Lifetime Evaluation of Power Modules for Three-Level 1500-V Photovoltaic Inverters

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The installation cost of Photovoltaic (PV) systems can be reduced considerably by extending the maximum DC voltage from 1000 V to 1500 V (e.g., with more PV arrays connected in series). However, the increased DC voltage challenges the design and operation of PV inverters in terms of efficiency and reliability. To fulfill the requirements of an efficient and reliable PV power conversion, an early-stage evaluation plays an important role in the inverter design phase. This paper, thus, evaluates the lifetime of power modules for three-level 1500-V PV inverters with respect to their thermal cycling capabilities. The evaluation is carried out by case study of 160-kW inverters considering the impact of voltage stress, switching frequency and mission profile. The evaluation reveals that these factors have considerable impact on the inverter lifetime and thus affect the topology selection and the final cost of the entire PV system.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Titel35th Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC 2020)
Antal sider6
ForlagIEEE Press
Publikationsdatojun. 2020
Sider430-435
Artikelnummer9124560
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781728148298
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2020
Begivenhed2020 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) - New Orleans, LA, USA
Varighed: 15 mar. 202019 mar. 2020

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Konference2020 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC)
LandUSA
ByNew Orleans, LA
Periode15/03/202019/03/2020
Navn35th Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference & Exposition (APEC 2020)

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