Browse Publications Technical Papers 2007-01-0294
2007-04-16

Development of Free Wheeling Diode for High-Power Hybrid Vehicles 2007-01-0294

To improve the fuel economy and dynamic performance of hybrid electric vehicles (HVs), Toyota Motor Corporation has boosted the voltage of the hybrid system. Increases in system voltage have to be matched by increases in the breakdown voltage of the Free Wheeling Diodes (FWD) in that system. However, using conventional technology to accomplish this causes a temporary decrease in breakdown voltage during switching, leading to increased device losses. It was found that this phenomenon was being caused by the unexpected generation of crystal defects, the reduction of which has enabled device losses to be suppressed. (Reported at ISPSD 2006.)

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