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Simple Unified Approach to Develop a Time-Domain Modulation Strategy for Single-Phase Multilevel Converters

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6 Author(s)
Jose I. Leon ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Seville Univ., Sevilla ; Ramon Portillo ; Sergio Vazquez ; Jose J. Padilla
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Single-phase power converters are widely used in power applications as photovoltaics and fuel-cell power conditioners. In addition, multilevel converters are a well-known solution in order to achieve high-quality output waveforms in power systems. In this paper, a time-domain duty-cycle computation technique for single-phase multilevel converters named 1DM is presented. The proposed technique is based on geometrical calculations with outstanding simplicity and generality. The proposed modulation technique can be easily applied to any multilevel converter topology carrying out the necessary calculations. The most common multilevel converter topologies have been studied in this paper as examples to introduce the proposed modulation strategy. Any other multilevel converter topology could be studied, and the corresponding 1DM could be easily developed. In addition, the well-known optimized voltage balance strategy for voltage capacitor control using the redundant switching states of the system is applied working with the proposed 1DM method, showing that both techniques are compatible. Experimental and simulation results for several single-phase multilevel converters are shown to validate the proposed modulation technique.

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IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 9 )