• EPMLab SCADA System
  • Design of Power Electronic Inverter
  • Management of Battery Storage
  • Test of Power Electronic Converter

 Power Quality Assessment of Photovoltaic Micro-Inverters

Identification: “Operation modes and Power Quality assessment of photovoltaic micro-inverters”

Aims :

  • Study the behavior of photovoltaic micro-inverters (power rating from 250W to 500W)
  • These kind of inverter is used to interconnect one or two photovoltaic panels.
  • The objectives of this study is to test micro-inverters from different manufacturers in both the normal and degraded  modes of operation.
  • This work has been focused on the limits of   normal operation and Power Quality studies.

Period: from 2016 to 2017

Sponsors:

Context: Micro-inverter is the youngest solar inverter technology. The main argument in favor of the use of micro-inverters is that their connection is easy and allows to have “plug & play” PV modules. Also, the growth of this market is based on the capacity of low skilled workers to realize PV installations. Moreover, the number of micro-inverter manufacturers is rising since the last three years. Thus, it is difficult to compare the product among themselves.

Main results:

  • Develop a PV micro-inverter test bench
  • Results comparison to manufacturer data
    • power measurements at 10%,20%,30%,50% and 100% of the rated Power
    • Efficiency and EU efficiency computations
    • Minimum and maximum AC voltage protection testing
    • Minimum and maximum frequency protection testing
    • Islanded mode operation on a  RLC load
    • To check the micro-inverter behavior during power quality studies in the case of harmonic voltages in the AC grid. Power quality measurements like:

Partners:

    • Partner n ° 1 (Pilot):   Laboratoire L2EP in Lille / Arts et Métiers ParisTech - Lille, 8 Boulevard Louis XIV - 59000 LILLE (France)
    • Partner n ° 2:  Laboratoire L2EP in Lille / Ecole centrale de Lille,  Cité Scientifique, 59651 Villeneuve-d'Ascq

Contact us

Address : 8, Boulevard Louis XIV – 59800 Lille

Scientific leader : Xavier Guillaud
Email: xavier.guillaud@ec-lille.fr

Technical leader : Frédéric Colas
Email: frederic.colas@ensam.eu

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