Design of MMC sub-module for high power testing applications

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Miguel Garnelo Rodriguez
  • Daniel Bo Rønnest Andersen
4. term, Energy Engineering, Master (Master Programme)
In recent years, the need for high-power testing
such as grid emulation systems has become
increasingly popular. Following former
investigations by the authors in [1], a
Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) based
grid emulator is of interest. This thesis considers
the development of an MMC Submodule
(SM) for high-power test applications.
In the pursuit of finding a suitable
design, a development methodology is presented
considering different development
phases, introducing Design Failure Mode
and Effect Analysis (DFMEA) as part of the
procedure. During the project, various subsystems
of the SM are determined, mainly
focusing on two streams, namely, power
hardware and control hardware. In the design
phase, a clear test methodology is developed
to test the SM, including both commissioning
and design validation tests. The
test shows results within the requirements
of the considered MMC for high-power testing.
Finally, the design is validated based on
the experimental results and a Technology
Readiness Level (TRL) analysis. It can be
concluded that the MMC SM shows promising
properties for future engaging in a full
MMC, with only a few failure modes which
are detected and mitigated.
SpecialisationPower Electronics and Drives
Publication date27 May 2021
Number of pages116
External collaboratorR&D A/S
Senior Specialist Rayk Grune
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