LV Converters: Improving Efficiency and EMI Using Si MOSFET MMC and Experimentally Exploring Slowed Switching

Nina M. Roscoe, Derrick Holliday, Neville McNeill, Stephen J. Finney

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Widespread adoption of electric vehicles will require ac power distribution systems to accommodate high penetrations of power electronic loads, placing increasing demands on the power quality of grid-connected converters. Recent developments in devices and circuit topologies have the potential to improve the intrinsic power quality of these grid interface inverters, reducing the need for passive filters and associated reactive power consumption. Wide bandgap devices, such as SiC, have recently gained much attention due to their low switching losses facilitating raised pulsewidth modulation frequencies. However, the high cost of SiC together with electromagnetic interference (EMI) resulting from very rapid switching transitions necessary to realize low switching losses cause concern. Previous research in Si MOSFET modular multilevel converters (MMC) suggests a high-efficiency alternative with potential for lower EMI. Si MOSFET MMC benefits are enhanced with parallel-connected devices and slowed switching, made possible by low effective switching frequency. This paper uses experimental results to explore the impact of parallel connection and slowed switching on Si MOSFET MMC losses, and presents improved Si MOSFET switching loss models to resolve inaccuracies observed with conventional Si MOSFET models. EMI is then compared between SiC and Si MMC using carefully controlled relative measurements of radiated EMI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2159 - 2172
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
Issue number4
Early online date2 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018


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