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Renewable Energy Systems

Advanced Conversion Technologies and Applications, 1st Edition

By Fang Lin Luo, Ye Hong

CRC Press

880 pages | 150 B/W Illus.

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Energy conversion techniques are key in power electronics and even more so in renewable energy source systems, which require a large number of converters. Renewable Energy Systems: Advanced Conversion Technologies and Applications describes advanced conversion technologies and provides design examples of converters and inverters for renewable energy systems—including wind turbine and solar panel energy systems.

Learn Cutting-Edge Techniques for Converters and Inverters

Setting the scene, the book begins with a review of the basics of astronomy and Earth physics. It then systematically introduces more than 200 topologies of advanced converters originally developed by the authors, including 150 updated circuits on modern conversion technologies. It also discusses recently published topologies and thoroughly analyzes new converter circuits. Novel approaches include split-capacitor and split-inductor techniques that can be applied in super-lift and other converters.

Resolve Historic Problems in Conversion Technologies

Along with offering many cutting-edge techniques, the authors resolve some historic problems, such as the accurate determination of the conduction angle of single-phase rectifiers and power factor correction. They also describe a new series—laddered multilevel inverters—that uses few devices to produce more levels, overcoming the drawbacks of the pulse-width-modulation (PWM) inverter and providing great scope for industrial applications.

Tap the Knowledge of Pioneers in the Field

This book is written by pioneers in advanced conversion technology who have created a large number of converters, including the world-renowned DC/DC Luo-converters and super-lift Luo-converters. Featuring numerous examples and diagrams, it guides readers in designing advanced converters for use in renewable energy systems.

Table of Contents


Stars in the Universe

Our Mercury Galaxy, Nebulae, and Black Hole

Redshift and Big Bang

Solar System

The Earth


New Energy Sources

Nuclear Fission

Nuclear Fusion

Capture of Neutrino



3G and Renewable Energies

Distributed Generation


Smart Grid

Solar Energy

Renewable Energy


Power Electronics

Symbols and Factors Used in This Book

AC/DC Rectifiers

DC/DC Converters

DC/AC Inverters

AC/AC Converters

AC/DC/AC and DC/AC/DC Converters


Uncontrolled AC/DC Converters


Single-Phase Half-Wave Converters

Single-Phase Full-Wave Converters

Three-Phase Half-Wave Converters

Six-Phase Half-Wave Converters

Three-Phase Full-Wave Converters

Multiphase Full-Wave Converters


Controlled AC/DC Converters


Single-Phase Half-Wave Controlled Converters

Single-Phase Full-Wave Controlled Converters

Three-Phase Half-Wave Controlled Rectifiers

Six-Phase Half-Wave Controlled Rectifiers

Three-Phase Full-Wave Controlled Converters

Multi-Phase Full-Wave Controlled Converters

Effect of Line Inductance on Output Voltage (Overlap)


Power Factor Correction Implementing in AC/DC Converters


DC/DC Converterized Rectifiers

PWM Boost-Type Rectifiers

Tapped-Transformer Converters

Single-Stage Power Factor Correction

VIENNA Rectifiers


Classical DC/DC Converters


Fundamental Converters

Positive Output Buck-Boost Converter

Transformer-Type Converters

Developed Converters

Tapped-Inductor Converters


Voltage Lift Converters


Seven Self-Lift Converters

P/O Luo Converters

N/O Luo Converters

Modified P/O Luo Converters

Double-Output Luo Converters

Voltage-Lift Cúk Converters

Voltage-Lift SEPICs

Other Double-Output Voltage-Lift Converters

Switched-Capacitorized Converters


Super-Lift Converters and Ultra-Lift Converters


P/O SL Luo Converters

N/O SL Luo Converters

P/O Cascaded Boost Converters

N/O Cascaded Boost Converters

Ultra-Lift Luo Converter


Split-Capacitor and Split-Inductor Techniques and Their Application in Positive-Output Super-Lift Luo Converters


Split Capacitors

Split Inductors

Split Capacitors and Split Inductors Applied in the Positive-Output Elementary Super-Lift Luo Converter

Main Series

MEC, Split Capacitors Used in Double/Enhanced Circuit

Additional Series

Higher-Order Series

Summary of P/O Super-Lift Luo Converters Applying Split Capacitors and Split Inductors

Simulation Results

Experimental Results


Pulse-Width-Modulated DC/AC Inverters


Parameters Used in PWM Operation

Typical PWM Inverters

Single-Phase Voltage Source Inverter

Three-Phase Full-Bridge Voltage Source Inverter

Three-Phase Full-Bridge Current Source Inverter

Multistage PWM Inverter

Impedance-Source Inverters

Extended Boost z-Source Inverters


Multilevel and Soft-Switching DC/AC Inverters


Diode-Clamped (Neutral-Point-Clamped) Multilevel Inverters

Capacitor-Clamped (Flying Capacitor) Multilevel Inverters

Multilevel Inverters Using H-Bridges Converters

Other Kinds of Multilevel Inverters

Soft-Switching Multilevel Inverters


Advanced 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

Switched-Capacitor Multilevel DC/AC Inverters

Super-Lift Converter Multilevel DC/AC Inverters


Traditional AC/AC Converters


Single-Phase AC/AC Voltage-Regulation Converters

Three-Phase AC/AC Voltage-Regulation Converters


Matrix Converters


Improved AC/AC Converters

DC-Modulated Single-Stage AC/AC Converters

Other Types of DC-Modulated AC/AC Converters

DC-Modulated Multiphase AC/AC Converters

Sub-Envelope Modulation Method to Reduce THD of AC/AC Matrix Converters


AC/DC/AC and DC/AC/DC Converters


AC/DC/AC Converters Used in Wind Turbine Systems

DC/AC/DC Converters


Designs of Solar Panel and Wind Turbine Energy Systems


Wind Turbine Energy Systems

Solar Panel Energy Systems



About the Authors

Dr. Fang Lin Luo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is a fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society and a senior member of IEEE. He has published 12 textbooks and 308 technical papers in IEE/IET Proceedings and IEEE Transactions as well as in various international conferences. Dr. Luo is currently the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is also the editor of the international journal Advanced Technology of Electrical Engineering and Energy. His research interests include power electronics and DC and AC motor drives with computerized artificial intelligent (AIC) control 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 at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. She is a member of the IEEE and has coauthored 12 books. Dr. Ye has published more than 80 technical papers in IEEE Transactions, IEE 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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General