Fundamentals of power electronics and drives and their role in the energy transition
Speaker Lecturer: Elisabetta Tedeschi
June 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23
Hour: 14:00 – 16:00
The aim of the course is to introduce the students to fundamental concepts of power electronics and electrical machines/drives, and then provide an overview of their applications in different fields that are strategic for the energy transition towards a more sustainable society.
The lectures will cover:
- Basic concepts of power electronics and drives: Review of dc/dc, ac/dc and dc/ac converters and fundamentals of their control. Structure, characteristics and properties of the most used electrical machines, and their control through electric drives.
- Use of power electronics and drives for industrial applications: the electrification process and its motivations. Examples from mission critical industries and the transportation sector.
- Role of power electronics in the renewable energy sector: topologies, approaches, and trends in the use of power converters and drives for power generation from sustainable sources and their grid integration.
- Role of power electronics in the modern power system: effect of power converters penetration into high voltage power grids. Fundamentals of microgrids. Future of the power systems.
Exam: The final evaluation consists of an oral presentation on a selected topic (related to the course content) and its discussion.