This paper proposes a novel voltage distortion approach for output filter design based on the voltage transfer function for both offgrid and gridconnected Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) Inverters. The method explained in detail is compared to conventional methods. A comparative analysis is performed on an example of L and LCLfilter design. Simulation and experimental results for the offgrid and the gridconnected single phase inverter prove our theoretical predictions. It was found that conventional methods define redundant values of the output filter elements. Assumptions and limitations of the proposed approach are also discussed.
I. INTRODUCTION
Recent years have seen heightened attention to the renewable energy. At the same time, the production cost of green energy is still high because of the high price of energy converters and other equipment. For instance, in the case of fuel cell or photovoltaic array, a DCAC converter is required for the injection of renewable energy into the power distribution grid [
Fig. 1
(a)].
Grid connected renewable energy system (a), LCfilter (b), LCLfilter (c), LLCLfilter (d).
Traditionally, passive magnetic components required for boost capabilities and output filtering are very expensive and bulky.
Output filter is a substantial component of pulse width modulation (PWM) converters. Numerous papers cover the output filter design
[1]

[26]
.
L
,
LC
,
LCL
and
LLCL
output filters are commonly used in DCAC converters.
L
filter is the simplest solution. Several design approaches with examples are described in
[1]

[4]
. The main drawbacks of the
L
filter are its large size inductor and low output voltage quality in the openloop control mode. Overall size can be reduced using an
LC
or
LCL
output filter.
LC
filter is also a traditional solution [
Fig. 1
(b)]. But it is mainly used in offgrid systems
[5]

[9]
. Moreover, any grid has its own internal inductance
L_{g}
[
Fig. 1
(a)], therefore an
LC
filter cannot be considered for use in a gridconnected system as it is.
As compared to the first order
L
filter, the
LCL
filter [
Fig. 1
(c)] can satisfy the grid interconnection standards with a significantly smaller size and cost, but it might be more difficult to keep the system stable
[10]

[24]
. Another
LLCL
[
Fig. 1
(d)] solution was proposed in
[25]
,
[26]
. In contrast to the
LCL
filter, the
LLCL
filter has nearly zero impedance at the switching frequency and can strongly attenuate the harmonic currents around the switching frequency. Here a precise value of the switching frequency is required.
To avoid stability problems in high order filters in the closedloop control mode, damping methods are used. These methods are classified as passive or active. In the first case, generally, a resistor is added in series to the capacitor or in parallel to the grid inductor. The active damping method is based on the modification of the control system for resonance mitigation
[18]

[21]
.
The aim of this work is to find an optimal size of the output filter by means of a novel output voltage distortion approach and to compare it with other design approaches. In this paper, the output voltage distortion approach is proposed as a good solution for gridconnected as well as for offgrid systems.
II. CLASSICAL APPROACHES
This section presents existing output filter design approaches and those described in the literature. In general, most of them can be generalized as a current transfer function approach for grid connected systems.
 A. Lfilter Design
There are several criteria for
L
filter selection. For instance, the ripple criterion ensures that the error between the reference current and the grid injected current by the converter is within a margin.
Another criterion is based on the current ripple calculation on the switching harmonic.
Fig. 2
shows a typical harmonic spectrum of the DCAC inverter. It is possible to define the converter voltage harmonic at the switching frequency. Assuming that the current ripple is contributed only by the switching frequency, we can write:
where
I_{SW}
is the grid RMS harmonic current at the switching frequency,
I_{1}
is the RMS value of the current fundamental harmonic of the grid.
Typical harmonic spectrum of the grid current.
The current ripple passing from the converter side to the grid side can be computed upon consideration that at high frequencies, the converter is a harmonic generator, while the grid can be considered as a short circuit
[2]
,
[10]
,
[12]
. It is depicted in
Fig. 3
(a) and can be expressed as:
where
h
_{SW}
– the number of switching harmonic,
w_{1}
– fundamental harmonic, and total filter inductance
L_{f}
=
L_{i}
+
L_{g2}
.
Equivalent gridconnected converter with (a) L and (b) LCL output filter.
From (2), the current ripple is defined:
To estimate the inductance value it is necessary to define the harmonic component of the converter output voltage at the switching frequency
V_{i}
(
h_{SW}
). Resulting from Eqs. (2) and (3) and taking into account that the power factor is equal to 1:
where
P
is the rated output power.
