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This paper presents an active harmonic elimination method to eliminate any number of specific higher order harmonics of multilevel converters with equal or unequal dc voltages. First, resultant theory is applied to transcendental equations characterizing the harmonic content to eliminate low order harmonics and to determine switching angles for the fundamental frequency switching scheme and a unipolar switching scheme. Next, the residual higher order harmonics are computed and subtracted from the original voltage waveform to eliminate them. The simulation results show that the method can effectively eliminate the specific harmonics, and a low total harmonic distortion (THD) near sine wave is produced. An experimental 11-level H-bridge multilevel converter with a field programmable gate array controller is employed to implement the method. The experimental results show that the method does effectively eliminate any number of specific harmonics, and the output voltage waveform has low THD.