A new step-up switched-capacitor voltage balancing converter for NPC multilevel inverter-based solar PV system

Amir Taghvaie*, Md Enamul Haque, Sajeeb Saha, Md Apel Mahmud

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Abstract

This paper proposed a grid connected solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems with a new voltage balancing converter suitable for Neutral-Point-Clamped (NPC) Multilevel Inverter (MLI). The switched-capacitors used in the proposed converter is able to balance the DC link capacitor voltage effectively by using proper switching states. The proposed balancing converter can be extended to any higher levels and it can boost the DC input voltage to a higher voltage levels without using any magnetic components. This feature allows the converter to operate with the boosting capability of the input voltage to the desired output voltage while ensuring the self-balancing. In this paper the proposed converter is used for a grid connected solar PV system with NPC multilevel inverter, which is controlled using vector control scheme. The proposed grid connected solar PV system with associated controllers and maximum power point tracking (MPPT) is implemented in Matlab/SimPowerSystem and experimentally validated using dSPACE system and designed converters. The simulation and experimental results show that the proposed topology can effectively balance the DC link voltage, extract maximum power from PV module and inject power to the grid under varying solar irradiances with very good steady state and dynamic performances.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9085361
Pages (from-to)83940-83952
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Access
Volume8
Early online date13 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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