SOLID STATE TRANSFORMERS
A resonant DC/DC converter with high efficiency and power
In the solid state transformers with medium voltage SiC-Devices, it is possible to achieve very high efficiency, although designing a sufficiently high switching frequency in order reduce filter elements, volume and mass of the transformer.
In the solid state transformers, the efficiency is an essential criterion. Additionally, it is recommended to have a sufficiently high switching frequency in order to reduce filter elements, noise pollution, volume and mass of the transformer. Therefore, the concept of soft switching is indispensable for reasonably meet these constraints. Essentially, it is not possible to extrapolate the switching energy curves for zero current switching (ZCS) or zero voltage switching (ZVS) using the device’s datasheet.
Therefore, an experimental test bench, rated for full power, is fundamental to achieve results far beyond those that theoretical calculations and simulations could provide. Finally, aiming to obtain further efficiency improvement, this article presents an experimental comparison regarding two different current ratings of 3.3 kV SiC-MOSFETs focusing on the influence caused by the output capacitance of the devices. In the whitepaper you will learn more about:
- Resonant single active brigde converter and its benefits,
- zero voltage and zero current switching events,
- the device's output capacitance influence,
- characterization of R-SAB high power prototype, and
- using different devices for achiving the highest efficiency.
First publication of the paper at PCIM Europe Digital Days 2021.
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