The rapid growth of renewable energy installations during the past decade has had a detrimental impact on power systems. Renewable energy sources are inherently intermittent and create fluctuations in the grid voltage, which may cause instability. In this seminar, the “intelligent energy management” of power converters is proposed as a solution to this problem. Power converters are used as the grid interface for both renewable energy sources and energy storage units, which are the building blocks of localized power generation systems. Thus, developments in the field of power electronics are essential to be able to provide reliable power generation. Intelligent energy management will ensure that each of the elements in a localized power generation system works in harmony to ensure robustness. This talk will focus on two main topics: (1) power circuit topologies used in a localized power generation system, and (2) advanced control systems for power converters used to achieve intelligent energy management.
Majid Pahlevani is a Senior Member of IEEE and received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, and his Ph.D. degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He is currently a Research Associate with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University as well as a chief R&D engineer at SPARQ Systems Inc., in Kingston, Ontario Canada. He collaborated with Freescale Semiconductor Inc., where he was the leader of a research team working on the design and implementation of power converters for an electric vehicle from 2008 to 2012. He is the author of more than 90 journal and conference proceeding papers and the holder of 30 U.S. patents. His current research interests include robust and nonlinear control in power electronics, advanced soft-switching methods in power converters, plug-in pure electric vehicles, PV-micro-inverters, and wind energy conversion systems.
Dr. Pahlevani is a member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society and Industrial Electronics Society. He is also the recipient of the “Engineering and Applied Sciences Outstanding Thesis” award from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, “Research Excellence Award” from IEEE Canada, and distinguished graduate student award from Isfahan University of Technology.