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[en] Highlights: • Unraveling the bifurcation structure of a single-phase H-bridge inverter. • Demonstration of regular structures formed by persistence border-collision curves. • Detection of qualitatively different regions inside the fixed point stability domain. • Studies of the processes associated with a new route to chaos in switching systems. Recent studies on a power electronic DC/AC converter (inverter) have demonstrated that such systems may undergo a transition from regular dynamics (associated with a globally attracting fixed point of a suitable stroboscopic map) to chaos through an irregular sequence of border-collision events. Chaotic dynamics of an inverter is not suitable for practical purposes. However, the parameter domain in which the stroboscopic map has a globally attracting fixed point has generally been considered to be uniform and suitable for practical use. In the present paper we show that this domain actually has a complicated interior structure formed by boundaries defined by persistence border collisions. We describe a simple approach that is based on symbolic dynamics and makes it possible to detect such boundaries numerically. Using this approach we describe several regions in the parameter space leading to qualitatively different output signals of the inverter although all associated with globally attracting fixed points of the corresponding stroboscopic map.
[en] Highlights: ► Real PV production from two 100 kWp grid-connected installations is conducted. ► Data sets on production were collected over an entire year. ► Economic results highlight the importance of properly selecting the system components. ► Performance of PV plants is directly related to improvements of all components. - Abstract: A study is conducted of real PV production from two 100 kWp grid-connected installations located in the same area, both of which experience the same fluctuations in temperature and radiation. Data sets on production were collected over an entire year and both installations were compared under various levels of radiation. The installations were assembled with mono-Si panels, mounted on the same support system, and the power supply was equal for the inverter and the measurement system; the same parameters were also employed for the wiring, and electrical losses were calculated in both cases. The results, in economic terms, highlight the importance of properly selecting the system components and the design parameters for maximum profitability.
[en] This paper proposes a systematic approach for an accurate control of the Terfenol-D actuator taking into account hysteresis, modeled by applying the classical Preisach operator with memory curve. A desired input displacement is calculated by using the hysteresis inverter, which is fed into the actuator. Then the PI compensator corrects the error between the commanded and actual displacements. Experiments with the step responses show that the PI controller settles in 70 ms and the hybrid controller in 20 ms. It means that the concurrent application of two control schemes is effective to control the actuator
[en] In the non-model-based mechanical sensorless control of AC machines the flux/rotor position can be estimated by evaluating the current response to voltage pulses. This current slope is modulated by all spatial saliencies in the machine. Sources of these saliencies can be various, for instance the saturation of the machine by the main flux, the slotting, lamination material anisotropy as well as eccentricity. Measurements are performed on specially designed machines enabling the separation of the effects of material anisotropy as well as eccentricity in the current slopes
[en] Transient characteristics of an MHD power generating system including a DC-AC inverter are analyzed using a time-dependent quasi-one-dimensional approximation. The generator model considered is Faraday type of U-25 class with heavy-oil and air combustion gas. It is found that a short-circuited fault of the invertor may become more serious than an open-circuited fault, resulting in significant gas velocity reduction. An open-circuited fault, if retained for more than 5-8 ms, can substantially increase the gas velocity at the upstream end of the fault region. A protection system composed of a fast-acting DC circuit-breaker and an emergency load resistance is proposed. The switching speed of the DC breaker must be about 500 microsec to stop a pressure increase, resulting, for example, from the short-circuiting of 20 electrode pairs, before it reaches 120% of the initial level
[en] A high voltage pulse power supply using Marx generator with solid-state switches is proposed in this paper. An IGBT based 10 stage Marx bank generator has been designed and developed. A -10 kV /100 A high voltage pulse with a variable pulse width from 100 μS to 1 ms yielding a peak power of 1 mega watt was generated. The 10 cell generator is assembled over a FRP structure where each cell consists of a charging IGBT, a discharging IGBT, a capacitor and a freewheeling diode. The modular design proposed allows cascading of similar structures to generate higher voltages. A unique compact scheme based on pulse transformer is used to drive both the charging and the discharging IGBTs. Two numbers of pulse transformers (one for charging pulse and another for discharging pulse) were designed and developed. Both pulse transformers have a single primary and multiple numbers of secondaries, one for each cell with required high voltage isolation. They are excited with high frequency inverters to generate isolated control supply and firing pulse for IGBT switching. The paper discusses the design and construction of the Marx generator and its operation. (author)
[en] In this article the author takes a timely look at the latest trends in the inverter market, and discusses some of the irregularities in global grid regulations that affect these essential elements of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The inverter is by far the most complicated part of a PV system, as it has a wider range of functions to perform than any other component in the system. The inverter has to act as the interface between the PV modules, the load and the grid (or batteries). It also has to cope with variations in the electricity it receives due to varying levels of solar radiation, varying loads and varying grid voltages. The inverter takes most of the burden of meeting the complicated sets of regulations relating to electrical safety and power quality. These regulations vary from country to country, making the job of inverter manufacturers many times more complicated that they would be in an ideal world. The author goes into some detail about the regulation differences in Europe and the USA, market trends and the future for inverters is also discussed
[en] This standard describes methods for qualifying static battery chargers and inverters for Class 1E installations in environmentally controlled areas outside containment in nuclear power generating stations. The purpose of this standard is to provide specific procedures to meet the requirements of IEEE Std. 323-1974
[en] Highlight: ► This paper reports a novel 3-level grid connected photovoltaic inverter. ► The inverter features maximum power point tracking and grid current shaping. ► The inverter can be acted as an active filter and a renewable power source. - Abstract: This paper presents a systematic way of designing control scheme for a grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) inverter featuring maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and grid current shaping. Unlike conventional design, only four power switches are required to achieve three output levels and it is not necessary to use any phase-locked-loop circuitry. For the proposed scheme, a simple integral controller has been designed for the tracking of the maximum power point of a PV array based on an improved extremum seeking control method. For the grid-connected inverter, a current loop controller and a voltage loop controller have been designed. The current loop controller is designed to shape the inverter output current while the voltage loop controller can maintain the capacitor voltage at a certain level and provide a reference inverter output current for the PV inverter without affecting the maximum power point of the PV array. Experimental results are included to demonstrate the effectiveness of the tracking and control scheme.