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Three-Phase Ac Buck Rectifier using Normally-On SiC JFETs at 150 kHz Switching Frequency

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4 Author(s)
Callaway J. Cass ; Center for Power Electronics Systems, Virginia Tech, 655 Whittemore Hall (0179), Blacksburg, VA 24060 ; Rolando Burgos ; Fred Wang ; Dushan Boroyevich

For many applications of high-performance three- phase AC converters, silicon carbide (SiC) switching devices promise breakthroughs in performance and power density. The SiC JFET technology is maturing, and will likely be the first SiC power switch available for applications requiring blocking voltages on the order of 1 kV. In this paper, a 2 kW three-phase buck rectifier with 150 kHz switching frequency is presented. The SiC buck rectifier uses prototype 1200 V SiC JFETs, as well as SiC Schottky barrier diodes (SBDs). The fast switching and low loss of the SiC JFET enables the achievement of a high switching frequency that is difficult to achieve with traditional silicon devices.

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2007 IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference

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17-21 June 2007