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ABSTRACT

An ever increasing demand of fossil fuel, environmental pollution and uninterrupted power
generation has led to the fuel cell source getting greater attention, when compare to other
renewable power sources such as wind, photovoltaic system and battery power source. In
this research the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) is proposed due to its
low working temperature, high efficiency, and compactness and preferable in peak load
conditions when compared to other Fuel cell Sources. In general, fuel cell source is
difficult to interface with application directly so power converter is required for extracting
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) for effective high voltage and Electric
Vehicle drive application. Non-isolation converter and isolation converter is used in
classical approach for extracting Fuel cell Power sources for desired power supply
application.

A DC-DC buck converter, boost converter and buck-boost converter is used to interface
fuel cell in classical scheme. It draws high initial current and low speed of power
extraction when interfaced with Fuel cell source. So to overcome the demerits of high
current generation and low speed of power interaction with application, an interleaved
power converter is introduced for extracting high power with low initial current generation.
An interleaved topology is sub divided into three stage of present topology is that isolation
based interleaved boost (DC-DC) converter, Non-isolation based interleaved boost (DC- DC)
converter and Interleaved Cockroft Walton voltage multiplier for high voltage and high
power industrial power application. The proposed converter scheme is the interleaved
cokcroft Walton voltage multiplier used for extracting and high ratio of voltage over
classical isolated and non-isolated interleaved power converter schemes.

Key words: Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell, Interleaved Boost Converter, Voltage
multiplier, High Voltage ratio, Electric Vehicle Drive