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Advanced DC/AC Inverters

Applications in Renewable Energy, 1st Edition

By Fang Lin Luo, Hong Ye

CRC Press

322 pages | 293 B/W Illus.

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DC/AC inversion technology is of vital importance for industrial applications, including electrical vehicles and renewable energy systems, which require a large number of inverters. In recent years, inversion technology has developed rapidly, with new topologies improving the power factor and increasing power efficiency. Proposing many novel approaches, Advanced DC/AC Inverters: Applications in Renewable Energy describes advanced DC/AC inverters that can be used for renewable energy systems. The book introduces more than 100 topologies of advanced inverters originally developed by the authors, including more than 50 new circuits. It also discusses recently published cutting-edge topologies.

Novel PWM and Multilevel Inverters

The book first covers traditional pulse-width-modulation (PWM) inverters before moving on to new quasi-impedance source inverters and soft-switching PWM inverters. It then examines multilevel DC/AC inverters, which have overcome the drawbacks of PWM inverters and provide greater scope for industrial applications. The authors propose four novel multilevel inverters: laddered multilevel inverters, super-lift modulated inverters, switched-capacitor inverters, and switched-inductor inverters. With simple structures and fewer components, these inverters are well suited for renewable energy systems.

Get the Best Switching Angles for Any Multilevel Inverter

A key topic for multilevel inverters is the need to manage the switching angles to obtain the lowest total harmonic distortion (THD). The authors outline four methods for finding the best switching angles and use simulation waveforms to verify the design. The optimum switching angles for multilevel DC/AC inverters are also listed in tables for quick reference.

Application Examples of DC/AC Inverters in Renewable Energy Systems

Highlighting the importance of inverters in improving energy saving and power-supply quality, the final chapter of the book supplies design examples for applications in wind turbine and solar panel energy systems. Written by pioneers in advanced conversion and inversion technology, this book guides readers in designing more effective DC/AC inverters for use in renewable energy systems.


"The text offers theoretical concepts, diagrams, summarizing tables, simulation and experimental results, and design examples for students, researchers, and engineers willing to learn from experts on how to design and implement inverters for renewable energy systems. … valuable for industry professionals willing to know about power inverters cutting-edge technology in renewable energy systems."


Table of Contents


Symbols and Factors Used in This Book

FFT—Fast Fourier Transform

DC/AC Inverters

Pulse Width-Modulated DC/AC Inverters


Parameters Used in PWM Operation

Typical PWM Inverters

Voltage Source Inverters

Single-Phase Voltage Source Inverter

Three-Phase Full-Bridge VSI

Vector Analysis and Determination of ma

Multistage PWM Inverter

Current Source Inverters

Three-Phase Full-Bridge Current Source Inverter

Boost-Type CSI

CSI with L-C Filter

Impedance Source Inverters

Comparison with VSI and CSI

Equivalent Circuit and Operation

Circuit Analysis and Calculations

Simulation and Experimental Results

Quasi-Impedance Source Inverters

Introduction to ZSI and Basic Topologies

Extended Boost qZSI Topologies

Soft-Switching DC/AC Inverters

Notched DC Link Inverters for Brushless DC Motor Drive

Resonant Pole Inverter

Transformer-Based Resonant DC Link Inverter

Multilevel DC/AC Inverters


Diode-Clamped Multilevel Inverters

Capacitor-Clamped Multilevel Inverters (Flying Capacitor Inverters)

Multilevel Inverters Using H-Bridges (HBs) Converters

Other Kinds of Multilevel Inverters

Trinary Hybrid Multilevel Inverter (THMI)

Topology and Operation

Proof of Greatest Number of Output Voltage Levels

Experimental Results

Trinary Hybrid 81-Level Multilevel Inverter

Laddered Multilevel DC/AC Inverters Used in Solar Panel Energy Systems


Progressions (Series)

Laddered Multilevel DC/AC Inverters

Comparison of All Laddered Inverters

Solar Panel Energy Systems

Simulation and Experimental Results

Super-Lift Converter Multilevel DC/AC Inverters Used in Solar Panel Energy Systems


Super-Lift Converter Used in Multilevel DC/AC Inverters

Simulation and Experimental Results

Switched-Capacitor Multilevel DC/AC Inverters in Solar Panel Energy Systems


Switched Capacitor Used in Multilevel DC/AC Inverters

Simulation and Experimental Results

Switched Inductor Multilevel DC/AC Inverters Used in Solar Panel Energy Systems


Switched Inductor Used in Multilevel DC/AC Inverters

Simulation and Experimental Results

Best Switching Angles to Obtain Lowest THD for Multilevel DC/AC Inverters


Methods for Determination of Switching Angle

Best Switching Angles

Design Examples for Wind Turbine and Solar Panel Energy Systems


Wind Turbine Energy Systems

Solar Panel Energy Systems


About the Authors

Prof. Fang Lin Luo, Ph.D., is a full professor at AnHui University, China. He also has a joint appointment with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society and a senior member of the IEEE. He has published 13 books and more than 300 technical papers in the IEEE Transactions and IEE/IET Proceedings as well as in various international conferences. Prof. Luo is currently the associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is also the international editor of Advanced Technology of Electrical Engineering and Energy. He was the general Chairman of the first and third IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA 2006 and ICIEA 2008). His research interests include power electronics and DC and AC motor drives with computerized artificial intelligent control (AIC) and digital signal processing (DSP), as well as AC/DC, DC/DC, and AC/AC converters and DC/AC inverters, renewable energy systems, and electrical vehicles.

Dr. Hong Ye, Ph.D., is a research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She is a member of the IEEE and has coauthored 13 books. Dr. Ye has published more than 80 technical papers in IEEE transactions, IEE/IET proceedings, and other international journals, as well as in various international conferences. Her research interests include power electronics and conversion technologies, signal processing, operations research, and structural biology.

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