Performance Analysis of Multilevel Converter with Reduced Number of Active Switches

  • Sudheer VinnakotiEmail author
  • Venkata Lakshmi Vasamsetti
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 655)


In a multi-level inverter, as the number of levels increases there exists the problem of an increase in the number of active power switches particularly in high-power and low-voltage applications such as wind energy conversion system, UPS and photovoltaic inverters. Hence, this paper presents a novel technology which is capable of providing the same or more number of levels as that of the fundamental with reduced number of active switches. The proposed topology utilizes a DC link which is the combination of number of DC cells. The DC interface provides a variable DC connection voltage along with the regulated path through floating capacitors and provides the required degree of control for all inverter phases. The numbers of levels of the converter are increased by connecting the DC cells in a multi-cell structure. The five-level reduced multi-level converter (RMC) is compared with various other topologies such as single-phase five-level and seven-level cascaded H-bridge inverter in terms of number of active switches, and the results are validated through the percentage total harmonic distortions.


Multi-level converters DC link 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sudheer Vinnakoti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Venkata Lakshmi Vasamsetti
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Electronics EngineeringRaghu Engineering College (A)VisakhapatnamIndia
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Electronics EngineeringVignan’s Institute of Information Technology (A)VisakhapatnamIndia

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