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New snubber circuit with passive energy recovery for power inverters

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5 Author(s)
X. He ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Zhejiang Univ., Hangzhou, China ; B. W. Williams ; S. J. Finney ; Z. Qian
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The paper proposes a new passive circuit for partial snubber-energy recovery in GTO thyristor high-power voltage-source inverters. The analysis and simulations show that the proposed bridge-leg snubber circuit can recover greater than sixty five per cent of the total snubber energy, as well as the freewheel diode reverse recovery energy. This energy is recovered back to the DC supply through a closely coupled transformer, without any active or associated control circuitry. This circuit, being simple, is particularly for use in GTO thyristor high-power. Design equations, simulations and experimental results are given

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IEE Proceedings - Electric Power Applications  (Volume:143 ,  Issue: 5 )