A New Approach to High Efficincy in Isolated Boost Converters for High-Power Low-Voltage Fuel Cell Apllications

Morten Nymand, Michael A. E. Andersen

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Abstract

A new low-leakage-inductance low-resistance design approach to low-voltage high-power isolated boost converters is presented. Very low levels of parasitic circuit inductances are achieved by optimizing transformer design and circuit lay-out. Primary side voltage clamp circuits can be eliminated by the use of power MOSFETs fully rated for repetitive avalanche. Voltage rating of primary switches can now be reduced, significantly reducing switch on-state losses. Finally, silicon carbide rectifying diodes allow fast diode turn-off, further reducing losses. Test results from a 1.5 kW full-bridge boost converter verify theoretical analysis and demonstrate very high efficiency. Worst case efficiency, at minimum input voltage maximum power, is 96.8 percent and maximum efficiency reaches 98 percent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2008
Pages577
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-1742-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event13th Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference - Poznań, Poland
Duration: 1 Sep 20083 Sep 2008
Conference number: 13
http://www.epe-pemc2008.put.poznan.pl/home_news.php

Conference

Conference13th Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference
Number13
CountryPoland
CityPoznań
Period01/09/200803/09/2008
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Keywords

  • Switched-mode power supply
  • Fuel cell system
  • Efficiency
  • Transformer
  • SiC-device

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