Future of Power Electronics Interfaces
- Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 11:00am to 11:50am
- Strand Union Building, 233 - view map
Please join us for ECE Power Faculty Candidate Ms. Sally Sajadian’s presentation on:
Future of Power Electronics Interfaces with Advance Functionalities for Renewable Energy Systems to Enhance the Power Grid Resiliency
Abstract: The major aspect of this research is to put alternative energy resources into the mainstream portfolio of energy resources in a way that is technologically and economically sustainable. The number of grid-tied power converters has been growing steadily for the past decade, forcing the jurisdictions to develop codes and standards to maintain grid stability and reliability. Aside from internal efficiency and stability goals, modern grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems are mandated by grid codes to offer precise and independent control over active and reactive power injection. The grid operator can leverage these extra functionalities for ancillary support services.
The aim of this seminar is to demonstrate advanced grid support capabilities for the grid-tied power electronic interfaces (PEIs). Design of the proposed PEI with advanced grid support functionalities for PV systems will be presented. Potential solutions will be presented for three major limitations exist that prevent widespread adaption of PV energy systems: improvement of conversion efficiency of PEIs, ensured stable operation of high penetration grid-tied PV systems, and improvement of power system resiliency through PV PEIs. Although the focus of this presentation is on PV energy harvesting systems, the presented research effort can be applied to a wide range of other critical technologies.