Transformer-less Unified Power Flow Controller

Introduction

 

The ability to store and shift electrical power over time is becoming more important as economies increasingly adopt renewable power sources. Meshed AC power grids have limited controllability and cannot effectively handle congestion of key transmission lines during sporadic peaks and valleys of input power, such as that produced by solar and wind sources. Conventional unified power flow controllers (UPFCs) mitigate the congestion problem by balancing the load across transmission lines, but require expensive, large transformers with high losses. They are also inefficient at handling sporadic power inputs.

 

Description of Technology

 

Michigan State University’s invention is a transformer-less UPFC. This allows the UPFC to be produced far more cheaply and take up less real estate than conventional UPFCs. In addition, it is much more efficient and better suited to handle highly dynamic current power inputs.

 

Key Benefits

  • Cheaper than conventional UPFCs
  • Less space required at load-balancing points in the grid
  • Efficient under stable and sporadic power inputs—great for multiple or unpredictable power inputs such as solar and wind energy sources

 

Applications

  • Power distribution for load balancing, especially where solar and wind supply power

 

Patent Status

 

Patent allowed (number coming soon)

 

Inventors

 

Fang Peng

 

Tech ID

 

TEC2011-0105

 

Patent Information:

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For Information, Contact:

Raymond DeVito
Technology Manager
Michigan State University
devitora@msu.edu
Inventors:
Fang Peng
Keywords:
Power Converter