High energy demand, low cost requirements and higher reliability requirements increase the importance of distributed generation power systems (DGPSs). The large capacity DGPSs requires high performance control algorithms and synchronization techniques based positive-negative sequence (PNS) extractors to fulfil system reliability and power quality requirements under not only during normal operating conditions, but also under unbalanced grid conditions. The power quality problems caused by voltage unbalances, voltage sag/swell, voltage fluctuations, phase faults and harmonic distortions have critical influences on control of power converter devices interfaced DGPSs. In literature studies, novel control strategies with phase locked loops (PLLs) techniques based PNS extractors are used to overcome these problems. In this paper, a comprehensive review on various advanced control strategies and PNS extractors for interlinking three phase inverter in the DGPSs are comprehensively investigated and discussed under normal and abnormal conditions. Several PNS extractors have been overviewed to produce the sequences components required for reference current generation (RCG). The theoretical assessment of the RCG based flexible control strategies and overcurrent limitation control are also comprehensively analysed, surveyed and compared in detail to deal with power quality problems. Comparative analyses for PNS extractors, voltage current regulation controllers and RCG based control strategies have been detailed presented and analysed. The presented detailed overview can be useful to researchers studying impact of normal and abnormal conditions on various control strategies with or without any using PLLs based PNS extractors for three-phase inverters interfaced DGPSs. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.