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Direct dead-time control - a novel dc-link neutral-point balancing method for the three-level neutral-point-clamped voltage source inverter

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3 Author(s)
Sprenger, M. ; Power Electron., Tech. Univ. Dresden, Dresden, Germany ; Alvarez, R. ; Bernet, S.

The neutral-point balancing of 3L-NPC converter has been studied in many works in the past [1], [2], [3], [4]. Nevertheless, the literature shows a theoretical focus neglecting issues like the requirements of the energy flow information for the implementation of the majority of the proposed methods. This paper presents a new dc-link neutral-point balancing method that directly controls the converter dead-times to balance the dc-link. An analytic model is derived to describe the neutral-point voltage dependent on the dead-times. Simulation results are given to verify the model and the new balancing scheme.

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Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2012 IEEE

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15-20 Sept. 2012