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Microcontroller-based inverter topology integrated in PV systems

Mounir Bouzguenda (Department of Electrical Engineering, King Faisal University, Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Tarek Selmi (Department of Electrical Engineering, Sfax University / National School of Engineering, Sfax, Tunisia)
Adel Gastli (Department of Electrical Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)
Ahmed Masmoudi (Research Laboratory on Renewable Energies and Electric Vehicles, National Engineering School of Sfax, University of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia)

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the problem of the leakage currents in transformerless inverter topologies. It proposes a novel topology and how important the adopted control strategy on the power quality produced by the inverter.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents an investigation of a novel transformerless inverter topology. It adopted a control strategy in which the DC source is disconnected from the inverter when the zero vectors of the control are applied. By using such control strategy, the electrical efficiency of the whole system was improved and the leakage current was significantly reduced.

Findings

The paper provides a solution to minimize the leakage current in transformerless inverter topologies. Besides, the problem of zero-crossing distortions was totally eliminated.

Research limitations/implications

Because of the high conversion ratio of the boost converter, the efficiency of the whole system needs to be enhanced.

Practical implications

The paper includes the experimental results of the proposed topology which are in good match with the simulation results.

Originality/value

This paper identifies a need to study the leakage current phenomena in transformerless inverter topologies.

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Citation

Bouzguenda, M., Selmi, T., Gastli, A. and Masmoudi, A. (2015), "Microcontroller-based inverter topology integrated in PV systems", COMPEL - The international journal for computation and mathematics in electrical and electronic engineering, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 132-150. https://doi.org/10.1108/COMPEL-10-2013-0330

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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