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—Multilevel converters are a very interesting alternative for medium and high power drives. One of the more flexible topologies of this type is the cascaded multicell converter. This paper proposes the use of a single-phase reduced cell suitable for cascaded multilevel converters. This cell uses a reduced single-phase active rectifier at the input and an(More)
—Multilevel converters use a large amount of semiconductors , allowing the reconfigurate of the converter to work even on internal fault condition. This paper presents a method to detect faulty cells in a cascaded multicell converter requiring just one voltage measurement per output phase. The method is based on high-frequency harmonic analysis, using a(More)
—Multilevel converters are an interesting alternative for high power drives, due to their good quality output signals. Despite their advantages, the large number of components required increases the fault probability. Among the multilevel topologies, the cascade multicell converter presents advantages when operating under internal fault conditions, due to(More)
—New regulations impose more stringent limits on current harmonics injected by power converters that are achieved with pulsewidth-modulated (PWM) rectifiers. In addition, several applications demand the capability of power regeneration to the power supply. This paper presents the state of the art in the field of regenera-tive rectifiers with reduced input(More)
— This paper presents a method for operating cascaded multilevel inverters when one or more power cells are damaged. The method is based on the use of additional switches in the power circuit to bypass the faulty cell. To control the cells, the angle of phase shifting in the carrier signals is modified according to the number of operating cells, to minimize(More)
—This paper presents a multilevel converter with re-generation capability. The converter uses several power cells connected in series, each working with reduced voltage and with an active front end at the line side. This paper presents the following: 1) the control method of each cell; 2) the use of phase-shifting techniques to reduce the current and(More)
—Multilevel converters and, in particular, flying capacitor (FC) converters are an attractive alternative for medium-voltage applications. FC converters do not need complex transformers to obtain the dc-link voltage and also present good robustness properties, when operating under internal fault conditions. Unfortunately, with standard modulation(More)
—Multicell power circuit topologies have proved to be an effective alternative to medium-voltage ac drives. The main advantage is the improved power quality at both the ac system and the motor sides. However, several drawbacks are present in these configurations, such as a lack of sustained regenerative operating mode, uncontrolled input reactive power, and(More)