Single-phase transformerless Photovoltaic (PV) inverters are synthesized by combining available solutions in terms of the power section topology, power semiconductors manufacturing technology and structure of the output filter. A design method is presented in this paper for optimizing the power semiconductors type (Si- or SiC-based), switching frequency and output filter (LCL- or LLCL-type) employed in H5 and Conergy-NPC PV inverters, considering the simultaneous impact of the factors affecting the PV energy processing performance and PV inverter cost. According to the design results, the optimized SiC-based PV inverters will inject more energy into the electric grid, compared to the Si-based structures and enable the reduction of the output filter size, weight and cost. Employing an LLCL-type output filter and simultaneously reducing the cost of SiC power semiconductors to the level of their Si-based counterparts will enhance the economic superiority of the resulting optimized H5 and Conergy-NPC PV inverters with respect to the cost of the electricity they generate.
9781479901159, 9781479901142, 9781479901166
Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, Epe 2013, 2013, p. 1-10
Photovoltaic; Voltage source inverters; Optimization; Design; Silicon Carbide
European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), 2013