In this paper, a number of alternate-cascaded switched-inductor and tapped-inductor networks have been proposed for Z-source inverters. The resulting topologies have enhanced voltage-boost capability while retaining the usual voltage-buck flexibility of a conventional voltage-source inverter. The enhanced capability is achieved by using lower rated components that can more readily be found. These components are assembled without direct series connection and hence avoid unbalanced voltage sharing problems and losses linked to balancing resistive circuits. The component count is, however, high, meaning that the proposed inverters should only be considered when a design requires multiple lower rated components rather than a few higher rated ones. Analysis, simulation, and experimental results have already validated the concepts discussed.
I E E E Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 2013, Vol 60, Issue 9, p. 3567-3578
Cascaded inverters; coupled inductors; high frequency magnetic; transformers; Z-source inverters