On Single-Input Dual-Output (SIDO) DC/DC Multi-Port Converters for DC Microgrid Applications
Keywords:DC-DC Switching Converters, Voltage Regulators, Single-Inductor Dual-Output (SIDO) DC/DC Converters, Multi-port DC/DC converters, Microgrid (MG)
This paper proposes the use of linear-assisted switching power converters in the context of single-inductor dual-output (SIDO) for microgrids (MG) applications. By combining a DC/DC ripple-controlled switching power converter with the respective voltage linear regulators at each output, improved performance in terms of load and line regulations is obtained. To achieve that aim, a current-steering switching policy is proposed, together with a resource-aware circuit implementation. The ripple-based hysteretic control results in variable switching frequency to guarantee critical conduction mode (boundary of CCM and DCM).