Neutral point clamped (NPC) are one of the most used topologies for inverters in photovoltaic (PV) applications due to several operative advantages. The same hardware used for DC/AC conversion can be exploited to add reactive power compensation capabilities. In absence of PV generation (i.e. night hours) the DC link voltage have to be controlled by injecting or extracting active power to or from the DC link capacitors. While this technique is widely used in active power filters (APF) based on H-bridge inverters, the use of NPC inverters imposes a restriction due to potential imbalances in the voltages of DC-link capacitors, produced by DC components in the current of nonlinear loads being compensated. In this paper an analysis of DC currents effect is presented and an enabling method to allow reactive power compensation with single-phase NPC inverters is proposed and tested.
|Title of host publication||2019 IEEE 15th Brazilian Power Electronics Conference and 5th IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference, COBEP/SPEC 2019|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|State||Published - Dec 2019|
|Event||15th IEEE Brazilian Power Electronics Conference and 5th IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference, COBEP/SPEC 2019 - Santos, Brazil|
Duration: 1 Dec 2019 → 4 Dec 2019
|Name||2019 IEEE 15th Brazilian Power Electronics Conference and 5th IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference, COBEP/SPEC 2019|
|Conference||15th IEEE Brazilian Power Electronics Conference and 5th IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference, COBEP/SPEC 2019|
|Period||1/12/19 → 4/12/19|
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ACKNOWLEDGMENT The authors want to thank to Universidad Politecnica Sale-siana in Cuenca, Ecuador, and Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, for the institutional and financial support to this work.
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- active power filter
- grid connected inverter
- neutral point clamped
- reactive power compensation
- single-phase systems