Efficient Wide Range Converters (EWiRaC): A new family of high efficient AC-DC Converters

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The performance in terms of efficiency of the existing power supplies used for PFC is very dependent on the input voltage range. The boost converter is the most commonly used PFC converter because of its simplicity and high efficiency. But, the boost converter as well as other known converters suffers a major penalty in efficiency when used at the low end of the voltage range (90VAC) in a universal voltage range application (90-270VAC). This paper addresses this problem by suggesting a new family of converters that effectively reduces the apparent voltage range with a factor of 2 by changing the converter topology according to the input voltage. This new converter type has been named: efficient wide range converter (EWiRaC). The performance of the EWiRaC is experimental verified in a universal input range (90-270VAC) application with an output voltage of 185VDC capable of 500W output power. The EWiRaC exhibits a 1-2 percentage points higher efficiency compared to a boost converter using the same power components. This translates into a reduction of the power losses of 15%-30%.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTwenty-First Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, 2006. APEC '06.
Number of pages7
Publication date2006
ISBN (Print)0-7803-9547-6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventIEEE APEC2006 Applied Power Electronics Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …


ConferenceIEEE APEC2006 Applied Power Electronics Conference
Period01/01/2006 → …

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