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Multistage DC-DC Step-Up Self Balanced and Magnetic Component Free Converter for Photovoltaic Applications—Hardware Implementation

Version 1 : Received: 7 April 2017 / Approved: 7 April 2017 / Online: 7 April 2017 (16:02:08 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 8 April 2017 / Approved: 10 April 2017 / Online: 10 April 2017 (06:14:16 CEST)

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Bhaskar, M.S.; Padmanaban, S.; Blaabjerg, F. A Multistage DC-DC Step-Up Self-Balanced and Magnetic Component-Free Converter for Photovoltaic Applications: Hardware Implementation. Energies 2017, 10, 719. Bhaskar, M.S.; Padmanaban, S.; Blaabjerg, F. A Multistage DC-DC Step-Up Self-Balanced and Magnetic Component-Free Converter for Photovoltaic Applications: Hardware Implementation. Energies 2017, 10, 719.

Journal reference: Energies 2017, 10, 719
DOI: 10.3390/en10050719

Abstract

This article presents a self balanced multistage DC-DC step-up converter for photovoltaic applications. Proposed converter topology is designed for unidirectional power transfer and provides a doable solution for photovoltaic applications where voltage is required to be stepped up without magnetic components (Transformer-less and Inductor-less). The output voltage obtained from renewable sources will be low and must be stepped up by using a DC-DC converter for photovoltaic applications. K diodes and K capacitors along with two semiconductor control switch are used in the K-stage proposed converter to obtain an output voltage which is (K+1) times the input voltage. The conspicuous features of proposed topology are i) Magnetic components free (Transformer-less and Inductor-less). ii) Continuous input current iii) Low voltage rating semiconductor devices and capacitors iv) Modularity v) Easy to add a higher number of levels to increase voltage gain vi) Only two control switches with alternating operation and simple control. The proposed converter is compared with recent existing transformer-less and Inductor-less power converter in term of voltage gain, number of devices and cost. The application of proposed circuit is discussed in detail. The proposed converter has been designed with rated power of 60W, input voltage is 24V, output voltage is 100V and switching frequency is 100 kHz. The performance of the converter is verified through experimental and simulation results.

Subject Areas

DC-DC; self biased; magnetic component free; multistage; step-up; photovoltaic application

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