Capacitor Voltage Balancing in Full Binary Combination Schema Flying Capacitor Multilevel Inverters

Keith Corzine, Missouri University of Science and Technology
X. Kou

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Recently, the full binary combination schema (FBCS) method has been introduced to control the flying capacitor multilevel inverter. This method has the primary advantage that the number of voltage levels can be increased for a given number of semiconductor devices when compared to the conventional control methods. However, due to the difficulty of balancing the capacitors, the new schema requires fixed floating sources to provide the DC voltages. This paper reveals an approach of balancing the capacitors, thus expanding the application fields of FBCS inverters to the family of the flying capacitor multilevel inverters under the condition of choosing a suitable modulation index. Simulation results demonstrate the proposed voltage balancing control.