In this article, a new pulsewidth modulation technique is proposed for the output voltage control and the dc-bus capacitors voltage balancing of a multipoint-clamped multilevel converter. The voltage equalization is achieved by allowing each converter's leg voltage to switch through multiple levels in a single modulation period (multistep operation). The approach is generalized with respect to the number of levels and phases and can be applied regardless of the converter operating conditions. Nevertheless, the multistep behavior generally leads to an increase of the average switching transitions rate. In the proposed method, this drawback is mitigated with an online adaptive selection of the number of switching levels. The algorithm is validated through an extensive hardware-in-The-loop testing and compared to other approaches.

An adaptive multistep balancing modulation technique for multipoint-clamped converters

Brando G.;Meo S.
2020

Abstract

In this article, a new pulsewidth modulation technique is proposed for the output voltage control and the dc-bus capacitors voltage balancing of a multipoint-clamped multilevel converter. The voltage equalization is achieved by allowing each converter's leg voltage to switch through multiple levels in a single modulation period (multistep operation). The approach is generalized with respect to the number of levels and phases and can be applied regardless of the converter operating conditions. Nevertheless, the multistep behavior generally leads to an increase of the average switching transitions rate. In the proposed method, this drawback is mitigated with an online adaptive selection of the number of switching levels. The algorithm is validated through an extensive hardware-in-The-loop testing and compared to other approaches.
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