A unidirectional boost chopper with snubber energy regeneration using a coupled inductor

Kazuhiro Umetani, Fujiyuki Iwamoto, Keisuke Yagyu

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This paper proposes a novel soft-switching boost chopper with a lossless LC snubber, suitable for improving the efficiency of the electric propulsion system of vehicles. The snubber circuit is beneficial owing to the following features: zero-current switching turn-on and zero-voltage switching turn-off are achieved regardless of the operating conditions; it requires only one additional switch with smaller current rating compared to the main switch; the additional switch can be controlled by basic arithmetic; and the main switch is free from additional voltage or current stress caused by the soft-switching operation. Along with theoretical discussions, experimental results are also presented on the circuit behavior and the resulting improvement of the energy conversion efficiency. These results show the usefulness of the chopper for improving the efficiency of electric vehicles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-323
Number of pages9
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Fuel cell vehicle
  • Lossless snubber
  • Snubber energy regeneration
  • Soft-switching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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