Comparison of Impedance-Source Networks for Two and Multilevel Buck-Boost Inverter Applications

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IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2016, 31 (11), pp. 7564 - 7579
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© 2016 IEEE. Impedance-source networks are an increasingly popular solution in power converter applications, especially in single-stage buck-boost power conversion to avoid additional front-end dc-dc power converters. In the survey papers published, no analytical comparisons of different topologies have been described, which makes it difficult to choose the best option. Thus, the aim of this paper is to present a comprehensive analytical comparison of the impedance-source-based buck-boost inverters in terms of passive component count and semiconductor stress. Based on the waveform of the input current, i.e., with or without a transformer, and with or without inductor coupling, the impedance-source converters are classified. The main criterion in our comprehensive comparison is the energy stored in the passive elements, which is considered both under constant and predefined high frequency current ripple in the inductors and the voltage ripple across the capacitors. Two-level and multilevel solutions are described. The conclusions provide a 'one-stop' information source and a selection guide of impedance-source-based buck-boost inverters for different applications.
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