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Hirofumi Akagi

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This paper describes advanced power electronics technology relevant to active filtering and energy storage for the purpose of power conditioning. The combination of active filtering and energy storage leads to a versatile system in terms of power conditioning. However, energy storage is much more difficult and costly in realization than active filtering because modern science offers only chemical action, electromagnetic or electrostatic field, and kinetic or potential energy as viable ways of energy storage. The author cannot survey the whole spectrum of active filtering and energy storage. Therefore, this paper is focused on the present status of active filters for power conditioning, along with a 200-MJ/20-MW flywheel energy storage system which has been commercially installed on a 66-kV power system for the purpose of line-frequency regulation in Japan

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