Hybrid cascaded MLI development for PV‐Grid connection applications

Abdullah M. Noman, Abdullrahman Abdullah Al-Shamma'a, Pedram Asef, Abdulaziz Alkuhayli

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Abstract

For grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) applications, a hybrid cascaded MLI (H-CMLI) topology based on cascaded H-bridge MLI is proposed in this study. The proposed configuration is a hybrid of two common MLIs: Cascaded H-bridge and three-phase cascaded voltage source inverter (VSI). For the same voltage level, the proposed topology enhances the number of the generated voltage levels while employing fewer components, relative to other traditional MLI topologies. Furthermore, the voltage stresses on switches in the proposed topology are decreased, compared to when each part operates independently. The proposed topology could be utilized for many applications, such as PV-grid connection, active power filters, and STATCOM. To verify the effectiveness of the proposed topology, the model is developed in MATLAB/Simulink environment, in which a closed-loop control scheme based on the traditional one is used to achieve the PV-grid connection. Alongside the simulation results, the proposed topology and its control scheme are experimentally implemented in the laboratory. Two cases were experimentally applied to validate the successful performance of the proposed H-CMLI: Open-loop control and closed-loop control for PV-grid integration. The proposed control scheme effectively maintains the DC link voltage at its reference voltages. Also, the closed-loop control scheme is capable of providing the power factor at unity and maintaining the total harmonic distortion (THD) of grid current within the acceptable limit. To demonstrate the proposed topology's functionality and viability, experimental results are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1717-1731
JournalIET Power Electronics
Volume16
Issue number10
Early online date22 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Researchers Supporting Project number (RSP‐2021/258), King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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