This paper introduces a new zero current switching topology for parallel balancing of serially connected batteries string. The main advantage of the balancing concept in this study is that energy is transferred only when the cells are unbalanced. As a result, the power losses are significantly reduced since no current circulates through the system when balanced. This has been enabled by a modification of an isolated series-resonant converter operating in a discontinuous conduction mode. A single transformer for two cells is used, as opposed to conventional isolated topologies that require a transformer per cell. The realization is simple and sensorless. Experimental results have been obtained by a prototype of two modules balancing four series-connected batteries.
- resonant converter
- soft switching
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering