Modulation and capacitor voltage balancing control of multilevel NPC dual active bridge DC-DC Converters
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The present paper provides a solution to operate multilevel dual active bridge (ML-DAB) converters built upon neutral point clamped switching legs in a full-bridge disposition and with any number of levels on either side of the converter. The main issue of such converters is addressing the inherent unbalance of the dc-link capacitor voltages, which hinders the proper operation and optimum utilization of the converter. The proposed solution comprises a generalized to N levels modulation and control scheme that allows operating these converters, while guaranteeing the proper balance of the dc-link capacitor voltages. The suitability of the proposed solution is verified through simulation and experimental tests performed in five different converter configurations, three of them with an asymmetric number of voltage levels, proving that capacitor voltage balance is achievable in a wide range of operation conditions. Moreover, the efficiency of the ML-DAB converters is demonstrated to be superior to the conventional two-level DAB case.
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CitationÀlber Filbà Martínez; Busquets-Monge, S.; Bordonau, J. Modulation and capacitor voltage balancing control of multilevel NPC dual active bridge DC-DC Converters. "IEEE transactions on industrial electronics", 1 Abril 2020, vol. 67, núm. 4, p. 2499-2510.
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