Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Boost Cell Clamp Coupled Inductor Multiplier


"As photovoltaic panels become a more dominant technology used to produce electrical power, more efficient and efficacious solutions are needed to convert this electrical power to a useable form. Solar microconverters, which are used to convert a single panel's power, effectively overcome issues such as shading and panel-specific maximum power point tracking associated with traditional solar converters which use several panels in series. This thesis discusses a high gain DC-DC converter for incorporating single low-voltage solar panels to a distribution level voltage present in a DC microgrid. To do this, a converter was developed using coupled inductors and a capacitor-diode multiplying cell which is capable of high-gain power transmissions and continuous input current. This approach improves the efficiency of the system compared to cascaded converters typically used in this application. Challenges with this converter are discussed, a passive lossless clamp is introduced, and simulation results are presented. This converter has additional applications where high gain DC-DC conversion is required, including fuel cells and energy storage systems such as batteries and ultracapacitors"--Abstract, page iii.


Ferdowsi, Mehdi

Committee Member(s)

Kimball, Jonathan W.
Crow, Mariesa


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date



viii, 69 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 66-68).


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

DC-to-DC converters -- Design
Clamping circuits -- Computer simulation
Electric inductors

Thesis Number

T 10999

Electronic OCLC #