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This paper examines the analysis and design of a DC link inductor for a current source 1-ph grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) inverter. Firstly the effect of voltage or current ripple on the PV array average output power is examined using a normalized PV output characteristic. Secondly the design of the inductor and in particular the trade-off between the PV array output power loss and the inductor copper loss are discussed. An inductor was built and a comparison of the calculated and measured loss breakdown is presented.
Date of Conference: 24-28 Feb. 2008