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A novel active clamping zero-voltage switching three-phase boost pulsewidth modulation (PWM) rectifier is analyzed and a modified minimum-loss space vector modulation (SVM) strategy suitable for the novel zero-voltage switching (ZVS) rectifier is proposed in this paper. The topology of the novel ZVS rectifier only adds one auxiliary active switch, one resonant inductor, and one clamping capacitor to the traditional hard-switched three-phase boost PWM rectifier. With the proposed SVM strategy, the novel ZVS rectifier can achieve ZVS for all the main and auxiliary switches. In addition, the antiparallel diodes can be turned OFF softly, so the reverse recovery current is eliminated. Besides, the voltage stress of all the switches is equal to the dc-link voltage. The operation principle and soft-switching condition of the novel ZVS rectifier are analyzed. The design guidelines of the soft switched circuit parameters are described in detail. A DSP controlled 30 kW prototype is implemented to verify the theory.