This research first proposes a method to merge photovoltaic (PV) cells or PV panels within the internal components DC-DC converters. The purpose of this merged structure is to reconfigure the PV modules between series and parallel connections using high switching frequencies (hundreds of kHz).
The second part of this research proposes to utilize the internal solar cell capacitance and internal solar module wire parasitic inductances to replace the input capacitor and filter inductor in boost derived DC-DC converters for energy harvesting applications. High switching frequency (MHz) hard switched and resonant boost converters are proposed. Analysis, simulation and experimental prototypes are presented for all the approaches. Benefits and drawbacks of new proposed PV submodule integrated DC-DC converters are discussed.
- Professor Bradley Lehman (Advisor)
- Professor Mahshid Amirabadi
- Professor Bahram Shafai