Capacitor-less VAR Compensator Based On Matrix Converter Conference Paper uri icon


  • Reactive power compensation in the electrical utility system employs static VAR compensators (SVCs) and static compensators (STATCOMs). However, these solutions are based upon large banks of capacitors, a component known to have reliability problems. Over decades of service life, these capacitors must be continuously monitored and periodically replaced - adding maintenance and operational costs. This paper proposes a VAR compensator based on a 3/3 matrix converter that uses inductors instead, which are maintenance-free, rugged, and do not suffer from the same wear-out mechanisms that limit the service life of capacitors. The proposed compensator is seen as a better solution to reactive power compensation in view of its higher reliability and long-term levelized cost benefits.

name of conference

  • North American Power Symposium 2010

published proceedings

  • North American Power Symposium 2010

author list (cited authors)

  • Balakrishnan, D., & Balog, R. S.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Balakrishnan, Divya||Balog, Robert S

publication date

  • September 2010