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Multilevel inverter applications have become more and more common. Multilevel topologies have now to serve new purposes, and interest is rising in new application fields. Recent multilevel technologies have the potential to significantly reduce the size of passive filters, thus increasing efficiency and power density. With the more stringent regulations concerning harmonic emissions and reliability concerns, more levels are needed to allow filterless operation while keeping a moderate switching frequency and simple structure. In this context, the new topological family of high-density advanced multilevel inverters, called cross-connected intermediate-level voltage source inverter, is introduced in this paper.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2010