A Fault-Tolerant Single-Phase Five-Level Inverter for Grid-Independent PV Systems

A, Madhukar Rao and K, Siva Kumar (2015) A Fault-Tolerant Single-Phase Five-Level Inverter for Grid-Independent PV Systems. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 62 (12). pp. 7569-7577. ISSN 0278-0046

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In this paper, a fault-tolerant single-phase five-level inverter configuration is proposed for photovoltaic (PV) generation systems. Conventional two-level inverters are popularly used in PV applications, but these inverters provide the output voltage with considerable harmonic content. One of the efficient ways to improve the power quality of PV generation systems is to replace a two-level inverter with a multilevel inverter. Conventional multilevel inverters reduce total harmonic distortion and filter requirements effectively, but it has limitations in terms of reliability due to increased device count and capacitor voltage balancing issues. Therefore, a fault-tolerant single-phase five-level inverter is presented, which is constructed by using a half-bridge two-level inverter, a three-level diode clamp inverter, and a bidirectional switch. The proposed inverter topology can tolerate the system faults due to failure of the source and/or switching devices with least modification in the switching combinations. It has less number of switching devices compared to conventional five-level inverters. The topology also has the energy-balancing capability between sources which helps in reducing uneven charge of batteries in case of partial shading or hotspots on one side of the PV panels. The proposed system under normal and faulty condition is simulated in MATLAB/Simulink environment, and results are verified with a laboratory prototype.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fault-tolerant multilevel inverters, PV generation system, THD, photovoltaic (PV) generation system, power quality, total harmonic distortion (THD)
Subjects: Others > Electricity
Others > Electronic imaging & Singal processing
Divisions: Department of Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 06:19
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 06:19
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/2053
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TIE.2015.2455523
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0278-0046/
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