Photovoltaic Energy Conversion Systems: Fundamentals and Trends
Title: Photovoltaic Energy Conversion Systems: Fundamentals and Trends
Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy has experienced an explosive growth over the last decade, motivated mainly by cost reduction, technology development, incentives and environmental awareness. Power electronics plays a fundamental role in enabling photovoltaic energy conversion to be efficient, reliable and grid-friendly. One of the main advantages of PV energy is that it is inherently modular, and unlike other energy sources, it allows the implementation of small-, medium- and large-scale generation systems, ranging from pocket calculators and rooftop systems to large multi-megawatt PV farms. However, system requirements, performance specifications, regulations and even the economics behind the different power scales impose very different design constraints and requirements from a power electronics perspective, leading to very distinct PV power converter classes and technology. This seminar will cover some of the trends, new paradigms and drivers in current PV converter R&D status, and discuss which are the opportunities and challenges being faced by academia and industry. Some of the ongoing research projects on this topic carried out at the Chilean Solar Energy Research Center (SERC Chile) and the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E) will be addressed.
Speaker: Samir Kouro
Panelist: Jose I. Leon & Andrii Chubb
Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Time: 9:30am (Chilean time)