The aim of this study is to present a new structure for switched-capacitor multilevel inverters (SCMLIs) which can generate a great number of voltage levels with optimum number of components for both symmetric and asymmetric value of dc voltage sources. Proposed topology consists of a new switched-capacitor dc/dc converter (SCC) which has boost ability and can charge capacitors as self-balancing by using proposed binary asymmetrical algorithm and series-parallel conversion of power supply. Proposed SCC unit is used in new configuration as a sub-multilevel inverter (SMLI) and then, these proposed SMLIs are cascaded together and create a new cascaded multilevel inverter topology which is able to increase the number of output voltage levels remarkably without using any full H-bridge cell and also can pass the reverse current for inductive loads. In this case, two half bridges modules besides two additional switches are employed in each of SMLI units instead of using a full H-bridge cell which contribute to reduce the number of involved components in the current path, value of blocked voltage, the variety of isolated dc voltage sources and as a result the overall cost by less number of switches in comparison with other presented topologies. The validity of the proposed SCMLI has been carried out by several simulation and experimental results.
- Cascade sub-multilevel inverter
- Series-parallel conversion
- Self-charge balancing
Fig. 1. Proposed 17-level structure
EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS
Fig. 2. Steady states output voltage and current waveforms (a) in simulation Fig. 12. Transient states of output waveforms in simulation (b) in experiment ( 250V/div& 2A/div)
Fig. 3. Transient states of output waveforms in simulation
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Fig. 4. Harmonic orders (a) output voltage (b) output current in simulation
Fig. 5. Observed output voltage waveform at no-load condition (250V/div)
Fig. 6. Capacitors’ voltage ripple waveforms for first case study (a) in simulation (b) in experiment (25 V/dev&50V/div)
Fig. 7. Blocked voltage waveforms across switches of S1 (25V/div), S2 (100V/div), T1 (50V/div), T2 and T3 (100V/div) from left to right in the experiment
Fig. 8. Output voltage and current waveforms for (a) inductive load in experiment (250 V/div & 2 A/div) (b) sudden step load in simulation
Fig. 9. Observed capacitors’ current (a) in simulation (b) in experiment (2A/div)
Fig. 10. (a) laboratory prototype (b) Output 49-level voltage and current waveforms in the experiment (250V/div & 2A/div)
Fig. 11. Across voltage waveforms of capacitors in upper and lower stages of SCCs in proposed 49-level inverter (a) v C 1 lower stage (5V/div) (b) v C 2 lower stage (10V/div) (c) v C 1 upper stage(25V/div) (d) v C 2 upper stage(50V/div)
In this paper, at the first, a new reduced components SCC topology was presented which has boost capability remarkably and also can pass the reverse current for inductive loads through existing power switches. The voltage of all capacitors in this structure is balanced by binary asymmetrical algorithm. Next, a new sub-multilevel structure based on suggested SCC was proposed which can generate all of the voltage levels at the output (even and odd). In this case, the conventional output H-bridge cell used to convert the polarity of SCC units, has been removed, therefore number of required IGBTs and other involved components, are decreased. After that, an optimizing operation was presented which could obvious the number of required capacitors in each of SCC units that participate in the cascade sub-multilevel inverter (CSMLI) to generate maximum number of output voltage levels with less number of elements. Moreover comprehensive comparisons were given which prove the differences between improved symmetric and asymmetric CSMLIs in contrast to some of recently presented topologies in variety aspects. Finally, to confirm the performance and effectiveness of proposed CSMLI, several simulation and experimental results have been presented.
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