Bhattacharya Receives Best Paper Award at IEEE ECCE-Asia 2021
Congratulations to two recent Ph.D. graduates and Dr. Subhashish Bhattacharya who recently received the Best Paper Award at ECCE Asia 2021 for their work on 10 kV SiC MOSFETs.
July 12, 2021 By Charles Hall
Anup Anurag, Sayan Acharya, and Subhashish Bhattacharya, Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition – Asia (IEEE ECCE-Asia 2021).
Their paper, “Solid State Transformer and Medium Voltage Grid Connection Applications Enabled by Gen3 10 kV SiC MOSFETs based Three-Phase Two-Level Converter Systems” focuses on the operation and experimental validation of the 10 kV SiC MOSFETs. The successful operation of these medium voltage devices in a solid-state transformer application can provide potential benefits to the industries which currently use low voltage cascaded converter systems for their medium voltage applications. These industries include but are not limited to data centers, medium voltage EV charger industries, and also to industries that provide shore-to-ship power solutions. In this work, a successful demonstration of the 10 kV SiC MOSFET based solid-state transformer is carried out. It can be seen that the use of these devices can help make the converter systems much simpler by providing a two-level converter solution as compared to cascaded multilevel converters currently being used in the industry.
This solid-state transformer has been operated and successfully demonstrated inside a mobile container both at FREEDM system center as well as at Naval Postgraduate Academy, Monterey CA.
The emergence of wide bandgap semiconductors in power electronics has made it possible to manufacture medium voltage (MV) devices with low on-state resistance and offer fast switching transitions. This has enabled high switching frequencies in MV applications, which reduces the size and weight of the magnetic components and has opened up many opportunities in the field of power transmission and distribution. With the increasing popularity of MVac and MVdc microgrids, it has become necessary to have suitable MVac/MVdc, MVac/MVac, or MVac/LVac converters to integrate MVac systems with AC or DC microgrids. On account of this, an MV solid-state transformer (MV-SST) enabled by 10 kV SiC MOSFETs is developed to integrate an MV grid of 4.16 kV to a low voltage (LV) grid of 480 V. The MV-SST is divided into three stages: MVac/MVdc stage, MVdc/LVdc stage, and LVdc/LVac stage. These three stages ensure an SST operation to integrate MVac and LVac grids and provide an option to integrate DC loads or DC grids at the DC ports. This paper discusses the design, development, and operation of the 10 kV SiC MOSFETs based SST. The operation and feasibility of the MV-SST system are demonstrated by experimental results.
The 2021 IEEE 12th ECCE-ASIA is the pivotal international conference and exposition event on electrical and electromechanical energy conversion field which feature both industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, as expositions. ECCE brings together practicing engineers, researchers and other professionals for interactive and multidisciplinary discussions on the latest advances in various areas related to energy conversion.
Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on Power Electronics and Power Systems including Electric Vehicle Systems, and Electronic Energy Systems Packaging. In 2018, he was named the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.