aThree-Phase Transformerless Shunt Active Power Filter with Reduced Switch Count for Harmonic Compensation in Grid-Connected Applications


Shunt active power filter is the preeminent solution against nonlinear loads, current harmonics and power quality problems. APF topologies for harmonic compensation use numerous high-power rating components and are therefore disadvantageous. Hybrid topologies combining low-power rating APF with passive filters are used to reduce the power rating of voltage source inverter. Hybrid APF topologies for high-power rating systems use a transformer with large numbers of passive components. In this paper, a novel four-switch two-leg VSI topology for a three-phase SAPF is proposed for reducing the system cost and size. The proposed topology comprises a two-arm bridge structure, four switches, coupling inductors, and sets of LC PFs. The third leg of the three-phase VSI is removed by eliminating the set of power switching devices, thereby directly connecting the phase with the negative terminals of the dc-link capacitor. The proposed topology enhances the harmonic compensation capability and provides complete reactive power compensation compared with conventional APF topologies. The new experimental prototype is tested in the laboratory to verify the results in terms of total harmonic distortion, balanced supply current, and harmonic compensation, following the IEEE-519 standard.


  1. Harmonics
  2. hybrid topology
  3. nonlinear load
  4. power quality (PQ)
  5. Transformerless inverter
  6. Grid-connected system



Fig. 1. Proposed transformerless APF system


 Fig. 2. Steady state operation of the proposed SAPF a) Utility voltage (THDv=4%) b) Utility current (THDi=4.1%) c) Load current (THDi=30.1%) d) Compensating filter current.

Fig. 3. a) DC voltage (50V/div). b) Filter current (100A/div) at filter switched ON (t=0.15).

Fig. 4. Starting performance of the proposed SAPF. a) Utility voltage (THDv=4%) b) Utility current (THDi=4.1%) c) Load current (THDi=30.1%) d) Compensating current at switched ON.

Fig. 5. a) On-state and Off-state APF operations. b) Zoom image of utility line current (𝒊𝑺𝒂𝒃𝒄) at 5th and 7th order harmonics.

Fig. 6. Dynamic performance with the R-L load step-change waveforms of the proposed SAPF.


In this paper, a novel three-phase reduced switch count and transformer-less APF circuit, operating with the function of active filtering and enhanced reactive power compensation. The main point of the proposed APF circuit topology, which uses a two-leg bridge structure and only four IGBT power devices in the three-phase power converter. Compared with the other existing topologies, the elimination of the transformer and minimum active and passive component contributes to a significant reduction in the manufacturing cost, volumetric size and weight. The proposed APF system is more robust, efficient and stable to improve the feasibility and harmonic propagation of the power distribution system. A detail analysis of the both the active filter inverter and passive filter, including the reactive power capability and filtering characteristics has been presented. The series LC tuned PF at the 5th and 7th order harmonic frequencies improves the harmonic mitigation performance. However, the series ac coupling inductors can overcome the fixed reactive power compensation caused by the defined value of the LC filter. The control algorithm can ensure the regulated sinusoidal voltage, phase amplitude, and low THD in the power distribution system, along with dc-link voltage control. The experimental and simulation results have verified the feasibility of the proposed APF topology and its excellent performance in terms of both transient and steady states responses to compensate selectively either the reactive power compensation, as well as in damping out the current harmonic distortion. Furthermore, the proposed APF system based on transformerless and power switching device reduced count configuration could be used in extensive applications, such as the grid-connected power converters, grid interfaced distributed energy sources, and so on.


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