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The Series Bridge Converter (SBC): design of a compact modular multilevel converter for grid applications

Amankwah, Emmanuel K.; Costabeber, Alessando; Watson, Alan James; Trainer, David; Jasim, Omar; Chivite-Zabalza, Javier; Clare, Jon C.

Authors

Emmanuel K. Amankwah ezzea@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk

Alessando Costabeber alessandro.costabeber@nottingham.ac.uk

Alan James Watson alan.watson@nottingham.ac.uk

David Trainer

Omar Jasim

Javier Chivite-Zabalza

Jon C. Clare jon.clare@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper presents a novel hybrid modular multilevel voltage source converter suitable for grid applications. The proposed converter retains the advantages of other modular multilevel topologies and can be made more compact making it attractive for offshore stations and other footprint critical applications like city infeeds. In this paper, the basic operating principle and design criteria for the converter implementation are presented. The submodule capacitor requirements which have significant influence on the size of a converter station are also evaluated and compared to the MMC.
The performance of the converter is supported by simulation results from a representative medium voltage scaled demonstrator.

Publication Date Oct 24, 2016
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APA6 Citation Amankwah, E. K., Costabeber, A., Watson, A. J., Trainer, D., Jasim, O., Chivite-Zabalza, J., & Clare, J. C. (2016). The Series Bridge Converter (SBC): design of a compact modular multilevel converter for grid applications
Keywords MMC, Converter design, capacitor sizing, Offshore, Compact HVDC VSC systems
Publisher URL http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7793197/
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doi: 10.1109/IECON.2016.7793197

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