In this paper, novel two-quadrant buck/boost and one-quadrant boost four-level DC/DC power converters are introduced. The primary application for these converters is that of interfacing a low-voltage DC source, such as a fuel cell or battery, to a high-voltage four-level inverter. One important feature of the four-level DC/DC power converters proposed is the ability to perform the power conversion and balance the inverter capacitor voltages simultaneously. With the capacitor voltage balancing, it is possible to obtain the full voltage from the inverter. For the boost converter, the steady-state and nonlinear average-value (NLAM) models are developed. The NLAM is verified against a detailed simulation of a four-level converter/inverter drive system. The proposed converter is experimentally verified using an 18 kW converter/inverter system

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39th IAS Annual Meeting of the IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2004


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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18 KW; DC-DC Power Convertors; Capacitor Voltages Balancing; Four-Level DC/DC Boost Power Converter; Low-Voltage DC Source; Nonlinear Average-Value Modelling; One-Quadrant Boost Power Convertor; Power Capacitors; Power Conversion; Steady-State Modelling; Switching Circuits; Two-Quadrant Buck/Boost Convertor

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Article - Journal

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Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Jan 2000