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Three-level inverter configuration cascading two two-level inverters

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2 Author(s)
Somasekhar, V.T. ; Center for Electron. Design & Technol., Indian Inst. of Sci., Bangalore, India ; Gopakumar, K.

A power circuit configuration to realise three-level inversion is proposed. Three-level inversion is realised by connecting two two-level inverters in cascade, in the proposed configuration. An isolated DC power supply is used to supply each inverter in this power circuit. Each DC-link voltage is equal to half of the DC-link voltage in a conventional NPC (neutral point clamped) three-level inverter topology. Neutral point fluctuations are absent, and fast recovery neutral clamping diodes are not needed. The proposed inverter scheme produces 64 space-vector combinations distributed over 19 space-vector locations as compared to 27 combinations in a conventional three-level topology. The present power circuit can be operated as a two-level inverter in the range of lower modulation, by clamping one inverter to a zero state and by switching the other inverter. When compared to the H-bridge topology, this circuit needs one power supply less. A space vector based PWM scheme is used for the experimental verification of the proposed topology.

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Electric Power Applications, IEE Proceedings -  (Volume:150 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

May 2003

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