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Title:Reliability analysis of single-phase photovoltaic inverters with reactive power support
Author(s):Murray, Charles J.
Advisor(s):Chapman, Patrick L.
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Photovoltaic Inverters
Reactive Power Support
Reliability of Photovoltaic Inverters
Single Phase Reactive Power Support
Abstract:Reactive power support is expected to be an emerging ancillary requirement for single-phase photovoltaic (PV) inverters. This work assesses related reliability issues and focuses on the second stage or inversion process in PV inverters. Three PV inverter topologies are analyzed and their reliability is determined on a component-by-component level. Limiting operating points are considered for each of these topologies. The capacitor in the dc link, the MOSFETs in the inverting bridge, and the output filter are the components affected. Studies show that varying power-factor operation with a constant real power output increases the energy storage requirement as well as the capacitance required in the dc link in order to produce the double-frequency power ripple. The overall current rating of the MOSFETs and output filter must also be sized to accommodate the current for the apparent power output. Modeling of the inverter verifies the conditions for each of the components under varying reactive power support commands. It is shown that the production of reactive power can significantly increase the capacitance requirement, but the limiting reliability issue comes from the increased output current rating of the MOSFETs.
Issue Date:2010-08-31
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Charles J. Murray
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-08-31
Date Deposited:2010-08

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