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Recent Advances and Industrial Applications of Multilevel Converters

Kouro, Samir and Malinowski, Mariusz and Gopakumar, K and Pou, Josep and Franquelo, Leopoldo G and Wu, Bin and Rodriguez, Jose and Perez, Marcelo A and Leon, Jose I (2010) Recent Advances and Industrial Applications of Multilevel Converters. In: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 57 (8). pp. 2553-2580.

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Multilevel converters have been under research and development for more than three decades and have found successful industrial application. However, this is still a technology under development, and many new contributions and new commercial topologies have been reported in the last few years. The aim of this paper is to group and review these recent contributions, in order to establish the current state of the art and trends of the technology, to provide readers with a comprehensive and insightful review of where multilevel converter technology stands and is heading. This paper first presents a brief overview of well-established multilevel converters strongly oriented to their current state in industrial applications to then center the discussion on the new converters that have made their way into the industry. In addition, new promising topologies are discussed. Recent advances made in modulation and control of multilevel converters are also addressed. A great part of this paper is devoted to show nontraditional applications powered by multilevel converters and how multilevel converters are becoming an enabling technology in many industrial sectors. Finally, some future trends and challenges in the further development of this technology are discussed to motivate future contributions that address open problems and explore new possibilities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: Copyright 2010 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Keywords: Active filters (AFs); control; Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS); high-power applications; high-voltage Direct-current (HVDC) transmission; marine propulsion; modulation; multilevel converters; photovoltaic systems; train traction; wind energy conversion.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2010 07:08
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2010 07:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/33139

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