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Photovoltaic converter system suitable for use in small scale stand-alone or grid connected applications

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2 Author(s)
J. A. Gow ; Dept. of Electron. & Electr. Eng., Loughborough Univ. of Technol., UK ; C. D. Manning

Of the commercially-available solutions for the conversion of energy from photovoltaic arrays into a usable form, a large number consist of systems which have been developed for a dedicated application and are thus very inflexible. Those that are available as a generic module for use in a variety of environments are often restricted to a single mode of operation, for example utility supply only. A generic modular photovoltaic power conversion system is presented, aimed at single-phase applications which can supply passive AC and DC loads with a regulated voltage or by way of a maximum power tracking system with the maximum power available from the array. In addition a live AC load such as the utility can be supplied with maximum array power. The system is small, light and can be constructed from readily available components

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IEE Proceedings - Electric Power Applications  (Volume:147 ,  Issue: 6 )