Z-source-based isolated high step-up converter

Evran F., Aydemir M. T.

IET POWER ELECTRONICS, vol.6, no.1, pp.117-124, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1049/iet-pel.2012.0289
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.117-124
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Continuous input currents and high step-up ratios are desired from the dc-dc converters that work with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels and fuel cells. Most dc-dc converters use transformers to have high step-up ratios. There is another type of converters that use coupled inductors, but they need to operate at high duty cycles to increase the gain. These converters suffer from low efficiency values because of the leakage inductance values and long reverse recovery times of the diodes. A new dc-dc converter based on Z-source topology is proposed in this study. It uses coupled inductors to increase the step-up ratio. Its main features are high step-up ratios, continuous input currents, high efficiency and galvanic isolation between input and output. Simulation and experimental results are given for a prototype converter that converts 25-400 V dc at 300 W with over 91% efficiency.