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  • 1.
    Bakas, Panagiotis
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems. ABB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden.
    Ilves, K.
    ABB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems. ABB Corporate Research, Västerås, Sweden.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Hybrid Converter With Alternate Common Arm and Director Thyristors for High-Power Capability2018In: 2018 20th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE’18 ECCE Europe), 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the basic operating principles of a new hybrid converter that combines thyristors and full-bridge (FB) arms for achieving high active-power capability. This converter consists of a modular multilevel converter (MMC) equipped with additional common arms, which alternate between the upper and lower dc poles. This alternation is achieved by the thyristors that are utilized as director switches and allow the parallel connection of the common arms and the arms of the MMC. The main contributions of this paper are the analysis of the operating principles, the simulation verification of the functionality of the proposed converter, and the comparison of the latter with the full-bridge modular multilevel converter (FB-MMC).

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  • 2.
    Bakas, Panagiotis
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Ilves, Kalle
    ABB Corporate Research.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Hybrid alternate-common-arm converter with director thyristors: Impact of commutation time on the active-power capability2019In: Proc. 2019 21st European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE'19 ECCE Europe), IEEE and EPE Association, Genova, Italy, Sep. 2-6, 2019, Genova, Italy: IEEE and EPE Association , 2019Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates the impact of the thyristor commutation time on the peak currents and the active power capability of the hybrid alternate-common-arm converter (HACC). This converter employs director thyristors for the alternate connection of a common arm in parallel to the main arms. The parallel connection enables current sharing among the arms, which allows the HACC to transfer higher output power without increasing the peak arm current. It is shown that the active-power capability of the HACC is doubled for a certain current-sharing factor, which, however, is altered by the thyristor commutation time. Therefore, the impact of the commutation time on the active-power capability of the HACC is investigated theoretically. Finally, this analysis is verified by simulation results.

  • 3.
    Bakas, Panagiotis
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electrical Engineering, Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Ilves, Kalle
    ABB Corporate Research.
    Okazaki, Yuhei
    ABB Corporate Research.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electrical Engineering, Electric Power and Energy Systems. ABB Corporate Research.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electrical Engineering, Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electrical Engineering, Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Hybrid alternate-common-arm converter with high power capability: Potential and limitations2020In: IEEE transactions on power electronics, ISSN 0885-8993, E-ISSN 1941-0107Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper studies a new hybrid converter thatutilizes thyristors and full-bridge (FB) arms for achieving higherpower capability than the full-bridge (FB) modular multilevel converter (MMC) with reduced semiconductor requirements. The study covers the theoretical analysis of the energy balancing,the dimensioning principles, the maximum power capability, and the limitations imposed by the discontinuous operation of theconverter. Based on the analysis of these aspects, the theoretical analysis is concluded by identifying the design constraints that need to be fulfilled for achieving the maximum power capabilityof the converter. It is concluded that the maximum power capability can be achieved for a certain range of modulation indices and is limited by both the commutation time of the thyristors andthe power angle. Finally, simulation and experimental results that confirm the theoretical analysis and the feasibility of the studied converter are presented and discussed.

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  • 4. Bakas, Panagiotis
    et al.
    Okazaki, Y.
    Ilves, K.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electrical Engineering, Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Harnefors, L.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electrical Engineering, Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Design considerations and comparison of hybrid line-commutated and cascaded full-bridge converters with reactive-power compensation and active filtering capabilities2019In: 2019 21st European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE 2019 ECCE Europe, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper compares two hybrid topologies that combine the line-commutated converter (LCC) with cascaded full-bridge (FB) converters. The latter are utilized for compensating the reactive power and filtering the current harmonics of the LCC. The method that was developed for dimensioning these hybrid topologies is presented in detail. This method is utilized for calculating the arm voltage and current waveforms, which are used to estimate other important quantities, such as conduction losses and energy variations. Finally, the studied converters are compared in terms of voltage/current ratings, semiconductor requirements, conduction losses, and energy variations.

  • 5.
    Bakas, Panagiotis
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Okazaki, Yuhei
    ABB Corporate Research.
    Ilves, Kalle
    ABB Corporate Research.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Design considerations and comparison of hybrid line-commutated and cascaded full-bridge converters with reactive-power compensation and active filtering capabilities2019Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper compares two hybrid topologies that combine the line-commutated converter (LCC) with cascaded full-bridge (FB) converters. The latter are utilized for compensating the reactive power and filtering the current harmonics of the LCC. The method that was developed for dimensioning these hybrid topologies is presented in detail. This method is utilized for calculating the arm voltage and current waveforms, which are used to estimate other important quantities, such as conduction losses and energy variations. Finally, the studied converters are compared in terms of voltage/current ratings, semiconductor requirements, conduction losses, and energy variations.

  • 6.
    Heinig, Stefanie
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Jacobs, Keijo
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Ilves, Kalle
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Bessegato, Luca
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Bakas, Panagiotis
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Implications of Capacitor Voltage Imbalance on the Operation of the Semi-Full-Bridge Submodule2019In: IEEE transactions on power electronics, ISSN 0885-8993, E-ISSN 1941-0107, Vol. 34, no 10, p. 9520-9535, article id 8598807Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Future meshed high-voltage direct current grids require modular multilevel converters with extended functionality. One of the most interesting new submodule topologies is the semi-full-bridge because it enables efficient handling of DC-side short circuits while having reduced power losses compared to an implementation with full-bridge submodules. However, the semi-full-bridge submodule requires the parallel connection of capacitors during normal operation which can cause a high redistribution current in case the voltages of the two submodule capacitors are not equal. The maximum voltage difference and resulting redistribution current have been studied analytically, by means of simulations and in a full-scale standalone submodule laboratory setup. The most critical parameter is the capacitance mismatch between the two capacitors. The experimental results from the full-scale prototype show that the redistribution current peaks at 500A if the voltage difference is 10V before paralleling and increases to 2500A if the difference is 40V. However, neglecting very unlikely cases, the maximum voltage difference predicted by simulations is not higher than 20-30V for the considered case. Among other measures, a balancing controller is proposed which reduces the voltage difference safely if a certain maximum value is surpassed. The operating principle of the controller is described in detail and verified experimentally on a down-scaled submodule within a modular multilevel converter prototype. It can be concluded that excessively high redistribution currents can be prevented. Consequently, they are no obstacle for using the semi-full-bridge submodule in future HVDC converters.

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    Implications of Capacitor Voltage Imbalance on the Operation of the Semi-Full-Bridge Submodule
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