An improved modular multilevel converter with DC fault blocking capability

Rong Zeng, Lie Xu, Liangzhong Yao

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In contrast to the conventional half-bridge based MMC (HB-MMC), the full-bridge based MMC (FB-MMC) has the advantage of dc fault blocking capacity, but at the costs of increased power semiconductor devices and power losses. This paper proposes a hybrid modular multilevel converters (MMC) comprising of half half-bridge and half full-bridge sub-modules. The proposed topology takes the advantages of dc fault blocking capability of FB-MMC with less semiconductor devices and lower power losses than the FB-MMC. Comparative studies on power losses for different circuit configuration are conducted. Detailed pre-charge scheme for the proposed Hybrid MMC are designed and verified by simulations. Experiment results are provided to demonstrate the feasibility and validity of the proposed Hybrid MMC under normal operation and dc fault condition.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
EventIEEE PES General Meeting 2014 - Washington DC, United States
Duration: 27 Jul 2014 → …


ConferenceIEEE PES General Meeting 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington DC
Period27/07/14 → …


  • modular multilevel converter
  • power losses
  • circuit faults
  • hybrid power systems


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