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Energies 2015, 8(9), 10219-10238; doi:10.3390/en80910219

A New Application of the Multi-Resonant Zero-Current Switching Buck Converter: Analysis and Simulation in a PMSG Based WECS

Department of Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória, ES 29075-910, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Frede Blaabjerg
Received: 20 June 2015 / Revised: 14 August 2015 / Accepted: 9 September 2015 / Published: 17 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Turbine 2015)

Abstract

A new application of the three-phase buck-resonant converter is presented in this paper. It is shown that the analyzed converter is suitable to operate as the rectifier stage in low power wind energy conversion systems (WECS) based on permanent magnet synchronous generators (PMSG) with variable wind speed. As main features, it presents a single controlled switch, simple implementation and control, and operates with a high power factor and low harmonic distortion over all wind speed ranges. The converter topology, its design equations and its operation are presented, as well as the simulation results of the PMSG based conversion system. From the analysis carried out in the paper it is concluded that the converter is indicated to be employed in distributed generation and hybrid systems where wind generation is associated with other sources. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind power; permanent magnet synchronous generators (PMSG); multi-resonant buck converter; wind energy conversion systems (WECS) wind power; permanent magnet synchronous generators (PMSG); multi-resonant buck converter; wind energy conversion systems (WECS)
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Freitas, T.; Menegáz, P.; Simonetti, D. A New Application of the Multi-Resonant Zero-Current Switching Buck Converter: Analysis and Simulation in a PMSG Based WECS. Energies 2015, 8, 10219-10238.

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