Energies 2012, 5(9), 3640-3654; doi:10.3390/en5093640
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An Innovative Reconfigurable Integrated Converter Topology Suitable for Distributed Generation

1 Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, Naples 80125, Italy 2 School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Birmingham, Gisbert Kapp Building, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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Received: 30 July 2012; in revised form: 5 September 2012 / Accepted: 13 September 2012 / Published: 18 September 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Grid and the Future Electrical Network)
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Abstract: The electricity market and environmental concerns, with wide utilization of renewable sources, have improved the diffusion of distributed generation units changing the operations of distribution grids from passive networks to microgrids. A microgrid includes a cluster of electrical loads, energy storage devices and microsources, which provide both power and heat to their local area. A microgrid has usually one connection point to the utility grid through power electronic converters placed at customers’ sites. This paper analyses a Reconfigurable Integrated Converter (RIC) used for a domestic microgrid with inputs from the AC mains and photovoltaic arrays, and two DC outputs at different voltage levels. A RIC as a dual-boost DC-DC converter is proposed, modelled and analysed in the paper. The advantages of such a topology in comparison with traditional boost converters are outlined. Reported simulations results give evidence on the controllability of this converter and the capability of achieving the desired voltage outputs with reduced ripple.
Keywords: distributed generation; microgrids; photovoltaic panels; switching power converters; single inductor dual output converters.

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Rizzo, R.; Tricoli, P.; Spina, I. An Innovative Reconfigurable Integrated Converter Topology Suitable for Distributed Generation. Energies 2012, 5, 3640-3654.

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Rizzo R, Tricoli P, Spina I. An Innovative Reconfigurable Integrated Converter Topology Suitable for Distributed Generation. Energies. 2012; 5(9):3640-3654.

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Rizzo, Renato; Tricoli, Pietro; Spina, Ivan. 2012. "An Innovative Reconfigurable Integrated Converter Topology Suitable for Distributed Generation." Energies 5, no. 9: 3640-3654.

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