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International Journal of Power System Operation and Energy Management

Abstract

This paper presents a high performance, low cost inverter for photovoltaic systems based on Impedance-source concept. Traditional Voltage-source inverter and Current-source inverter has improved to the new Z-source inverter, with a unique X-shaped network in it. This Impedance-source inverter can provide a single stage power conversion concept where as the traditional inverter requires two stage power conversion for renewable energy applications. A new low cost solar cell powered Z-source inverter system is simulated and the results are compared with the traditional Voltage-source inverter system. Performance analysis, simulation and comparison have been confirmed that the Z-source inverter system is more appropriate for photovoltaic application than their counterparts. Hardware implementation is done to validate the proposed system.

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