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Ginart A.,SOLARMAXGA | Liou R.,SOLARMAXGA | Liou R.,Georgia Institute of Technology | Salazar A.,SOLARMAXGA | And 2 more authors.
2014 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2014 | Year: 2014

Solar inverters are designed specifically to handle photovoltaic (PV) panels, to efficiently extract the most amount of power, and to transform it properly so that it can be injected into the grid. The singularities of the application allow for opportunities that can be exploited for better performance. Inverters for PV applications are designed to operate at very low voltage variations, almost at a fixed frequency, and with a power factor usually greater than 0.8. While keeping these inverter-specific characteristics in mind, a new topology is proposed. In this work, such new topology provides operational characteristics close to a 5-level topology. This achievement is accomplished by adding just a few more power-electronic components required for a 3-level topology. A complete 3-phase system is designed and simulated. Its good performance is demonstrated, and its benefits and limitations are pointed out. Furthermore the feasibility of this new topology is also explored and verified by implementing a low-power inverter system with the proposed topology. © 2014 IEEE.

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