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Energies 2015, 8(2), 1273-1290; doi:10.3390/en8021273

Single DC-Sourced 9-level DC/AC Topology as Transformerless Power Interface for Renewable Sources

Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, Morelia 58120, Mexico
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Received: 14 December 2014 / Accepted: 23 January 2015 / Published: 5 February 2015
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This paper introduces an advanced transformerless multilevel hybrid-conversion topology intended for the interconnection of renewable DC sources at small-scale. The most important contribution presented in this paper is the generation of two isolated DC sources from a single DC source without the use of any type of transformer. The DC sources feed a nine-level DC/AC hybrid cascade multilevel converter. This advanced topology is achieved by redesigning the conventional DC/DC Buck topology, attached to the multilevel converter, and embedding a suitable switching strategy along with a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based control. The advantages of the proposed structure, when compared to other proposals in the literature, are higher efficiency, reduced number of power switches, and high power density derived of transformerless characteristic. As a way to highlight differences and advantages of this converter over other options recently available in the literature, this paper carries out a quantitative evaluation comparing the number of voltage levels and the number of elements involved in the structure of DC/AC multilevel converters. The mathematical model and control strategy of the converter are explained and analyzed by means of simulations. Finally experimental results, obtained from a laboratory-scale prototype, show the performance of the system and demonstrate its relative advantages. View Full-Text
Keywords: multilevel converters; buck converter; cascaded cells; transformerless; micro-grids; FPGA control multilevel converters; buck converter; cascaded cells; transformerless; micro-grids; FPGA control
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Rodriguez-Rodríguez, J.R.; Venegas-Rebollar, V.; Moreno-Goytia, E.L. Single DC-Sourced 9-level DC/AC Topology as Transformerless Power Interface for Renewable Sources. Energies 2015, 8, 1273-1290.

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