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A generalized switched-capacitor step-up multi-level inverter employing single DC source

Wang, Yaoqiang, Wang, Kaige, Li, Gen, Wu, Fengjiang, Wang, Kewen and Liang, Jun 2022. A generalized switched-capacitor step-up multi-level inverter employing single DC source. Journal of Power and Energy Systems 8 (2) , pp. 439-451. 10.17775/CSEEJPES.2020.06280

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Abstract

In this paper, a new generalized step-up multilevel DC-AC converter is proposed, which is suitable for applications with low-voltage input sources such as photovoltaic power generation and electric vehicles. This inverter can achieve a high voltage gain by controlling the series-parallel conversion of DC power supply and capacitors. Only one DC voltage source and a few power devices are employed. The maximum output voltage and the number of output levels can be further increased through the switched-capacitor unit's extension and the submodule cascaded extension. Moreover, the capacitor voltages are self-balanced without complicated voltage control circuits. The complementary operating mechanism between each pair of switches simplifies the modulation algorithm. The inductive-load ability is fully taken into account in the proposed inverter. Additionally, a remarkable characteristic of the inverter is that the charging and discharging states among different capacitors are synchronous, which reduces the voltage ripple of the frontend capacitors. The circuit structure, the working principle, the modulation strategy, the capacitors and losses analysis are presented in detail. Afterwards, the advantages of the proposed inverter are analyzed by comparing with other recently proposed inverters. Finally, the steady-state and dynamic performance of the proposed inverter is verified and validated by simulation and experiment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: IEEE
ISSN: 2332-7707
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 24 July 2021
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 03:31
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/143156

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