Performance comparison of phase shifted PWM and sorting method for modular multilevel converters
Paper in proceeding, 2015

Modular Multilevel Converters (MMC) are the solution of preference in HVDC applications due to modularity, scalability, low losses and low filtering requirement. Carrier-based (PWM) and carrier-less (nearest level control) modulation can be applied. By using advanced sorting methods focusing on keeping the capacitor voltage ripple under some limit, unnecessary switching events are eliminated leading to reduced switching losses. This paper presents a comparison between the steady-state performances in terms of output voltage THD and equivalent switching frequency of the Phase Shifted Carrier PWM and NLC plus sorting methods.

Capacitor voltage ripple

Counting circuits

Phase shift

Modular multi-level converters

Phase shifters

Phase-shifted PWM

Steady state performance

Sorting method

Reduced switching

Power electronics

Performance comparison

Power converters

Output voltages


M. Rejas

Aalborg University

L. Mathe

Aalborg University

P. Dan Burlacu

Aalborg University

H. A. Pereira

Federal University of Viçosa

A. Sangwongwanich

Aalborg University

Massimo Bongiorno

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Electric Power Engineering

Remus Teodorescu

Aalborg University

17th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE-ECCE Europe 2015, Geneva, Switzerland, 8-10 September

978-907581522-1 (ISBN)

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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering





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