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A control method to improve the efficiency of a soft–switching non–isolated bidirectional DC–DC converter for hybrid and plug–in electric vehicle applications

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Hybrid energy storage system (HESS) can be adopted in hybrid, plug–in hybrid, and pure electric vehicles (HEV, PHEV, and EV), where a bidirectional DC–DC converter (BDC) is used to connect batteries and ultra–capacitors. The efficiency improvement of the BDC is beneficial to increase the efficiency viability of HESS. Due to ZVS, high efficiency can be obtained at heavy load operations while the efficiency is low at light load operations mainly because of the conduction losses of the auxiliary circuits. These losses can be reduced by optimising the switching frequency. The relationship of efficiency and switching frequency are presented and discussed. A scaled–down 1 kW BDC prototype is built to verify the feasibility of the efficiency improvement. With the aim of achieving ZVS conditions and variable frequency control, the implementing method is proposed. The simulated results are also presented, which can validate the feasibility of the proposed control method.

Keywords: maximum efficiency, HESS, hybrid energy storage systems, DC–DC power conversion, resonant power conversion, variable frequency control, peak valley control, bidirectional DC–DC converters, zero voltage switching, soft switching DC–DC converters, hybrid electric vehicles, HEVs, plug–in electric vehicles, simulation

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