Power converters with higher efficiency in a wide load range are important for reducing the overall energy consumption of renewable energy generation systems. A center-tapped LC series resonant dual-active bridge (LC-DAB) converter for DC-DC conversion is proposed in this paper. The proposed converter utilizes a center-tapped bridge to block reverse current and eliminate back flow power to reduce conduction losses. Two modulation methods for the proposed topology (i.e., fixed frequency modulation (FFM), and variable frequency modulation (VFM)) are proposed and analyzed. Both modulation methods can realize soft switch over the entire load range to reduce switching losses. In addition, the proposed modulation techniques guarantee soft switching for all devices and synchronous rectifier is realized by the center-tapped bridge to further reduce the conduction losses. Furthermore, a comprehensive comparison in terms of conduction losses and switching losses has been carried out to highlight the superiority of the proposed converter over the existing LC resonant converters. Finally, simulated and experimental results for a
kW prototype are presented to validate the theoretical analysis and performance of the proposed converter.
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