This paper presents an improved current control strategy for a three-phase voltage source converter connected to distorted grid. The proposed controller can successfully compensate the induced harmonic currents, while suppressing possible active power ripple. To manage various objectives and deal with tough restrictions, model predictive control can offer a promising solution. However, a modified extended complex Kalman filter is introduced to estimate the positive and negative fundamental components of the grid voltages which are used with the real and reactive power references to generate pure sinusoidal reference currents without the need for a phase-locked loop (PLL), avoiding its challenges under abnormal grid conditions. An improved space vector-based model predictive control (SVM-MPC) is proposed to regulate the real and reactive power components. The main target of this controller is to maintain harmonic free grid currents, even in unbalanced and distorted grid conditions, with enhanced performance in terms of fast dynamic response and good steady-state behavior. The proposed SVM MPC uses Pythagoras theorem to determine duty factors, avoiding trigonometric functions, which improves the computational burden and implementation complexity. In addition, fixed switching frequency can be ensured. Simulation and experimental results are carried out to validate the effectiveness and the practical feasibility of the proposed controller under distorted grid conditions.
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