Partial Power Processing Multiport DC-DC Converter With Radial Module Connections

Yuwei Liu, Yihua Hu, Guipeng Chen*, Huiqing Wen

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The partial power processing (PPP) concept has been extensively employed in many two-port converters to achieve high efficiency and high-power density by modifying one of the original converter ports to be connected in series between input and output. This is attractive but is confined to two-port applications, and how to extend it to multiport applications is not clear. Hence, this article aims to explore a generalized PPP multiport scheme by arranging the connection of the module rather than the converter. For a PPP single-input(output)-N-outputs(inputs) converter, one terminal of all N+1 modules is connected together to construct a radial structure, and another terminal is series/parallel connected with the input/output port. Each module only needs to process partial power caused by the voltage or current difference between input and output. Therefore, the required power rating of components is effectively reduced, contributing to low cost as well as low power loss. In this article, a PPP single-input dual-output converter with active bridge modules is also taken as an example to be introduced in detail, designed and experimented upon, which validates that high efficiency and high-power density can be achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13398-13412
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022


  • Active bridge
  • multiport dc∞dc
  • partial power processing (PPP)
  • radial module connection


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