Soft-Switching High-Frequency AC-Link Universal Power Converters with Galvanic Isolation



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In this dissertation the ac-link universal power converters, which are a new class of power converters, are introduced and studied in detail. The inputs and outputs of these converters may be dc, ac, single phase, or multi-phase. Therefore, they can be used in a variety of applications, including photovoltaic power generation, wind power generation, and electric vehicles. In these converters the link current and voltage are both alternating and their frequency can be high, which leads to the elimination of the dc electrolytic capacitors and the bulky low-frequency transformers. Therefore, the ac-link universal power converters are expected to have higher reliability and smaller size. Moreover, these converters are soft switching, which results in negligible switching losses and minimized current and voltage stress over devices.

In the first part of the dissertation, the parallel ac-link universal power converter is studied in detail. This converter is an extension of the buck-boost converter. The series ac-link universal power converter, which is dual of the parallel ac-link universal power converter, is proposed in the second part of this dissertation. This converter is an extension of the Cuk converter. A modified configuration with fewer switches, named sparse ac-link universal power converter is proposed in the third part of this dissertation. The sparse ac-link universal power converters can appear as parallel or series.

The performance of all these configurations is evaluated through simulations and experiments.