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An Innovative Bidirectional DC-AC Converter to Improve Power Quality in a Grid-Connected Microgrid

Version 1 : Received: 13 July 2018 / Approved: 14 July 2018 / Online: 14 July 2018 (20:25:57 CEST)

How to cite: Bissey, S.; Jacques, S.; Reymond, C.; Le Bunetel, J. An Innovative Bidirectional DC-AC Converter to Improve Power Quality in a Grid-Connected Microgrid. Preprints 2018, 2018070252 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0252.v1). Bissey, S.; Jacques, S.; Reymond, C.; Le Bunetel, J. An Innovative Bidirectional DC-AC Converter to Improve Power Quality in a Grid-Connected Microgrid. Preprints 2018, 2018070252 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0252.v1).

Abstract

The management of the electrical energy still raises a huge interest for end-users at the household level. Home electricity management systems (HEMS) have recently emerged both to warrant uninterruptible power and high power quality, and to decrease the cost of electricity consumption, by either shifting it in off peak time or smoothing it. Such a HEMS requires a bidirectional DC-AC converter, specifically when an energy transfer is required between a storage system and the AC-grid, and vice versa. This article points out the relevance of an innovative topology based on sinusoidal waveforms from the generation of sine half-waves. Such a topology is based on a DC-DC stage equivalent to an adjustable output voltage source and a DC-AC stage (H-bridge) which are in series. The results of a complete experimental procedure prove the feasibility to improve the power quality of the output signals in terms of total harmonic distortion (THD-values about 5%). The complexity of the proposed converter is minimized in comparison with multilevel topologies. Finally, wide band-gap semiconductor devices (SiC MOSFETs) are helpful both to warrant the compactness and the high efficiency (about 96%) of the bidirectional converter, whatever its operation mode (inverter or rectifier mode).

Subject Areas

Smart home electricity management system; bidirectional DC-AC converter; high power quality; high efficiency.

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