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Essamudin Ebrahim


A modified nanogrid (MnG) is a very small scalable grid with a low power single-input multi-output (SIMO) inverter. This inverter simultaneously produces both AC and DC currents, such as the switched boost inverter (SBI) and the z-source inverter. These inverters are suitable for low-power loads such as home appliances that use fractional horse-power motors as single-phase asynchronous drives. Thus, this article proposes a single-phase induction motor powered from a modified nanogrid that involves multiple types of inverters such as a SBI and a ZS inverter. The modified nanogrid is mainly dependent on photovoltaic (PV) as a renewable resource. Thus, this manuscript involves a full design for this proposed grid with its maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and the mathematical models for motor drive with both a SBI and a ZSI. Time-varying speed trajectories are proposed to test the robustness of the proposed drives relative to the fluctuation of PV-parameters like its irradiance. Test results are obtained using the Matlab/ Simulink software package and a comparison with the traditional sinusoidal pulse width modulation (SPWM) inverter as a single-input single-output inverter (SISOI). The results indicate that the proposed single-input multi-output inverters are suitable for driving these motors through start-up and operation, although the DC-link voltage is minimized. Furthermore, the proposed system is experimentally implemented with OPAL RT-4510v real-time hardware in the loop (HIL), rapid control prototyping, OP-8660 HIL controller and data acquisition platform.

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