Advance Power Electronic Converters for Renewable Energy Systems

Two major technologies will play important role to meet the growing energy needs of today and tomorrow. One is the energy from clean renewable energy sources will see a constant raise in the next century. The other is to use high efficient power electronic conversion technologies in power generation, power transmission/distribution and end-user applications. The presentation discuss the most emerging renewable energy sources such as: wind, photovoltaic, fuel cells and wave-energy systems and the role of power electronics as the center piece of an enabling technology. Emphasis will be on multilevel converters and their applications in wind, PV and other renewable energy systems from kW to MW range. The presentation will discuss which power electronic solutions are most feasible, cost effective and also review present trends in wide band gap power semiconductor device applications.

Prasad N. Enjeti

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University on April 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1021

Prasad N. Enjeti (M'85-SM?88-F'00) received his B.E. degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1980, the M.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1982, and Ph.D. degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, in 1988, all in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of Texas A&M University faculty since 1988 and is widely acknowledged to be a distinguished teacher, scholar and researcher. His research emphasis on industry-based issues, solved within an academic context, has attracted significant external funding. Up until now, he has graduated 22 Ph.D. students and 11 of them hold academic positions in leading Universities in the world. He along with his students has received numerous best paper awards from the IEEE Industry Applications and Power Electronics Society. His primary research interests are in advancing power electronic converter designs to address complex power management issues such as: active harmonic filtering, adjustable speed motor drives, power conditioning systems for fuel cells, wind and solar energy systems.

ABB Distinguished Lecture Series

ABB and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are proud to host the ABB Distinguished Lecture Series in Power Engineering. Each semester, a nationally prominent expert will lecture on a topic related to recent developments in power technology and the smart grid. Distinguished speakers drawn from ABB, academia and the power industry will address the most timely and challenging topics of the power engineering and smart grid industries. Everyone is invited to attend, from undergraduates on up to faculty and friends of the department.