Power Conditioning Systems for Renewables, Storage, and Microgrids


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Michael Xiao, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 2:00pm

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The research focuses on developing power conditioning systems (PCS) and relative control technologies to integrate renewable and storages into micro grid power systems. The term "PCS" refers to the general class of devices that use power electronics technologies to convert electrical energy from one form to another. The motivation includes effective renewable energy harvest, advanced system infrastructure, high efficient conversion, and low cost etc. The presentation covers the subjects of DC microgrid configuration, PV system modeling, PV maximum power point tracking, converter topologies, low voltage ride through configuration and transient management scheme for doubly-fed and self-excited induction generators and related control issues.


Dr. Xiao received the M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia , Vancouver, Canada, in 2003 and 2007 respectively. He is currently the acting program head working with the electric power engineering program at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. In 2010, he spent eight months working as a visiting scholar at MIT, Cambridge, USA. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Xiao worked with the MSR Innovations Incorporation in Canada as a R&D engineering manager focusing on projects related to integration, research, optimization and design of photovoltaic power systems. His research interest includes photovoltaic power systems, dynamic systems and control, power electronics, and emerging industry applications.