Semiconductor switching circuit

Colin Davidson (Inventor), Ikenna EFIKA (Inventor), David Trainer (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

A semiconductor switching circuit (10), for use in a HVDC power converter, comprises: a main current branch (12) including a main semiconductor switching element (16) and through which current flows when the main semiconductor switching element (16) is switched on; an auxiliary current branch (14) connected in parallel or inverse-parallel with the main current branch (12), the auxiliary current branch (14) including an auxiliary circuit (18), the auxiliary circuit (18) including a plurality of active auxiliary semiconductor switching elements (22) connected to form an active switching bridge, the auxiliary current branch (14) further including an energy storage device (24) and/or an impedance device (20), the active switching bridge having a control unit (26) operatively connected therewith, the control unit (26) being configured to switch the active switching bridge to connect the auxiliary circuit (18) into and out of circuit with the main current branch (12) and thereby selectively create an alternative current path via the auxiliary current branch (14) whereby current flowing through the main current branch (12) is diverted to flow through the alternative current path to regulate one or more of current flowing through the main semiconductor switching element (16) and voltage appearing across the main semiconductor switching element (16), wherein the control unit (26) is configured to switch the active switching bridge to arrange the alternative current path to selectively pass through the energy storage device (24) and/or impedance device (20). (Figure 1)
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberEP2955837B1
IPCH02J4/00,H02M7/483,H02M7/7575,H02M2001/344,H02M2007/4835,Y02E60/60
Priority date10/06/14
Filing date10/06/14
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • semiconductor switching circuit
  • HVDC power converter

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  • Semiconductor switching circuit

    Davidson, C., EFIKA, I. & Vershinin, K., 8 Jun 2016, IPC No. H02J3/36, H03K17/12, H03K17/567, H03K17/722, Patent No. EP3029834A1, 3 Dec 2014, Priority date 3 Dec 2014, Priority No. EP14275250

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  • Semiconductor switching circuit

    Davidson, C., EFIKA, I. & Trainer, D., 17 Dec 2015, IPC No. H02M7/483, H02M7/757, Patent No. WO2015189215A1, 9 Jun 2015, Priority date 10 Jun 2014, Priority No. EP14275134A

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