Novel Step-Up Transformerless Inverter Topology for 1-Φ Grid-Connected Photovoltaic System

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In this article, a novel step-up transformerless inverter topology is presented for the grid-connected solar PV system. The proposed topology has the features of a dc-dc step-up converter and two-level inverter. First, it offers the transformerless grid connection of solar PV system with negligible leakage current and higher efficiency, and second, it provides inherent high gain step-up so that low-voltage solar PV modules can be directly connected. In addition, the proposed topology has low-voltage stress, less power losses, and requires fewer independent gate drive signals compared to the other existing transformerless inverter configurations with voltage boosting capability. The design, modes of operation, analysis, and developed PWM strategy, for the proposed inverter topology, are presented in detail. Furthermore, the system performance is validated experimentally through a 400 VA laboratory prototype. The experimental investigation demonstrates that the proposed topology results in transformerless voltage boosting while achieving improved system efficiency.

Original languageBritish English
Article number9380707
Pages (from-to)2801-2815
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2021


  • DC-dc converter
  • leakage current
  • PV system
  • step-up transformerless inverter
  • two-level inverter


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