In case the voltage harmonic component at the switching frequency is unknown, the current ripple can be estimated directly from the calculation using the inverter voltage waveform. Typically, such approach gives the same result, since there is a proportional dependence between the two magnitudes: ripple and content of harmonics
[2]
,
[3]
.
 B. LCLFilter Design
In this case the ripple attenuation passing from the converter side to the grid side can be computed on the basis of the previous assumption that at high frequencies, the converter is a harmonic generator, while the grid can be considered as a short circuit [
Fig. 3
(b)]:
where we assume that
L_{g}
=
L_{g1}
+
L_{g2}
. From (5) the current ripple is defined:
To estimate the inductance value from this equation, it is necessary to define the harmonic component of the converter voltage at the switching frequency
V_{i}
(
h_{SW}
). As a result, based on Eqs. (1) and (6) we obtain:
The resonance frequency
f_{RES}
in this case is defined as:
Resonance frequency
f_{RES}
should be in a range between ten times the line frequency
f_{0}
and one half of the switching frequency
f_{SW}
in order not to create resonance problems. Based on the aforementioned
[10]

[12]
:
We can determine
L_{g}
as a function of
L_{i}
, using the index
r
for the relation between the two inductances
[11]
,
[13]
.
Assuming that
f_{RES}
is determined, from Eq. (8) we can define the inductor from the inverter side:
where
L
is the weighted inductance value:
The capacitor value
C_{f}
is limited to decrease the capacitive reactive power at a rated load to less than the predetermined relative value Δ
[26]
.
where
P
is the rated output power and
V_{g}
is the grid fundamental RMS voltage. The relatively small value of the reactive power is explained by additional losses in the system that it evokes. On the one hand, the larger value we choose the better filtering capability we obtain and on the other hand, the larger is the current stress on the semiconductors and passive elements.
Finally, from Eqs (7), (10) and (11) we obtain a relative index
r
of a quadratic equation.
According to that approach, we can define the value of the capacitor, the weighted inductor and the index
r
, which provides a complete definition of the output filter.
It should be noted that the current ripple based approach is changed when the grid side current ripple is predefined. Once both the inverter side and the grid side current ripple are predefined, we can calculate the ripple difference and estimate the capacitor value. This approach is quite similar to the current transfer function approach and often used
[10]

[12]
.
Paper
[11]
shows an example of an
LCL
filter design for an active rectifier. The calculation of the converter side inductor is followed by the grid side inductor calculation based on the converter and grid current ripples respectively. The main difference is in the calculation of the resonance frequency, which cannot be predefined, but can be estimated after the capacitor calculation.
III. NOVEL VOLTAGE DISTORTION APPROACH
The main idea of the approach above is in the grid injected current in the nominal power point. At any moment of time the shape of the injected current is defined by the voltage difference between the inverter side and the grid side [
Fig. 4
(a)]. In the case of an ideal grid with negligibly low impedance, the voltage shape in point common coupling (PCC) has ideal sinusoidal voltage.
Voltage and current waveforms of the gridconnected system. (a) Islanding mode system. (b) Equivalent gridconnected converter. (c) Output filters at rated power.
In the case of the offgrid mode with a passive load, the shape of the output voltage has fundamental harmonic and high frequency ripple similar to the output current shape [
Fig. 4
(b)].
The result of the comparison of the approaches shows that the difference in the voltage applied to inductors is in the high frequency ripple. Assuming that high frequency ripple is relatively small and the output voltage on the resistor has pure sinusoidal shape, the current will be the same as in the case of the gridconnected inverter and we can use the voltage approach for the gridconnected system as well.
Resulting from the above considerations, we can represent the grid side like equivalent inductance in series with a passive resistor that corresponds to the nominal power [
Fig. 4
(c)].
Since the output filter can be represented as the voltage transfer function in the case of predefined output voltage quality, we can define the parameters of the output filter.
Based on the above, the
THD_{U}
of the output voltage will be equal or higher than the THD
_{I}
of the grid injected current:
In conclusion, in order to satisfy power quality demands in the full working range it is necessary to maintain
THD_{U}
in the preliminary specified range. The proposed approach differs from that described above by the voltage transfer function. A similar approach for the
LC
filter calculation in the islanding mode was used in
[7]
with other optimality criteria.
