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Title: Resonant Multilevel Modular Boost Inverters for Single-Phase Transformerless Photovoltaic Systems
This paper presents two novel single-phase resonant multilevel modular boost inverters based on resonant switched capacitor cells and a partial power processed voltage regulator. Compared with other multilevel boost inverters applied in PV systems, one remarkable advantage of the proposed topologies is that the bulky AC filtering inductor is replaced by a smaller-size one in the partial power processed buck converter. Constant duty cycle PWM method is attractive for the multilevel inverter controller design. GaN Enhancement Mode Power Transistors help both the modular resonant switched capacitor cells and the full-bridge unfolder be realized in a small size with high power density. The clamp capacitors in the resonant switched capacitor cells effectively alleviate the switch voltage spikes. These two inverter topologies are analyzed and simulated in PLECS. Simulation results verify the validity of boost inverter function. Stress analysis shows that the inverter has relatively small total normalized switch conduction power stress and total normalized switch stress ratio. Relative total semiconductor chip area comparison results reflect that the proposed topology achieves more efficient semiconductor utilization compared with typical non-resonant multilevel modular switched capacitor boost inverters. Test results indicate that the proposed topology can be used for single-phase non-isolated PV boost inverter applications more » with small ground leakage current, high voltage conversion ratio, small volume and potential high efficiency. « less
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2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
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2555 to 2562
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National Science Foundation
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