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A transformerless hybrid active filter using a three-level PWM converter for a medium-voltage motor drive

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2 Author(s)
Akagi, H. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Tokyo Inst. of Technol., Tokyo, Japan ; Kondo, R.

This paper presents a transformerless hybrid active filter integrated into a medium-voltage motor drive for energy savings. This hybrid filter is intended for harmonic-current mitigation of the three-phase diode rectifier used as the front end of the motor drive. It consists of a passive filter tuned to the seventh-harmonic frequency and an active filter using a three-level PWM converter. This paper makes a theoretical discussion on voltage-balancing control of two split DC capacitors of the active filter. An experimental system rated at 400 V and 15 kW is designed and constructed, which is scaled down from a 6.6-kV motor drive without regenerative braking. Experimental results verify that the hybrid filter has the capability of satisfactory harmonic filtering and stable voltage balancing in all the operating conditions.

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Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, 2009. ECCE 2009. IEEE

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20-24 Sept. 2009