Silicon carbide (SiC) power MOSFETs are available only for high-power and medium-to-high-voltage applications, generally above 600 V, because for lower blocking voltages, they comparatively provide lower advan- tages in terms of efficiency. There are applications, however, for which ruggedness and reliability are as important as efficiency, such as power optimizers for photovoltaic (PV) modules, which fall within the low power, low voltage cat- egory of dc–dc converters. These circuits, which maximize the energy produced by each single PV module, operate in continuously changing and stressing conditions yet having to assure high performances in terms of efficiency as well as of temperature insensitivity and long-term reliability. The aim of this paper is to predict the basic characteristics of a 4H-SiC MOSFET tailored for this kind of applications and, therefore, characterized by a breakdown voltage BVDS of 150 V and currents of the order of 10 A. The study, based on numerical simulations, shows that, besides the expected higher ruggedness, the static characteristics would be com- parable to those of silicon MOSFETs rated for a comparable BVDS, with RON in the order of 100 k·μm2, while advantages would result in terms of dynamic characteristics, and in particular in terms of switching times.
|Titolo:||Numerical simulation study of a low breakdown voltage 4H-SiC MOSFET for photovoltaic module-level applications|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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