A cost-effective solution to power the gate drivers of multilevel inverters using the bootstrap power supply technique

Klumpner, Christian and Shattock, Nicholas (2009) A cost-effective solution to power the gate drivers of multilevel inverters using the bootstrap power supply technique. In: 2009 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC 2009), 15-19 Feb 2009, Washington, DC, USA.

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Multilevel inverters are traditionally seen as a step forward in DC/AC conversion, providing more output voltage levels, better quality of the generated waveform and lower switching losses than the two-level and can process higher voltages with a given forced commutated switch technology. There are also drawbacks associated with this technology: more switching devices and associated gate driver circuitry, more complex modulation and control of the DC-link capacitor voltage sharing etc, which as of now limit its application to the high voltage/power range. This paper proposes a cost-effective solution to implement the power supply needed for powering the gate drivers based on the bootstrap supply technology, which will not need isolated DC/DC supplies for each gate driver, reducing the overall cost of a multilevel assembly and making it more appealing for lower power applications.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/705337
Additional Information: Published in: APEC 2009 : Twenty-Fourth Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition : February 15-19, 2009, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC. Piscataway, N.J. : IEEE, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-422-2812-0 pp. 1773-1779, doi:10.1109/APEC.2009.4802910 © 2009 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Keywords: Driver Circuits, Invertors, Power Capacitors
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/APEC.2009.4802910
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Depositing User: Klumpner, Dr Christian
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 13:14
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 16:28
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34828

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