Predictive control of power electronics converters in renewable energy systems

Jiefeng Hu, Ka Wai Eric Cheng

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

27 Citations (Scopus)


Predictive control has attracted much attention and has been widely used in power electronics and electric drives. However, further developments for applications in the field of renewable energy systems are still under investigation. In this paper, the principles of predictive control are studied with a focus on model predictive control (MPC) and vector-sequence-based predictive control (VPC). Based on these techniques, two control strategies for flexible power supply are developed. They are implemented in the most promising renewable energy systems, namely solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and wind generators, respectively. The experimental results based on a laboratory prototype show that the active and reactive powers supplied by the PV and wind generator can be controlled flexibly with excellent steady-state and transient performance. As the penetration level of the renewable energy sources in electricity network continues to rise, predictive control tends to be an attractive and powerful technique for power electronics converters in renewable energy systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number515
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2017


  • Distributed generation
  • Power converters
  • Predictive control
  • Renewable energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Predictive control of power electronics converters in renewable energy systems'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this