Abstract: In this paper, a static var compensation scheme is proposed for a cascaded two-level inverter-based multilevel inverter. The topology uses standard two-level inverters to achieve multilevel operation. The dc-link voltages of the inverters are regulated at asymmetrical levels to obtain four-level operation. A simple static var compensating scheme using a cascaded two-level inverter-based multilevel inverter is proposed. The topology consists of two standard two-level inverters connected in cascade through open-end windings of a three-phase transformer. The dc-link voltages of the inverters are regulated at different levels to obtain four-level operation. The simulation study is carried out in MATLAB/SIMULINK to predict the performance of the proposed scheme under balanced and unbalanced supply-voltage conditions. A laboratory prototype is developed to validate the simulation results.
Keywords: DC-link voltage balance, multilevel inverter, power quality (PQ), static compensator (STATCOM).