Medium-Voltage Multilevel Converters—State of the Art, Challenges, and Requirements in Industrial Applications Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • This paper gives an overview of medium-voltage (MV) multilevel converters with a focus on achieving minimum harmonic distortion and high efficiency at low switching frequency operation. Increasing the power rating by minimizing switching frequency while still maintaining reasonable power quality is an important requirement and a persistent challenge for the industry. Existing solutions are discussed and analyzed based on their topologies, limitations, and control techniques. As a preferred option for future research and application, an inverter configuration based on three-level building blocks to generate five-level voltage waveforms is suggested. This paper shows that such an inverter may be operated at a very low switching frequency to achieve minimum on-state and dynamic device losses for highly efficient MV drive applications while maintaining low harmonic distortion. © 2006 IEEE.

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Abu-Rub, H., Holtz, J., Rodriguez, J., & Baoming, G. e.

citation count

  • 832

publication date

  • August 2010