On the maximum efficiency of systems containing multiple sources

Yoash Levron, Doron Shmilovitz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This paper deals with the efficiency of systems consisting of multiple power sources. The operating point ensuring maximum efficiency is defined and solved analytically. Moreover, it is shown that, in the case of linear sources, the maximum efficiency is determined solely by the load power and the network's maximum power, independently of the sources' internal construction and their connectivity. The generic circuit theory treatment that is proposed applies to distributed power generation (smart grid, photovoltaic, fuel cells, etc.) and to distributed load systems (LED arrays, microprocessors).

Original languageEnglish
Article number5422724
Pages (from-to)2232-2241
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2010


  • DC bus
  • distributed power system
  • power conservative circuit


Dive into the research topics of 'On the maximum efficiency of systems containing multiple sources'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this