 A. Lfilter Design
Taking into account the total inductance
L_{f}
=
L_{i}
+
L_{g2}
, the transfer function of the
L
filter can be presented as:
Regarding that the voltage distortion is defined only by the switching frequency, we can write that
where
V_{SW}
is the voltage harmonic component of the converter at the switching frequency of the output voltage,
V_{1}
is the fundamental harmonic. It can be defined from the transfer function at the switching frequency:
where
V_{SW}
is the voltage harmonic component of the converter at the switching frequency of the output voltage,
V_{1}
is the fundamental harmonic.
It can be defined from the transfer function at the switching frequency:
Resulting from Eqs. (17) and (18), we can write:
It should also be mentioned that the transfer function at the switching frequency depends on the equivalent load of the grid
R_{L}
. The maximum value
K_{LC}
corresponds to the maximum value of
R_{L}
.
Assuming
V_{1}
=
V_{g}
, we can define the inductance value from Eqs. (19) and (20):
where
R_{L}
is the resistance that corresponds to the rated power.
 B. LCLfilter Design
Neglecting the internal grid inductance
L_{g2}
and assuming
L_{g}
=
L_{g1}
in
Fig. 4
b
, the transfer function of the
LCL
filter can be obtained:
Similarly to the current transfer function design approach, we can determine
L_{g}
and
L_{i}
as a function of the weighted inductance
L_{i}
, using the index
r
for the relation between the two inductances. Finally, the relative index
r
of the fourthorder equation can be derived taking into account Eqs. (17) and (18).
As in the previous case, the only way to restrict the capacitor value is the injected reactive power defined by Eq. (13). Then, solving Eq. (23) using any appropriate tool, we can find index
r
. Next, from Eqs. (12), (10) and (11), we can determine
L_{g}
and
L_{i}
.
Finally, we can see the main difference of the voltage distortion approach in the last equation that defines the links between the predefined input parameters, the capacitor, the resonance frequency and the index
r
.
It should also be noted that both approaches require the same set of the input parameters for output filter design. The only feature of the voltage distortion approach consists in the equivalent resistance
R_{L}
that corresponds to the rated power. It is obvious that if power is increasing, the quality of the output current is improving and the size of the output filter can be reduced. If power is not constant in the system, the output filter must be designed for the worst case. This is applicable to any renewable energy converter where the input power can vary in a very wide range.
Generally, in any gridconnected system, active or reactive power component injected to the grid does not influence the filter design approach. If the reactive power component is present, the full power must be considered and the equivalent resistance
R_{L}
will correspond to the full rated power. In the gridconnected inverter, the reactive power is controlled by means of phase shifting between the fundamental inverter voltage and the grid voltage, the voltage harmonic at the switching frequency will be the same.
In the case of the offgrid systems, only pure resistive load was considered. In the case of the capacitive load or any other impedance load, the reactive components must be considered as part of the filter. As a result, the current and the voltage transfer functions will be modified but the general idea of both approaches will be the same.
IV. OPTIMAL RATIO BETWEEN GRID AND CONVERTER INDUCTANCES OF LCLFILTER
The relative index
r
in Eq. (23) has several solutions. Relative solutions define the ratio between the grid side and the converter side inductances.
Let us assume that the total inductance
L_{Tot}
=
L_{i}
+
L_{g}
is constant. From (10) and (11), we can express:
As a result, voltage and current transfer functions for high frequency ripples can be expressed as the function of
r
that has extreme points. In general, dependences for both approaches are represented in
Fig. 5
.
Voltage and current transfer functions versus inductance ratio.
It can be seen that the function has minimum and maximum values. Minimum value
r_{MIN}
corresponds to the maximum attenuating factor of the high switching ripples. Mathematically we can obtain two maximum values that correspond to one resonance frequency. In order to find a certain quantity value of index
r
, which corresponds to the optimal solution, extreme points must be found:
Typically, this equation has several solutions, but it can be accepted only in a range
0
<
r
≤
1
. It means that the converter side has to be larger or equal to the grid side inductance. In the opposite case, huge current spikes in the semiconductors will be present.
V. COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF THE PROPOSED APPROACHES
To compare different approaches, the calculation of the output filter for a case study system with different switching frequencies was carried out. A gridconnected system with a
1 kW
threelevel (3L) inverter was chosen for simulation and experimental verification. The converter voltage harmonic component assumed at the switching frequency
V_{i}
(
h_{SW}
) in the 3L topology was about 0.45
V_{g}
(
Fig. 2
). It depends on the modulation index and pertains to the worst case. The RMS value of the grid voltage
V_{g}
is 230 V.
The current transfer function approach versus the voltage transfer approach is a subject of discussion in this section.
 A. Classical Approach
According to the classical approach, the inductances for the
L
filter can be calculated using expression (4). For instance, for the above mentioned parameters, THD
_{I}
= 3% and switching frequency of
25 kHz
:
For the
LCL
filter design, the capacitor value
C_{f}
is limited by the capacitive reactive power at a rated load. Assuming that the capacitive reactive power is less than 2%, we can calculate from Eq. (13):
Once the capacitor is chosen, we can predefine the resonance frequency of the
LCL
output filter. According to Eq. (9), the resonance frequency must be in a range between ten times the line frequency
f_{0}
and one half of the switching frequency
f_{SW}
. At the same time, the resonance frequency must be tuned in order to satisfy the
0
<
r
≤
1
condition.
For instance, assuming
C_{f}
=
0.47 μF
, substituting Eq. (12), which defines the weighted inductance value
L
in Eq. (14) and solving Eq. (14) relative to the index
r
, we can obtain a certain index
r
for any resonance frequency
f_{RES}
. If
r
>
1
or there are no real solutions at all, then the resonance frequency must be changed in order to satisfy the
0
<
r
≤
1
condition. After several iterations we obtain
r
=
0.97
for
f_{RES}
=
10.2 kHz
. It corresponds to the maximum resonance frequency within the condition
0
<
r
≤
1
.
Finally, taking into account the weighted inductance value
L
and Eqs. (11) and (10), we can define the values
L_{g}
and
L_{i}
:
Table I
summarizes the results of the calculation. Similar calculations were performed for other switching and resonance frequencies.
CALCULATED PARAMETERS OF THE OUTPUT FILTERS FOR 1 KW GRIDCONNECTED INVERTER
CALCULATED PARAMETERS OF THE OUTPUT FILTERS FOR 1 KW GRIDCONNECTED INVERTER
 B. Voltage Distortion Approach
An example of the
L
and
LCL
filter calculation according to the proposed approach is discussed below.
Taking into account the switching frequency
25 kHz
, and
R_{L}
=
53 Ohms
that corresponds to the nominal load (
1 kW
), from Eq. (21) we obtain
L_{f}
:
It is evident that according to this approach, the inductance obtained was slightly smaller.
Let’s consider the
LCL
filter design according to the proposed approach.
First step is to estimate the capacitor value
C_{f}
is limited by the capacitive reactive power at a rated load and will be the same. Similarly to the classical approach, the next step is substituting Eq. (12), which defines the weighted inductance value
L
in Eq. (23) and solving Eq. (23) relative to the index
r
. We can obtain a certain index
r
for any resonance frequency
f_{RES}
. If
r
>
1
or there are no real solutions at all, then the resonance frequency must be changed in order to satisfy the
0
<
r
≤
1
condition.
By means of the iteration process solving Eq. (23) to estimate the maximum resonance frequency along with minimum values of the inductors in order to satisfy the
0
<
r
≤
1
condition.
For instance, for the same parameters:
P
=
1 kW
,
THD_{U}
=
3%
and the switching frequency
25 kHz
, assuming
C_{f}
=
0.47 μF
, we obtain
r
=
0.76
for
f_{RES}
=
12.5 kHz
.
Finally, we can calculate the weighted inductance
L
from Eq. (12) along with
L_{g}
and
L_{i}
. from Eqs. (10) and (11):
We obtain
L_{g}
=
0.61 mH
and
L_{i}
=
0.8 mH
. It is evident that the values obtained are smaller. First of all it is explained that the second approach can satisfy the
0
<
r
≤
1
condition with a higher resonance frequency.
