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Ground Leakage Current Reduction in Single-Phase Grid-Connected Power Converter

Hedayati, Mohammad H and John, Vinod (2015) Ground Leakage Current Reduction in Single-Phase Grid-Connected Power Converter. In: Int Aegean Conference on Electrical Machines and Power Electronics (ACEMP) / Int Conference on Optimization of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (OPTIM) / Int Symposium on Advanced Electromechanical Motion Systems (ELECTROMOTION), SEP 02-04, 2015, Side, TURKEY, pp. 107-112.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/OPTIM.2015.7427014


One of the major concerns during the design of grid-connected converters is meeting the electromagnetic interference (EMI) standards. Ground leakage current is another aspect which has a stringent limit due to safety concerns. Presence of high frequency pulses, with high dv/dt due to switching actions, in common-mode (CM) voltage excite parasitic capacitances of the power converters. This results in injection of peaky current to ground and causes high EMI noise level. In this paper a new method is proposed to make the CM voltage, of a single-phase grid-connected converter, sinusoidal and free of high frequency pulses. The proposed method consists of two parallel connected H-bridge power converters, which uses unipolar PWM with carrier interleaving angle of 180 degrees. The proposed method reduces the ground leakage current by more than an order of magnitude. A modification to the LCL filter is adopted which further reduces the leakage current by 48%. It is shown that these modifications make the overall system insensitive to circuit nonidealities. Experimental results based on ground leakage current and EMI measurements on a 7.5kW parallel single-phase PWM-rectifier are presented. These results validate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the IEEE, 345 E 47TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2016 10:02
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2016 10:02
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/55389

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