A New Control Method for Single-DC-Source Cascaded H-bridge Multilevel Converters using Phase-Shift Modulation
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Multilevel converters have gained popularity in high-power applications due to their low switch voltage stress and modularity. Cascaded H-bridge converters are a promising breed of multilevel converters, which generally require several independent dc sources. Using phase-shift modulation, a new control method for cascaded H-bridge multilevel converters with only one independent dc source per phase is presented in this paper. Unlike the conventional approaches, the proposed method has a wide voltage regulation range over the capacitors replacing the dc sources in the H-bridge converter cells.