Increase of
THD_{U}
value leads decrease of the filter size. It should be noted that according to the proposed approach the output voltage distortion is counted. But assuming the difference in the applied inductor voltage negligibly small, we can use the obtained output filter parameters for the gridconnected inverter. As a result of the comparison, we can conclude that the presented values of the total inductance for the discussed types of the filter calculated by the voltage distortion approach are smaller. It is especially evident in the case of the
LCL
filter.
VI. SIMULATION AND EXPERIMENTAL VERIFICATION
To compare the behavior of the inverter with the output filter parameters obtained, a PSIM simulation model of 1 kW 3L gridconnected inverter was tested.
The
THD_{I}
of the inverter output current is the main object of the investigation.
Table I
represents the component values of
L
and
LCL
filters calculated by different approaches with different switching frequencies. All the approaches must provide the predefined quality of the output current for nominal power. In order to verify this statement, several simulation and experimental tests were carried out.
Fig. 6
shows the diagrams of dependences
THD_{I}
of the inverter output current versus the output power.
THD_{I} versu output power. (a) Lfilter with 25 kHz. (b) LCLfilter with 25 kHz. (c) Lfilter with 100 kHz. (d) LCLfilter with 100 kHz.
Fig. 6
(a),
6
(c) illustrate
THD_{I}
behavior of the gridconnected inverter with an
L
filter. The upper figure corresponds to the
25 kHz
, the lower to the
100 kHz
switching frequency. The filter parameters are shown in the figure and in
Table I
.
It is evident that a slightly lower value of inductance leads to a slightly worse output current quality but still in the predefined range.
Fig. 6
(b),
6
(d) illustrates
THD_{I}
behavior of the
LCL
filter. The upper figure corresponds to
25 kHz
, the lower to
100 kHz
of the switching frequency. The most interesting conclusion is that in despite of the significant difference in the inductance values, the difference in the output current quality is not so evident. Some difference can be seen at the low power points that are close to the idle mode. To distinguish current waveform differences, several simulation and experimental tests were performed. The simulation results are depicted in
Fig. 7
. The solid line corresponds to the voltage distortion approach while the dotted line to the conventional approach.
Figs. 7
(a),
7
(b) illustrate the grid voltage and the output current of the inverterwith
L
≈
4.5 mH
and
25 kHz
switching frequency.
Fig. 7
(a) pertains to
160 W
output power,
Fig. 7
(b) to
800 W
. It can be concluded that the quality of the output current is close to that theoretically expected. The deterioration of the
THD_{I}
with the output power decreasing is in good agreement with the simulation results.
Simulation results: (a) Lfilter, 25 kHz, 160 W, Lfilter, (b) 25 kHz, 800 W, LCLfilter, (c) 100 kHz, 160 W, (d) LCLfilter, 100 kHz, 800 W.
Similar diagrams are shown in
Fig. 7
(c) and
7
(d) for the
LCL
filter:
L_{i}
=
0.54 mH
,
L_{g}
=
0.2 mH
,
C_{f}
=
0.47μF
and the switching frequency
100 kHz
.
Quality analysis confirms our theoretical expectations. Despite the high current ripple in the converter side inductor due to the presence of the capacitor, the output current has low ripple.
Fig. 7
(c) as in the previous case pertains to
160 W
output power,
Fig. 7
(d) to
800 W
. This filter was preliminarily calculated by the voltage distortion approach for the
100 W
nominal power and can provide satisfactory output current quality in a wide range.
Fig. 8
shows that the experimental results are similar to the simulation results presented in
Fig. 7
but in the offgrid mode with an active load. Ignoring noise in the measured signals, we can regard the waveforms in good agreement with the simulation results.
THD_{I}
calculated by an oscilloscope is slightly less than that obtained in the simulation, because according to the standard only 40 harmonics are counted.
Experimental results. (a) Lfilter, 25 kHz, 160 W. (b) Lfilter, 25 kHz, 800 W. (c) LCLfilter, 100 kHz, 160 W. (d) LCLfilter, 100 kHz, 800 W.
VII. CONCLUSIONS
This paper presents a detailed output filter design of any offgrid or gridconnected inverter by means of comparative analyses of different design approaches. Several traditional approaches were discussed. Current ripple along with the current transfer function approaches are used for the
L
and
LCL
filter design.
