Analysis of Partial Power DC-DC Converters for Two-Stage Photovoltaic Systems

Jaime W. Zapata, Samir Kouro, Gonzalo Carrasco, Hugues Renaudineau, Thierry A. Meynard

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© 2013 IEEE. Two-stage photovoltaic (PV) configurations have become increasingly popular due to the decoupling between the inverter dc-link voltage and the PV voltage, adding flexibility to extend the maximum power point tracking range. However, the additional dc-dc converter increases the power converter losses. The concept of partial power converters (PPCs), which reduce the amount of power handled by the dc stage, can mitigate this effect. However, the type of topology, its power and voltage rating, efficiency, and an operating range can vary significantly depending on the function (boosting or reducing voltage) and type of PV application and scale (micro-, string-, or multi-sting inverter). This paper analyzes the possible configuration of connections of PPC depending on the application and scale of the PV system and introduces a new buck-type PPC. Three solutions for practical PV systems are further elaborated, including experimental validation. Results show that the PPC concept greatly improves the overall PV system efficiency with the added benefit that the dc-dc stage power ratings achieved are only a fraction of the PV system, reducing size and cost of the power converter without affecting the system performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-603
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

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