A Generalized Multilevel Inverter Topology with Reduction of Total Standing Voltage


This paper presents a new multilevel inverter topology with reduced active switches and total standing voltage. The proposed topology can generate a high number of voltage levels in the symmetric configuration. This topology intuitively generates positive and negative cycles without an additional H-bridge unit, which considerably reduces the total standing voltage of the inverter. A cascaded structure is developed from the proposed topology to create higher voltage levels. To show the novelty of the proposed topology, a thorough comparison between the available and the proposed topologies in terms of the number of switches, standing voltages, and dc-sources is presented. Furthermore, the power loss analysis is carried out for various load values. The feasibility of the proposed nine-level inverter is verified with simulation and experimental results.


  1. Multilevel inverter
  2. Inverter
  3. Blocking voltage
  4. Cascaded structure
  5. Reduced power components



Figure 1. Proposed h-type topology generating 5L.


Figure 2. Simulation results of the proposed 9L inverter for R = 30 W, L = 40mH a) Output voltage waveform with FFT spectrum, b) Output Current with FFT spectrum and (c) blocking voltage on switches P2, S3, S1, S6, S4.

Figure 3. Experimental results of Output voltage and current waveform for proposed 9L inverter (a) at load 30 W-40mH, dynamic load changes (b) from 50 W-60 mH to 30 W-40 mH, (c) from 30 W-40 mH to no-load (d) from no-load to 50 􀀀 60 mH and modulation index variations (e) from 0.4 to 0.6 and (f) from 0.6 to 1.0.

Figure 4. PCond;T , PCond;D , PSw;T , and PSw;D (a) at 0:5kW (b) at 1:0kW, (c) at 1:5kW\ (d) at 2:5kW (e) at 5:5kW and (f) Power Efficiency and Loss


The proposed topology used lower number of power electronics components and reduced dc-sources. Further, the maximum voltage stress on the switch is reduced to 4Vdc for any number of voltage levels in symmetric configuration which is more suitable for medium voltage applications. The simulated and experimental results are presented for various load values. The sudden load changes and modulation index variations are applied to the proposed topology and it corresponding results are given. Further, the power loss and efficiency of propose topology presented for various load power. It is confirming that the proposed topology is more suitable various load changing applications like AC drives, grid connected PV system etc.


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