Current balancing of cascaded H-bridge converters for PV systems with partial shading

Diego Iannuzzi, Mario Pagano, Luigi Piegari, Pietro Tricoli

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Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to propose a new converter topology for integrating PV plants constituted by many panels into the grid. The converter is capable of implementing MPPT algorithms on different subset of modules and can balance the different energy supplied by panels differently irradiated. The output voltage presents a very low ripple also if small filters are used for grid connection. Design/methodology/approach-In the paper, at first the converter configuration is presented. Then a control strategy for obtaining, at the same time the distributed MPPT and the power balancing on the three phases is proposed. Finally, by means of numerical simulations, the good performances of the proposed converter are shown. Findings-The proposed converter, lent from MMC configurations, is deeply studied and a suitable control strategy is well analyzed in the paper. Analytical model for voltage and current balancing are given. Research limitations/implications-The analysis presented in the paper complete some studies started in the last years and partially presented in previous scientific papers. It reaches a final point and gives all the specific for the realization of the converter and of its control. Practical implications-The paper gives all the instrument to design and realize a PV power plant integrated into building facade. Originality/value-The converter and the control for voltage and current balancing presented in this paper represent a significant original contribution of this work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1879-1895
Number of pages17
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2015


  • Distributed Generation
  • Electric power generation
  • Grid-interface converters
  • Modular multilevel converters
  • Power devices
  • Solar power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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