Synthesis of Reconfigurable and Scalable Single-Inductor Multiport Converters with No Cross Regulation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10889-10902
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number9
Online published13 Apr 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022


This paper addresses the design of reconfigurable single-inductor multiport converters with bidirectional power flow, no cross regulation, and simple control. The design uses both voltage-source-mode cells and current-source-mode cells, thus allowing a full range of connectivity. The proposed single-inductor converters offer high modularity and scalability while offering bidirectional power flow and no cross regulation. The single-inductor structure reduces the overall size. The adoption of voltage-source-mode and current-source-mode cells leads to high modularity. High scalability is achieved due to arbitrary ports being allowed to the derived converters. Moreover, the topology inherently achieves no cross regulation among the output ports. The ports of the derived converters are reconfigurable, permitting transformation among single-input multi-output mode, multi-input multi-output mode, and multi-input single-output mode. Through transformation of operating modes, bidirectional power flow is achieved. Thus, regenerative loads can be integrated seamlessly. In terms of control, the absence of cross regulation permits the adoption of very simple control design, leading to high flexibility. Thus, the derived converters can integrate multiple and various kinds of terminating sources and loads simultaneously with simple control methods. A reconfigurable single-inductor four-port converter is presented for illustration. Finally, experimental results are presented to verify the analytical findings.

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  • Buck converters, cross regulation, dc-dc converter, Inductors, MIMO communication, multiport converter, Reconfigurable converter, Regulation, Scalability, single inductor, Topology, Voltage control