Optimized AC/DC Dual Active Bridge Converter using Monolithic SiC Bidirectional FET (BiDFET) for Solar PV Applications


Grid interface power conversion systems for commercial, industrial and residential solar power generation are becoming ubiquitous due to the competitive cost of solar energy. The AC/DC dual active bridge (DAB) converter is an upcoming topology in industrial PV energy and energy storage applications, providing bidirectional power transfer and galvanic isolation. In this paper, the properties of a DAB-type converter are leveraged to propose a design optimization process. It can optimize the high-frequency RMS current, size of magnetic elements and zero-voltage-switching (ZVS) region of the converter. The resulting design is compared against that derived from a conventional approach. In addition, an algorithm to compute the harmonic currents at the DC and line frequency AC ports of the system is proposed, and the respective filter designs are presented. The optimized design of the AC/DC DAB converter is implemented using the newly developed, 1200 V, 46mΩ, four quadrant, SiC-based monolithic bidirectional FETs (BiDFET). Experimental results from the 2.3 kW, 400V/277VRMS hardware prototype are finally presented to verify the design process.

2021 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
Ramandeep Narwal
Ramandeep Narwal
Ph.D. Candidate

Ramandeep Narwal is a Ph.D. candidate in the research group of Prof. Subhashish Bhattacharya at the FREEDM Systems Center, NC State University.