Among classical approaches, the voltage distortion approach based on the voltage transfer function was proposed for offgrid as well as for gridconnected inverters. Finally, the bulky analytical expressions derived allow the lowest output filter size for the
L
and
LCL
filter to be obtained. The simulation and experimental results confirmed that conventional methods define the redundant value of the output filter elements. Such difference is connected with our assumptions done during the analysis. In the case of the current transfer function approach, the grid is considered like a short circuit and as a result, full inverter side high switching voltage is applied to the output filter. In fact, this is not the case here. At the same time, by the voltage distortion approach we can reach worse but closer to the predefined output current quality. Bulky equations for the voltage distortion approach could be easily implemented as custom software for practical engineers.
It should be mentioned that the smallest size of the output
LCL
filter has an opposite side like higher resonance frequency that reduces the possible switching frequency range. Both the stability issue during the tuning process of the closedloop control system and the type of the control system that strongly depends on the operating mode of the converter should be taken into account. Also, the internal grid inductance must be negligibly low. In the opposite side, the grid voltage waveform cannot be considered as ideal sinusoidal voltage that was assumed in the proposed approach.
Acknowledgements
This research work was supported by MOBILITAS Postdoctoral Research Grant (MJD391) from Estonian Research Council, by Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (projects SF0140016s11 and B23) and partially supported by Spanish institutions “Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad” and “Junta de Extremadura” and the funding of “Fondos FEDER”. Latvian partner research work has been supported by Latvian Council of Science (Grant 673/2014).
BIO
Oleksandr Husev received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in industrial electronics from Chernihiv State Technological University, Chernihiv, Ukraine, in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He defended PhD thesis in the Institute of Electrodynamics of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine in 2012. He is senior researcher of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology and associate professor of the Department of Biomedical Radioelectronics Apparatus and Systems, Chernihiv National University of Technology. He has over 50 publications and is the holder of several patents. His research interests are in Power Electronics systems. Design of novel topologies, control systems based on a wide range of algorithms, including modeling, design, and simulation. Applied design of power converters and control systems and application, stability investigation.
Andrii Chub received the B.Sc. degree in Electronics and M.Sc. degree in Electronic Systems from Chernihiv State Technological University, Chernihiv, Ukraine, in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the Power Electronics Research Group, Tallinn University of Technology. He is employed as a Junior Researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology. He has authored more than 10 papers on power electronics and applications. His research interests include dcdc converters, dcac inverters, impedance source electric energy conversion technology, implementation of the new wide bandgap semiconductors in power converters, and control of the renewable energy conversion systems.
Enrique RomeroCadaval received the M.Sc. degree in industrial electronic engineering from the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieria (ICAI), Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid, Spain, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree from the Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain, in 2004. In 1995, he joined the University of Extremadura. He is a professor of power electronics and a researcher with the Power Electrical and Electronic Systems (PE&ES) R&D Group in the School of Industrial Engineering, Badajoz, Spain. His research interests include power electronics applied to power systems, power quality, active power filters, electric vehicles, smart grids, and control and integration into the grid of distributed/renewable energy resources.
Carlos RonceroClemente received the B.Sc. in electrical engineering with honors and the M.Sc. degree in industrial management engineering with honors from University of Extremadura, Spain, in 2006 and 2008 respectively. He received the M.Sc. degree in engineering and architecture research from the same university in 2011, where he is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree with the Power Electrical and Electronic Systems (PE&ES) Research Group (http://peandes.unex.es). In 2012 and 2013 he was a guest Ph.D student with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tallinn. In 2014 he was a guest Ph.D student with the Department of Energy Technology of Aalborg University. His Ph.D. thesis is devoted to the research and development of controls for inverters. His research interests are power electronic interfaces, modulation techniques, modelling and simulations, renewable energy sources and smart grids. He has over 30 publications.
Dmitri Vinnikov received the Dipl. Eng., M.Sc., and Dr.Sc.techn. degrees in electrical engineering from Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, in 1999, 2001, and 2005, respectively. He is currently a Head of the Power Electronics Research Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tallinn University of Technology and Scientific Consultant at the Institute of Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Riga Technical University. He has authored more than 150 published papers on power converter design and development and is the holder of several patents and utility models in this application field. His research interests include switchmode power converters, modeling and simulation of power systems, applied design of power converters and control systems, and application and development of energy storage systems.
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