Vincotech has rolled out new SiC-based products for ultra-efficient, high-frequency operation in solar inverter, UPS, and battery management applications. This generation flow SiC 0 modules come in two versions. One is a flow3xPHASE 0 SiC three-phase inverter module with 3x buck/boost and split output topology; the other is the flow3xBOOST 0 SiC with three-channel boost circuits. Both modules feature the latest generation of SiC MOSFET switches designed for ultra-fast switching frequencies >100 kHz. They are able to achieve >99 % peak efficiency at fPWM = 64 kHz. Equipped with integrated DC capacitors, these new flow 0 SiC modules provide ultra-low inductance.
The flow3xPHASE 0 SiC and the flow3xBOOST SiC 0 modules come in low-inductive, 12-mm flow 0 housings with Press-fit pins. Samples of these modules are currently available. As evident in these new modules, the race to achieve highest efficiency had engineers turning to innovative topologies and new components such as SiC to take the lead. In parallel, after years of dormancy, old but very innovative ideas such as the mixed-voltage NPC topology have been rediscovered and put to good use in many solar inverter applications.
Surprisingly, all these efforts have focused on the power range up to 100kW, while standard two-level topologies with low switching frequencies continue to dominate in the range beyond 100kW. The problem is that the extended geometry of high-power applications makes it difficult to avoid parasitic inductance. On top of that, the effect of parasitic components increases linearly with current. Most designs reduce switching speed to limit the influence of parasitic effects. And true enough, dynamic losses are indeed minimized when the switching frequency is reduced by up to 4kHz.
In response, Vincotech has developed additional modules that transcend the limitations associated with >100kW power inverters to accommodate high switching frequencies and innovative topologies. Based on standard Si components, this new solution uses parasitic inductance and applies the fundamentals of power electronics to boost the performance of conventional designs.