A new insulated-gate-bipolar-transistor (IGBT)based cost-effective energy-recovery circuit (ERC) for a plasma display panel (PDP) is proposed. Since it is composed of two small resonant inductors and four power diodes instead of the conventional large auxiliary circuit, it features a simpler structure, less mass, fewer power devices, higher efficiency, and lower cost. Since all its power switches are turned off under the zero-current switching operation, IGBTs can be employed as power switches. Moreover, the very stable,and uniform light emitted from a PDP proves the high quality of screen. Therefore, it is well suitable for the consumer-affordable hang-on-the-wall TVs which have the desirable features such as thinness, lightness, high efficiency, low price, etc. To confirm the validity of the proposed ERC, a comparative analysis and experimental results based on a whole ac PDP driver equipped with the proposed circuit for the 42-in PDP are presented.