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RE12M2 Power Converters

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Module name:

Power Converters

Scope and form:

Lectures and group exercises/simulations in connection with the lectures
Laboratory exercises and project work in teams

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks; 4 hours/week (on average 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of labs/project work)

Type of assessment:

Oral examination based on project report and sample topic of the module.

Qualified Prerequisites:

Basic knowledge of circuit theory (DC and AC circuits), fundamental of analogue and digital electronics, basics of control theory. Fundamentals of transformer operations and DC- and AC- machines.

General module objectives:

This module introduces students to the power converters for renewable energy applications, like DC/DC, AC/DC, AC/AC converters for photovoltaic systems, wind and hydro turbine systems, small-scale power generators and power control systems. In addition, the module aims to provide students with ability to analyse of the named systems and circuits for the control and conversion of electrical power with high efficiency.

Topics and short description:

Power Electronics and Power Converters
Principles of steady-state converter analysis,
Steady-state equivalent circuit modelling, losses, and efficiency,
Semiconductor power switch realization (overview of semiconductor switches - Diodes, IGBTs, MOSFETs, SiCs),
The discontinuous conduction mode of power converters,
Boost/buck converters - operation, control and design,
Resonant converters – operation, control
Multi-phase converters - operation, control and design,
DC/AC converters - operation, control and design,
Multi-level converters - operation, control and design,
Switching strategies of converters,
Snubber circuits
Converter Dynamics and Control
AC equivalent circuit modelling,
Converter transfer functions,
Controller design,
Power Converters Applications to Renewable Energy Systems
Fundamentals of Transformer Operations, DC and AC Machines - motors, generators & control,
Wind and hydro generator systems (general types of electric machines, power converter types and configurations)
Photovoltaic generators (general types of silicon photovoltaic systems, PV configurations and integration)
Transmission of electric power and cooperation power converters with Electric Power Network.

Learning outcomes:




Configuration of DC/DC, DC/AC converters

Able to analyse various configurations of power electronic converters

Ability to discuss and evaluate configurations of power converters, and to communicate results

Types, parameters of power semiconductor switches

Able to choose proper power semiconductor switches for power converters

Taking responsibility for choosing proper switches for power converters, both in educational and work settings

Application of power converters in energy renewable systems

Able to make computer simulations of the power converter systems design and plan future extensions or modifications of existing power systems

Application of the skills learnt to make simulations and plan extensions or modifications of systems as a design team member capable of team work

Wind and hydro generator systems and photovoltaic generators (general types and configurations and integration)

Able to identify and appraise the main configurations and components of an electric power conversion system

Ability to evaluate main configurations and present arguments in favour of the option selected, in educational and work settings

Recommended literature:

  1. Power Electronics for Renewable Energy Systems, Transportation and Industrial Applications, by Haitham Abu-Rub, Mariusz Malinowski, Kamal Al-Haddad2014
    Supplementary literature:
  2. Power Electronics: Circuits, Devices & Applications, by Muhammad H. Rashid, 2013
  3. Power Electronics: Converters, Applications, and Design, by Ned Mohan, Tore M. Undeland, William P. Robbins, 2002
  4. Grid Converters for Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems, by Remus Teodorescu (Author), Marco Liserre(Author), Pedro Rodríguez (Author), 2011
  5. Power Electronics: A First Course, by Ned Mohan, 2011
  6. Power Electronics, by Daniel Hart, 2010
  7. Fundamentals of Power Electronics, by Robert W. Erickson, Dragan Maksimovic, 2001