Single Active Switch Power Electronics for kW Scale CPT
The development of capacitive power transfer (CPT) as a competitive wireless/contactless power transfer solution over short distances is proving viable in both consumer and industrial electronic products/systems. The CPT is usually applied in low-power applications, due to small coupling capacitance. Recent research has increased the coupling capacitance from the pF to the nF scale, enabling extension of CPT to kilowatt power level applications. This paper addresses the need of efficient power electronicssuitable for CPT at higher power levels, while remaining cost effective.
Therefore, to reduce the cost and losses single-switch–single-diode topologies are investigated. Four single active switch CPT topologies based on the canonical Ćuk, SEPIC, Zeta, and Buck-boost converters are proposed and investigated. Performance tradeoffs within the context of a CPT system are presented and corroborated with experimental results. A prototype single active switch converter demonstrates 1-kW power transfer at a frequency of 200 kHz with >90% efficiency.
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