Analysis and Design of Solar Power System Interface Utility Using ZVS Converter

Ravi Ganpatrao Deshbhratar, M.M. Renge


The solar power generation system with minimal losses, high simplicity and easy control is attempted in this work, by developing a grid-tied zero-voltage switching (ZVS) inverter with a less number of power conversion stages and the least count of passive components, for single-phase applications that are suitable for conversion from low-voltage DC (40-60 V) to line voltage AC (230 VAC; RMS) at average power levels of 175 W and below. The ZVS full-bridge inverter fed from a PV panel is working on higher frequency with an asymmetric auxiliary circuit, which guarantees ZVS at the switching instants of the metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) by supplying the reactive current to these full-bridge semiconductor switches and reducing the switching losses. Checking of the constructional workability and analytical feasibility of the proposed topology with the highest efficiency and the simplest control was the target of this work, which was set on the basis of the results obtained in the MATLAB Simulink environment. The control strategies were planned for the optimum value of the reactive current injected by the auxiliary circuit to guarantee ZVS and use of phase shifted pulsewidth modulation (PWM) with varying frequencies for the full-bridge inverter and half-bridge cyclo-converter. The hybrid maximum power point tracking (MPPT) was part of this plan used to set the power at its maximum value against the environmental changes.
Citation: Deshbhratar, R. G., and Renge, M. M. (2018). Analysis and Design of Solar Power System Interface Utility Using ZVS Converter. Trends in Renewable Energy, 4, 83-101. DOI: 10.17737/tre.2018.4.3.0052


Full-bridge inverter; Asymmetrical auxiliary circuit; Half-wave cycloconverter; Hybrid MPPT; Phase-shift control; Frequency modulation; Zero-voltage switching (ZVS)

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