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Design Method for the Coil-System and the Soft Switching Technology for High-Frequency and High-Efficiency Wireless Power Transfer Systems

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School of Electrical and Power Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221008, China
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Electrical Energy Management Research Group, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TH, UK
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Energies 2018, 11(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11010007
Received: 20 October 2017 / Revised: 7 December 2017 / Accepted: 18 December 2017 / Published: 21 December 2017
Increasing the resonant frequency of a wireless power transfer (WPT) system effectively improves the power transfer efficiency between the transmit and the receive coils but significantly limits the power transfer capacity with the same coils. Therefore, this paper proposes a coil design method for a series-series (SS) compensated WPT system which can power up the same load with the same DC input voltage & current but with increased resonant frequency. For WPT systems with higher resonant frequencies, a new method of realizing soft-switching by tuning driving frequency is proposed which does not need to change any hardware in the WPT system and can effectively reduce switching losses generated in the inverter. Eighty-five kHz, 200 kHz and 500 kHz WPT systems are built up to validate the proposed methods. Experimental results show that all these three WPT systems can deliver around 3.3 kW power to the same load (15 Ω) with 200 V input voltage and 20 A input current as expected and achieve more than 85% coil-system efficiency and 79% system overall efficiency. With the soft-switching technique, inverter efficiency can be improved from 81.91% to 98.60% in the 500 kHz WPT system. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless power transfer (WPT) system; coil design; soft-switching wireless power transfer (WPT) system; coil design; soft-switching
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Liu, X.; Liu, J.; Wang, J.; Wang, C.; Yuan, X. Design Method for the Coil-System and the Soft Switching Technology for High-Frequency and High-Efficiency Wireless Power Transfer Systems. Energies 2018, 11, 7.

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