IJAT Vol.12 No.1 pp. 123-131
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2018.p0123

Technical Paper:

Experimental Verification of Robust Controller for Electronic Governor of Small Gas Engine Generator

Koichi Okamura*,†, Yuya Tanaka**, Kenji Takahata**, and Jianming Yang**

*Churyo Engineering Co., Ltd.
2-10 Oye-cho, Minato-ku, Nagoya 455-8515, Japan

Corresponding author

**Faculty of Science and Technology, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan

September 4, 2017
November 24, 2017
January 5, 2018
small engine, model matching, optimal observer, robust control, input disturbance

In this paper, a novel application of a robust controller for an electronic governor of a small gas engine generator is presented. There are a few studies regarding the fluctuations in the concentration of bio-methane fuel and load fluctuation of a generator using an approximately 1-kW small gas engine generator. For a relatively small-scale local-production-type energy circulation system, such as the gas energy from a Tambo (GET) system, it is necessary to develop a small gas engine generator that can use the generated unpurified bio-methane gas to accommodate the load fluctuation. The GET system is a bio-methane gas production system, utilizing the sustainable resources from a paddy field, without requiring any distinct auxiliary facilities. We have examined the bio-methane gas produced from the GET system as the fuel of a small gas engine generator, which can supply electric energy and thermal energy to a greenhouse. We have studied the application of a robust engine controller by combining a model matching controller and an optimal observer (MM_OBSV controller) with the electronic governor of the small gas engine generator. The results indicate that the control system is adapted for the input disturbance (load fluctuation and modeling error), with the MM_OBSV controller embedded in the electronic governor of the small gas engine generator.

Cite this article as:
Koichi Okamura, Yuya Tanaka, Kenji Takahata, and Jianming Yang, “Experimental Verification of Robust Controller for Electronic Governor of Small Gas Engine Generator,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.12, No.1, pp. 123-131, 2018.
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