While 99% efficiency has been reported, the target of 20 years of service time imposes new challenge to cost-effective solutions for grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) inverters. Aluminum electrolytic capacitors are the weak-link in terms of reliability and lifetime in single-phase PV systems. A reliability-oriented design guideline is proposed in this paper for the input capacitors in single-phase transformer-less PV inverters. The guideline ensures that the service time requirement is to be accomplished under different power levels and ambient temperature profiles. The theoretical analysis has been demonstrated by a 1 kW single-phase PV inverter.
Ieee Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exhibition (apec), 2013, p. 2929-2933
The Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, 2013