The Lifetime Assessment of a Micro-Inverter for PV Applications

Tohihiro Shimao, Koji Kato, Youichi Ito, Akio Iwabuchi, Yongheng Yang, Frede Blaabjerg

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Abstrakt

Recently, introducing grid-tied PV systems is recommended in many countries. The inverter lifetime in PV applications is affected by their operating conditions. That is affected by the thermal loading of the power devices and capacitors. Especially, the lifetime of electrolytic capacitors at the DC-link to compensate the power ripple decreases when the ambient temperature increases. To improve the lifetime, a micro-inverter with an active buffer at the DC-link is introduced in this paper. In this micro- inverter, the DC-link electrolytic capacitor is replaced with a ceramic capacitor that has small capacitance. However, the reliability performance of the entire micro-inverter has not been evaluated. This paper thus assesses the lifetime of the micro-inverter considering the operational conditions (i.e., ambient temperature and solar irradiance, also referred to as mission profiles). A comparison between the proposed circuit with an active buffer and the conventional circuit based on a boost chopper is performed in this paper. It is revealed that the lifetime of the micro-inverter is very long. This is due to the over-designed power devices.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of 2018 International Power Electronics Conference, IPEC-Niigata - ECCE Asia 2018
Antal sider7
ForlagIEEE Press
Publikationsdatomaj 2018
Sider439-445
Artikelnummer8507701
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-5386-4190-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-4-88686-405-5
DOI
StatusUdgivet - maj 2018
Begivenhed8th International Power Electronics Conference, IPEC-Niigata - ECCE Asia 2018 - Niigata, Japan
Varighed: 20 maj 201824 maj 2018

Konference

Konference8th International Power Electronics Conference, IPEC-Niigata - ECCE Asia 2018
LandJapan
ByNiigata
Periode20/05/201824/05/2018
SponsorIEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS), IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), IEEJ Industry Applications Society (IAS)

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  • Citationsformater

    Shimao, T., Kato, K., Ito, Y., Iwabuchi, A., Yang, Y., & Blaabjerg, F. (2018). The Lifetime Assessment of a Micro-Inverter for PV Applications. I Proceedings of 2018 International Power Electronics Conference, IPEC-Niigata - ECCE Asia 2018 (s. 439-445). [8507701] IEEE Press. https://doi.org/10.23919/IPEC.2018.8507701