Power Electronics for Photovoltaic Power Systems

Book description


The world energy demand has been increasing in a rapid manner with the increase of population and rising standard of living. The world population has nearly doubled in the last 40 years from 3.7 billion people to the present 7 billion people. It is anticipated that world population will grow towards 8 billion around 2030. Furthermore, the conventional fossil fuel supplies become unsustainable as the energy demand in emerging big economies such as China and India would rise tremendously where the China will increase its energy demand by 75% and India by 100% in the next 25 years. With dwindling natural resources, many countries throughout the world have increasingly invested in renewable resources such as photovoltaics (PV) and wind.

The world has seen immense growth in global photovoltaic power generation over the last few decades. For example, in Australia, renewable resources represented nearly 15% of total power generation in 2013. Among renewable resources, solar and wind account for 38% of generation. In near future, energy in the domestic and industrial sector will become ""ubiquitous"" where consumers would have multiple sources to get their energy. Another such prediction is that co-location of solar and electrical storage will see a rapid growth in global domestic and industrial sectors; conventional power companies, which dominate the electricity market, will face increasing challenges in maintaining their incumbent business models.

The efficiency, reliability and cost-effectiveness of the power converters used to interface PV panels to the mains grid and other types of off-grid loads are of major concern in the process of system design. This book describes state-of-the-art power electronic converter topologies used in various PV power conversion schemes. This book aims to provide a reader with a wide variety of topologies applied in different circumstances so that the reader would be able to make an educated choice for a given application.

Table of contents

  1. PV Power Conversion Systems
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles of PV Cell Operation
    3. p-n Junction
    4. The Photovoltaic Effect
    5. Modularization of PV Cells
    6. Bypass and Blocking Diodes
    7. Photovoltaic Power Conversion Systems
    8. Grid Integration of PV Systems (1/2)
    9. Grid Integration of PV Systems (2/2)
  2. Centralized PV Power Conversion Systems
    1. Introduction
    2. Central Inverter-Based PV Power Conversion Systems
    3. String-Based PV Power Conversion Systems
    4. Grid-Connected Inverters (1/2)
    5. Grid-Connected Inverters (2/2)
    6. Multi-Level Converter Topologies for Grid-Connecting Inverters
      1. Diode-Clamped Multi-Level Inverter (DCMLI)
      2. Capacitor-Clamped Multi-Level Inverter (CCMLI)
      3. Cascaded Multi-Level Inverter (CMLI)
      4. Modular Multi-Level Inverter (MMLI)
      5. Comparison of Multi-Level Inverter Topologies
    7. Controller Design of Centralized PV Power Conversion Systems
      1. Modeling of Single-Stage Central Inverter
  3. Distributed PV Power Conversion Systems
    1. Introduction
    2. Distributed PV Systems with Micro Inverters
    3. Transformerless Micro Inverters
      1. Transformerless Micro Inverter with a DC-Link
      2. Transformerless Micro Inverter with Pseudo DC-Link
      3. Single-Stage Transformerless Micro Inverters
    4. Grid-Isolated Micro Inverters
      1. Grid-Isolated Micro Inverters with a DC-Link
      2. Micro Inverter with a Pseudo DC-Link
      3. DC-Link Less or High-Frequency-Link Micro Inverters
    5. Micro Inverter Control Strategies
    6. Distributed PV Systems with Micro Converters
      1. DC-DC Converters with Isolation Transformer
      2. DC-DC Converters Without Isolation Transformer
    7. Sub-Module Integrated Converters
    8. Power Converter Topology Analysis
      1. Soft-Switching Implementation of Power Converter (1/2)
      2. Soft-Switching Implementation of Power Converter (2/2)
  4. Active Power Decoupling in Single-Phase Micro Inverters
    1. Introduction
    2. Single-Phase Operation of Micro Inverters
    3. Power Decoupling Methods
    4. Power Decoupling Using High Voltage DC-Link Capacitor
    5. Active Power Decoupling (APD)
      1. A Parallel Power Port with PV Module
      2. A Power Converter Connected in Series with the Power Flow
      3. A Third Port Connected to the Isolation Transformer
      4. A Power Converter in the AC-Side of the Micro Inverter
    6. Active Power Decoupling Using Inductive Elements
    7. Comparison of Power Decoupling Techniques (1/2)
    8. Comparison of Power Decoupling Techniques (2/2)
  5. Energy Storage Interfacing
    1. Introduction
    2. Characteristics of Batteries, Supercapcitors, and PV Cells
    3. The Need of Energy Storage Interfacing in PV Systems
    4. Commonly Used Energy Storage Interfacing Converter Topologies (1/2)
    5. Commonly Used Energy Storage Interfacing Converter Topologies (2/2)
    6. Soft-Switching-Based Isolated Bi-Directional DC-DC Converters for Energy Storage Interfacing
    7. Simulation Study (1/2)
    8. Simulation Study (2/2)
  6. References (1/2)
  7. References (2/2)
  8. Authors' Biographies

Product information

  • Title: Power Electronics for Photovoltaic Power Systems
  • Author(s): Mahinda Vilathgamuwa, Dulika Nayanasiri, Shantha Gamini
  • Release date: August 2015
  • Publisher(s): Morgan & Claypool Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781627057769