Institution of Engineering and Technology
ISBN (Electronic)9781785613838
ISBN (Print)9781785613821
StatePublished - Oct 2018


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