Independent switching technique to remove abnormal output voltage in hybrid active NPC inverters


Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 85-93, Jan. 2021
10.1007/s43236-020-00170-z




 Abstract

This paper proposes the independent switching technique to remove abnormal output voltage in hybrid active neutral-point clamped (ANPC) inverters. The hybrid ANPC inverter is composed by mixing silicon (Si) devices and silicon carbide (SiC) devices, unlike the conventional ANPC inverter which is generally composed of Si devices only. SiC devices provide low switching losses under a high switching frequency and a high withstand ability under high temperature compared with Si devices. Therefore, the hybrid ANPC inverter using SiC devices provides low power losses, high efficiency, and high reliability compared with the conventional ANPC inverters. In this hybrid ANPC inverter, abnormal output voltages are generated when the sinusoidal output current crosses the zero point. The abnormal output voltages are momentary pulses that must not be generated, and these pulses distort the output current and degrade the power quality. These pulses have two typical causes: one is from the switching operation time difference between switches, and the other is from deadtime. This paper proposes the independent switching technique to remove the abnormal voltages caused by the two reasons and verifies the proposed technique by simulation and experiment.


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[IEEE Style]

M. Song, S. Kim and K. Lee, "Independent switching technique to remove abnormal output voltage in hybrid active NPC inverters," Journal of Power Electronics, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 85-93, 2021. DOI: 10.1007/s43236-020-00170-z.

[ACM Style]

Min-Geun Song, Seok-Min Kim, and Kyo-Beum Lee. 2021. Independent switching technique to remove abnormal output voltage in hybrid active NPC inverters. Journal of Power Electronics, 21, 1, (2021), 85-93. DOI: 10.1007/s43236-020-00170-z.