This paper focuses on the control and modulation of a three-level Neutral Point Clamped (3L-NPC) back-to-back full scale converter for a 10 MW direct-drive wind turbine, equipped with a Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator (PMSG). Emphasis is oriented towards the investigation of the power losses in the semiconductor devices of three-level converter adopting continuous and discontinuous PWM modulation strategies. This aspect strongly influences the operation of the converter and directly affects its efficiency. Therefore, a simulation platform is developed in Matlab/Simulink and PLECS environment to analyse the dynamics of the system using different kinds of modulation strategies, identifying which methods can improve the converter efficiency. It is concluded that 60° discontinuous PWM modulation strategies show less power losses in the semiconductor devices and will increase the overall efficiency of the converter.
Proceedings of the 3rd Ieee International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems, 2012, p. 751-758
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3rd International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems, 2012