DC Active Power Filter-Based Hybrid Energy Source for Pulsed Power Loads

Vladimir Yuhimenko, Chaim Lerman, Alon Kuperman

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In this paper, design of a capacitor semiactive hybrid source for powering pulsed power loads based on dc power filter principle is presented. The system consists of an energy source connected directly to a load, supported by a bidirectional buck-boost dc-dc converter interfaced supercapacitor (SC). The converter is controlled such that the SC supplies the dynamic component of the load power, leaving the energy source to supply a near-constant power to satisfy average load demand. The control algorithm is adopted from the power filter theory, allowing to reduce the stress of an energy rich source despite operating under a high-power demanding load. Moreover, the SC-load voltage matching is not required and the control algorithm does not require load current sensing. Instead, energy source current of a much lower amplitude is necessary. The SC sizing methodology is proposed, and topology issues aiming to minimize the SC are discussed as well. Compared with a passive hybrid, the proposed system utilizes much lower capacitance at the expense of additional power electronics. Experimental results are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7083697
Pages (from-to)1001-1010
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • DC-DC converter
  • hybrid energy source
  • power filter
  • supercapacitor (SC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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