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SolarBridge Technologies is a provider of solar micro-inverter, solar inverter for photovoltaic arrays. These types of products aim to increase energy harvest and reliability while reducing the cost of solar installations and maintenance for residential and commercial markets. Wikipedia.


Qin H.,SolarBridge Technologies | Kimball J.W.,Missouri University of Science and Technology
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics | Year: 2013

Modern development of semiconductor power-switching devices has promoted the use of power electronic converters as power transformers at the distribution level. This paper presents an ac-ac dual-active-bridge (DAB) converter for a solid-state transformer. The proposed converter topology consists of two active H-bridges and one high-frequency transformer. Four-quadrant switch cells are used to allow bidirectional power flow. Because power is controlled by the phase shift between two bridges, output voltage can be regulated when input voltage changes. This paper analyzes the steady-state operation and the range of zero-voltage switching. It develops a switch commutation scheme for the ac-ac DAB converters. Experimental results from a scaled-down prototype are provided to verify the theoretical analysis. © 1982-2012 IEEE. Source


Qin H.,SolarBridge Technologies | Kimball J.W.,Missouri University of Science and Technology
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics | Year: 2014

A solid-state transformer (SST) is a high-frequency power electronic converter that is used as a distribution power transformer. A common three-stage configuration of an SST consists of ac-dc rectifier, isolated dc-dc dual-active-bridge (DAB) converter, and dc-ac inverter. This study addresses the controller design issue for a dc-dc DAB converter when driving a regulated single-phase dc-ac inverter. Since the switching frequency of the inverter stage is much higher than that of the DAB stage, the single-phase inverter is modeled as a double-line-frequency (e.g., 120 Hz) current sink. The effect of 120-Hz current by the single-phase inverter is studied. The limitation of a PI-controller, low gain at 120 Hz, is investigated. Two methods are proposed to improve the regulation of the output voltage of DAB converters. The first one uses a bandstop filter and feedforward, while the second method uses an additional proportional-resonant controller in the feedback loop. Theoretical analysis, simulation, and experiment results are provided. © 1986-2012 IEEE. Source


Patent
SolarBridge Technologies | Date: 2012-01-23

Reverse recovery avoidance when converting power is provided. A first switch and second switch may be operated to supply an AC load with positive current, respective to the AC load, from a DC power source. A third and fourth switch may be operated to supply the AC load with negative current, respective to the AC load, from the DC power source. Four diodes may be employed with the switches. One diode may conduct the positive current when the first switch is off and the second switch is on. Another diode may conduct the negative current when the third switch is off and the fourth switch is on.


Patent
SolarBridge Technologies | Date: 2011-12-13

A method and apparatus for controlling an inverter includes operating the inverter in a one of a normal run mode or a pulse mode depending on one or more criteria. When operating in the pulse mode, the inverter generates a sinusoidal output pulse waveform including a plurality of pulses having a determined pulse width. The pulse width is less than a half-wave period of a full-cycle sinusoidal waveform and may be determined as function of, for example, the output power of the inverter, a grid voltage, and/or other criteria.


Patent
SolarBridge Technologies | Date: 2011-03-21

Processes, machines, and articles of manufacture that may serve to enable the detection or determination of alternating line voltages from an alternating power source, such as the power grid, are provided. This automatic sensing may be useful when connections are made to the power grid, such that when connections are made, the connections may be configured to be compatible with the available power source. This automatic sensing may also be useful if power sources change characteristics over time or if devices may be connected to different power sources over time.

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