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A Novel Multi-Function PV Micro-Inverter with an Optimized Harmonic Compensation Strategy

  • Zhu, Guofeng (College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Tongji University) ;
  • Mu, Longhua (College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Tongji University) ;
  • Yan, Junhua (College of Electronics and Information Engineering, Tongji University)
  • Received : 2016.01.26
  • Accepted : 2016.06.18
  • Published : 2016.11.20

Abstract

With the rapid development of clean energy, photovoltaic (PV) generation has been utilized in the harmonic compensation of power systems. This paper presents a novel multi-function PV micro-inverter with three stages (pseudo-two-stage). It can inject active power and compensate harmonic currents in the power grid at the same time. In order to keep the micro-inverter working under the maximum allowable output power, an optimized capacity limitation strategy is presented. Moreover, the harmonic compensation can be adjusted according to the customized requirements of power quality. Additionally, a phase shedding strategy in the DC/DC stage is introduced to improve the efficiency of parallel Boost converters in a wide range. Compared with existing capacity limitation methods, the proposed strategy shows better performance and energy efficiency. Simulations and experiments verify the feasibility of the micro-inverter and the effectiveness of the strategy.

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