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A compact, high voltage 25 kW, 50 kHz DC-DC converter based on SiC JFETs

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3 Author(s)
D. Aggeler ; Power Electronic Systems Laboratory (PES), ETH Zurich, Switzerland ; J. Biela ; J. W. Kolar

In the area of power electronics there is a general trend to higher power densities and efficiency. In order to continue this trend new devices, which enable high switching frequencies at higher power levels or show reduced losses at moderate switching frequencies are required. High voltage switches based on a series connection of SiC JFETs and one MOSFET in cascode connection meet these demands. For investigating the performance of the SiC based switch and its influence on the power density/efficiency a dual active bridge, which could transfer 25 kW bidirectionally between a 5 kV and a 700 V dc bus at a switching frequency of 50 kHz, is presented in this paper. There, especially the design of the high voltage/high frequency transformer and the switching as well as the static behaviour of the SiC switch is investigated in detail by simulations and experimental results in this paper.

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Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, 2008. APEC 2008. Twenty-Third Annual IEEE

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24-28 Feb. 2008