Multilevel topology reference demo addresses GaN fulfilling EV and industrial needs

12-05-2023 | Innoscience Technology | Power

Innoscience Technology has collaborated with the Bern University of Applied Sciences to provide a reference demo that employs its 650V InnoGaN HEMT devices in a multilevel topology to fulfil 850VDC applications, including as e-mobility motor drivers, solar and industrial inverters, EV fast chargers, and potentially EV drivetrains.

The three-level ANPC converter employs Innoscience’s INN650D080BS 650V, 80mOhm HEMTs in the 8mm x 8mm DFN package. No snubber capacitors or expensive SiC diodes are needed, lowering system cost.

Explains Professor Timothé Delaforge of the BFH, who worked on this development with Professor Sébastien Mariéthoz, also of the BFH: “At higher voltages, classic two-level topologies such as a half-bridge are not practical as the 650V-rated HEMTs will fail. But there are many other topologies which mean that we can keep the operating voltage of the HEMT well below its rated voltage while working with much higher DC bus voltages. In this case, we chose the ANPC topology because it enables us to switch 850VDC without needing SiC. 850V is high enough for many industrial and e-mobility applications – even potentially EV drivetrains – if enough care is taken on the circuity design to minimize parasitics.”

He continues: “We chose Innoscience’s InnoGaN HEMTs as they are very high efficiency and reliable, whilst also being the most cost-effective devices available on the market.”

Dr Denis Marcon, Innoscience’s general manager, Europe, adds: “Although this design uses six HEMTs because we are switching at much higher frequency, we can reduce the size of the filter and hence shrink the overall size of the converter. Also, with our InnoGaN HEMTs, we can achieve inverter efficiencies of 99%, increasing system reliability and decreasing cost.”

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By Seb Springall