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PV Micro-Inverter Topology Using LLC Resonant Converter

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Department of Electrical, Electronics and Information Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology, Kamitomiokamachi, Nagaoka, Niigata 940-2137, Japan
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Pony Electric Co., Ltd., Kitasaiwai, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0004, Japan
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Energies 2019, 12(16), 3106; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12163106
Received: 11 July 2019 / Revised: 3 August 2019 / Accepted: 7 August 2019 / Published: 13 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in High-Efficiency LLC Resonant Converters)
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Abstract

In this paper, a DC–single-phase AC power converter with an LLC resonant converter is presented for a photovoltaic (PV) micro-inverter application. This application requires the leakage current suppression capability. Therefore, an isolated power converter is usually combined for DC/AC systems. The LLC resonant converter is the one of the isolated power converter topologies, and it has good performance for conversion efficiency with easy control. On the other hand, a double-line frequency power ripple has to be compensated for in order to improve the performance of the maximum power point tracking (MPPT). Therefore, a bulky electrolytic capacitor is usually necessary for the power converter. However, the electrolytic capacitor may limit the lifetime of the micro-inverter. This paper introduces the PV micro-inverter with a LLC resonant converter. In addition, the active power decoupling circuit is applied in order to compensate the double-line frequency power ripple by the small capacitor in order to eliminate the electrolytic capacitor. Finally, the transformer design is considered in order to reduce the transformer losses. As a result, the conversion efficiency of the LLC converter is improved by 1% when the litz wire has many strands. View Full-Text
Keywords: PV micro-inverter; LLC converter; high switching frequency; transformer loss PV micro-inverter; LLC converter; high switching frequency; transformer loss
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Watanabe, H.; Itoh, J.-I.; Koike, N.; Nagai, S. PV Micro-Inverter Topology Using LLC Resonant Converter. Energies 2019, 12, 3106.

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