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A model-free switching and control method for three-level neutral point clamped converter using deep reinforcement learning

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Qashqai, Pouria, Babaie, Mohammad, Zgheib, Rawad and Al-Haddad, Kamal. 2023. « A model-free switching and control method for three-level neutral point clamped converter using deep reinforcement learning ». IEEE Access, vol. 11. pp. 105394-105409.
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Abstract

This paper presents a novel model-free switching and control method for three-level neutral point clamped (NPC) converter using deep reinforcement learning (DRL). Our approach targets two primary control objectives: voltage balancing and current control. In this method, voltage balancing, current control and selection of optimal switches are achieved using a reward function which is calculated based on various signals measured as observations of the DRL agent. Since the action space is discrete, a deep Q-network (DQN) agent is utilized. DQN is used due to its capability of handling high-dimensional state spaces. In order to highlight its pros and cons, the proposed method is compared with model predictive control (MPC), which is another popular non-linear control method for power electronic converters. The pro- posed method is evaluated and compared with the MPC method in grid-connected mode using simulations in Matlab/Simulink. To evaluate the practical performance of the DRL method, various experimental results are obtained. The simulation and experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method effectively achieves accurate voltage balancing and ensures steady operation even in the presence of various dynamic changes, including variations in the reference currents and grid voltage. Additionally, the method successfully handles uncertainties, such as sensor measurement noise, and accommodates parameter variations, such as changes in the capacity of the DC-link capacitors and line impedance. The results demonstrate that this method exhibits superior adaptability to real-time changes and uncertainties, delivering more robust performance compared to similar conventional methods like MPC. Thus, this method can be considered a promising approach for intelligent control of power electronic converters, especially when conventional methods such as MPC face challenges in performance and accuracy under severe parameter variations and uncertainties

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
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Al Haddad, Kamal
Affiliation: Génie électrique
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2023 15:32
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2023 15:52
URI: https://espace2.etsmtl.ca/id/eprint/27939

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