Design methodology of a series-series inductive power transfer system for electric vehicle battery charger application

Zhicong Huang, Siu Chung Wong, Chi Kong Tse

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Contactless battery charging can be safer and more convenient than the plug-in charging of electric vehicles (EVs). Different compensation topologies have been studied for contact-less power transfer systems depending on the applications and in consideration of the stability of the configuration. However, the conventional voltage supply mandates the use of an extra voltage-to-current converter stage for EV charging. Alternatively, switching of converter topologies has been reported to satisfy the battery charging profile. This paper proposes a design methodology using a series-series (S-S) contactless power transfer system for EV battery charger with two fixed operating frequencies. The converter operates at one of the fixed frequencies for a load-independent current output and the other operating frequency for a load-independent voltage output. With proper design of transformer inductance and primary compensation capacitor, zero voltage switching (ZVS) can be achieved to improve efficiency. Since the system is operating at two fixed frequencies for the whole charging profile of the EV battery, the proposed charging method simplifies the controller and improves the system reliability significantly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2014
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479956982
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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