Highly efficient three-phase grid-connected parallel inverter system

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Isen E., Bakan A. F.

JOURNAL OF MODERN POWER SYSTEMS AND CLEAN ENERGY, vol.6, pp.1079-1089, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s40565-018-0391-7
  • Page Numbers: pp.1079-1089


In this paper, a new three-phase grid-connected inverter system is proposed. The proposed system includes two inverters. The main inverter, which operates at a low switching frequency, transfers active power to the grid. The auxiliary inverter processes a very low power to compensate for the grid current ripple. Thus, no active power is processed by the auxiliary inverter. The goal is to produce a grid current with a low total harmonic distortion (THD) and to obtain the highest efficiency from the inverter system. The main inverter is controlled via a space-vector pulse-width modulation owing to its optimum switching pattern, and the auxiliary inverter is controlled via a hysteresis current-control technique owing to the technique's fast dynamic response. The proposed system is analyzed in terms of different DC-link voltage, switching frequency, and filter inductance values. The optimum system parameters are selected that provide a THD value of less than 5%. A prototype inverter system at a 10-kW output power has been implemented. The main inverter operates at a 3-kHz switching frequency, and the auxiliary inverter compensates for the grid-current ripple. In total, a THD of 4.33% and an efficiency of 97.86% are obtained using the proposed inverter system prototype.