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Optimal design of NPC and Active-NPC transformerless PV inverters

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3 Author(s)
Saridakis, S. ; Dept. of Electron. & Comput. Eng., Tech. Univ. of Crete, Chania, Greece ; Koutroulis, E. ; Blaabjerg, F.

Targeting at a cost-effective deployment of grid-connected PhotoVoltaic (PV) systems, this paper presents a new methodology for the optimal design of transformerless PV inverters, which are based on the Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) and the Active-Neutral Point Clamped (ANPC) topologies. The design optimization results demonstrate that a different set of optimal values of the PV inverter switching frequency and output filter components are derived for the NPC and ANPC topologies, respectively, as well as for each of the PV inverter installation sites under study. The NPC and ANPC PV inverter structures, which are derived using the proposed design optimization methodology exhibit lower Levelized Cost Of generated Electricity (LCOE) and manufacturing cost and they are simultaneously capable to inject more energy into the electric grid than the corresponding non-optimized PV inverters. Thus, the proposed optimal design methodology enables to maximize the economic benefit obtained during the lifetime period of the installed PV system.

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Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG), 2012 3rd IEEE International Symposium on

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25-28 June 2012