Active DC-link balancing and voltage regulation using a three-level converter for split-link four-wire system

Ujjal Manandhar, Xinan Zhang, Hoay Beng Gooi, Benfei Wang, Feng Fan

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Abstract

The integration of the distributed generation to the unbalanced loads or the grid requires a three-phase four-wire inverter. The three-phase four-wire inverter could be of three-leg or four-leg topology. However, both the topologies have their drawbacks. The three-leg inverter topology with a split capacitor suffers from poor DC link voltage regulation and poor DC link voltage utilisation. The four-leg inverter topology suffers from poor electromagnetic compatibility. To solve these problems, the split link inverters with active balancing capabilities are studied by many researchers. The split link inverter with an active balancing inverter requires a constant DC link voltage and has less flexibility regarding the variation of the DC link voltage. In this study, a new converter topology is proposed, which provides the controllable DC link voltage to split link inverter with active balancing capability and also reduces the voltage stress to semiconductor switches to half DC link voltage. The detailed description of the proposed converter topology, design of the controller, and control hardware-in-the-loop verification are presented in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2442-2449
Number of pages8
JournalIET Power Electronics
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2020

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