This paper reports a novel modular multilevel converter with interleaved sub-modules (ISM-MMC). The ISM-MMC exhibit a higher scalability in current rating then conventional MMC structures with parallel devices. It can employ low-cost, low-current power switches rather than their bulky and expensive counterparts normally designed in classical MMCs. Another remarkable feature is that the number of the output voltage levels is synthetically multiplied by the number of interleaved SMs. The ISM-MMC is capable of bringing the known advantages of MMC to low voltage - high power applications making it a good candidate for the sector of ultra-fast chargers for electrical vehicles where typical power rating in excess of 1 MW is required for the low voltage supply. A proper modulation scheme is implemented and explained in this paper. A comparison with a classical MMC topology is also provided in terms of number of voltage levels, output voltage harmonic content, and number of components by fixing the number of SMs. Simulation results are given to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed topology and the implemented modulation scheme. Despite this paper is dealing with a single-phase configuration, the extension to a three-phase scheme can be obtained in a straightforward manner.

Modular Multilevel Converters Based on Interleaved Half-Bridge Submodules

Viatkin A.
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Ricco M.;Mandrioli R.;Grandi G.
2021

Abstract

This paper reports a novel modular multilevel converter with interleaved sub-modules (ISM-MMC). The ISM-MMC exhibit a higher scalability in current rating then conventional MMC structures with parallel devices. It can employ low-cost, low-current power switches rather than their bulky and expensive counterparts normally designed in classical MMCs. Another remarkable feature is that the number of the output voltage levels is synthetically multiplied by the number of interleaved SMs. The ISM-MMC is capable of bringing the known advantages of MMC to low voltage - high power applications making it a good candidate for the sector of ultra-fast chargers for electrical vehicles where typical power rating in excess of 1 MW is required for the low voltage supply. A proper modulation scheme is implemented and explained in this paper. A comparison with a classical MMC topology is also provided in terms of number of voltage levels, output voltage harmonic content, and number of components by fixing the number of SMs. Simulation results are given to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed topology and the implemented modulation scheme. Despite this paper is dealing with a single-phase configuration, the extension to a three-phase scheme can be obtained in a straightforward manner.
Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology
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Viatkin A.; Ricco M.; Mandrioli R.; Kerekes T.; Teodorescu R.; Grandi G.
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