A new boost switched capacitor seven-level grid-tied inverter

Gao, Yang and Zhang, Weichi and Naderi, Yahya and Vosoughi Kurdkandi, Naser and Zhang, Chenming (2021) A new boost switched capacitor seven-level grid-tied inverter. IET Power Electronics, 14 (2). pp. 268-279. ISSN 1755-4543 (https://doi.org/10.1049/pel2.12031)

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In this paper, a new switched capacitor-based multilevel inverter structure is suggested. The proposed topology can generate seven-level output voltage waveform using ten power electronic switches and two floating capacitors. This structure has the ability to boost the input DC voltage, up to 1.5 times. Although this topology can generate an output waveform with large number of levels, it does not increase the voltage stress on the power electronic switches. There is no need for capacitor voltage balancing in this structure since the capacitors are balanced through charging and discharging modes of operation. In addition, the suggested switched capacitor inverter reduces the number of input dc power supplies and uses a single dc source such as a photovoltaic (PV) panel. Since the proposed inverter is an neutral point clamp based multilevel inverter topology, the leakage current is minimized and as a result the overall efficiency of the proposed system is increased. The operation modes and steady-state analysis of the proposed structure are explained in detail. In order to validate the feasibility of the proposed topology, some experimental results are presented in the grid connected mode of operation.