Evaluation of DC-link decoupling using electrolytic or polypropylene film capacitors in three-phase grid-connected photovoltaic inverters
Document typeConference report
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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The life expectancy and long term reliability of grid-connected three-phase photovoltaic (PV) inverters can be increased by replacing the conventional electrolytic film capacitors by metallized polypropylene film capacitors. This paper presents a detailed evaluation of a three-phase grid-connected PV inverter performance when replacing the electrolytic capacitor with a minimum value of metallized polypropylene film capacitor-one. The minimum dc bus capacitance leads to larger voltage ripples. However, such ripples were found to be within acceptable limits to run the inverter satisfactorily. Simulation results are presented for a 15-kW grid-connected inverter at nominal voltage of 700V dc and experimental results are provided for a 3.0-kW system at a nominal voltage of 400V dc, built in the laboratory.
CitationKaranayil, B.; Agelidis, V.; Pou, J. Evaluation of DC-link decoupling using electrolytic or polypropylene film capacitors in three-phase grid-connected photovoltaic inverters. A: IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics. "IECON 2013, 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industria Electronics Society, November 10-13, 2013, Vienna, Austria". Viena: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2013, p. 6980-6986.