This paper deals with a new family of single-phase ac-ac converters called single-phase quasi-Z-source ac-ac converters. The proposed converter inherits all the advantages of the traditional single-phase Z-source ac-ac converter, which can realize buck-boost, reversing, or maintaining the phase angle. In addition, the proposed converter has the unique features that the input voltage and output voltage share the same ground and the operation is in the continuous current mode. The operating principles of the proposed converter are described, and a circuit analysis is provided. In order to verify the performance of the proposed converter, a laboratory prototype was constructed with a voltage of 84 Vrms/60 Hz. The simulation and experimental results verified that the converter has a lower input current total harmonic distortion and higher input power factor in comparison with the conventional single-phase Z-source ac-ac converter.
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