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 cost and performance. The presentation will cover the developments in wind, PV and other renewable energy systems from kW to MW and will discuss which power electronic solutions are most feasible, cost effective and also review future trends in wide band gap power semiconductor device applications.
Prasad N. Enjeti (M'85-SM88-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 PhD 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.
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