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Multiobjective Optimization of the DC-DC Stage of a Module-Integrated Inverter Based on an Efficiency Usage Model

Mirjafari, Mehran
Balog, Robert S.
Turan, Raşit
As photovoltaic (PV) energy continues to gain market penetration due to the lower cost of PV modules, attention is shifting to the balance of system. In this paper, a new efficiency evaluation technique based on a usage model that is synthesized from high-temporal operational data of a PV module is investigated, along with a multiobjective design optimization of the dc-dc stage of a module-integrated inverter. The analysis shows that the technique provides more accurate results than the California Energy Commission weighted efficiency method, particularly when other geographic regions of the world are considered.