This letter proposes a novel circuit topology which can realize the power decoupling function without adding additional active switches into the circuit. The dc-link capacitor of a full bridge rectifier is split into two identical parts and the midpoint is connected to one leg through a filter inductor. With such a configuration, this leg can control the current going into the two output capacitors connected in series for power decoupling, and the other leg can control the line current according to active and reactive power requirement. The proposed topology does not require additional passive component, e.g. inductors or film capacitors for ripple energy storage because this task can be accomplished by the dc-link capacitors, and therefore its implementation cost can be minimized. Another unique feature of the proposed topology is that the current stress of power semiconductors can be reduced as compared to other existing active power decoupling circuits. This feature becomes more obvious when the converter operates with capacitive load, e.g. for grid voltage support. The operational principle of the proposed circuit is discussed, and experimental results are presented to show the effectiveness of the proposed circuit concept.
I E E E Transactions on Power Electronics, 2015, Vol 30, Issue 6, p. 2905-2910
AC/DC converter; Active power decoupling; Capacitance reduction; Current stress