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Special Issue "Advances in Power Electronic Converters with Application in Renewable Energy Sources"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Electrical Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2022 | Viewed by 802

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Seleme Isaac Seleme Jr.
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Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Escola de Engenharia, Departamento de Engenharia Eletronica, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Interests: electric drives; renewable energy
Prof. Dr. Heverton Augusto Pereira
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Department of Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Vicosa, Vicosa 36570-900, MG, Brazil
Interests: power electronics; wind energy
Prof. Dr. Allan Fagner Cupertino
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Department of Materials Engineering, Federal Center for Technological Education of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Interests: power electronics; renewable energy systems; power quality; electric drives

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an urgent need to reduce the environmental impact caused by electricity production, moving from fossil or nuclear energy to renewable energy (mainly solar or wind). The fact that renewable sources are intermittent in nature (i.e., not continuously available for conversion into electricity) makes it difficult to provide a stable, reliable electricity supply. Making renewable energy systems technically and economically viable is at the core of this challenge, where a very important asset is the power converter—its design and control, pursuing sustainability, reliability, and performance—in the vast range of its applicability. A great number of research works have been devoted to both the advances in electronic power converters and renewable energy sources, either connected to the grid or isolated. The combination of these two important research subjects is quite important, as the urgency of facing the challenge of replacing fossil energy with renewable energy becomes paramount. There has been a growing and unprecedented number of technical problems and challenges in the last few years stemming from this pursuit. The aim of this Special Issue is to publish recent original research advances in power converters applied to renewable energy. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and advanced control techniques for power converters; 
  • Intelligent control and integration of power electronic systems;
  • Improved efficiency converters;
  • Advanced power electronic devices—assessment and application;  
  • Reliability-oriented design and modelling;  
  • Multilevel converters in HVDC;  
  • Multilevel converter STATCOMs;  
  • Modulation techniques;  
  • Battery-based energy storage;  
  • Design and control of power converters for electric vehicles;  
  • Modelling approaches for integrated energy systems;  
  • Real-time simulation.

Prof. Dr. Seleme Isaac Seleme Jr.
Prof. Dr. Heverton Augusto Pereira
Prof. Dr. Allan Fagner Cupertino
Guest Editors

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  • power electronics
  • renewable energy
  • power converter
  • energy storage
  • multilevel converters
  • reliability
  • efficiency
  • multilevel converters
  • control design
  • modelling of switching converters
  • digital simulation
  • electric vehicles
  • modulation

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Benchmarking of Single-Stage and Two-Stage Approaches for an MMC-Based BESS
Energies 2022, 15(10), 3598; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/en15103598 - 14 May 2022
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Modular multilevel converter-based battery energy storage systems (MMC-based BESS) can play an important role when applied to power systems, for example, stabilizing and improving power quality. The integration of batteries in an MMC is usually performed in two ways: single-stage (SS) and two-stage [...] Read more.
Modular multilevel converter-based battery energy storage systems (MMC-based BESS) can play an important role when applied to power systems, for example, stabilizing and improving power quality. The integration of batteries in an MMC is usually performed in two ways: single-stage (SS) and two-stage (TS) (i.e., with dc/dc converter). Different references discuss the control strategies, sizing methodologies, and the advantages/drawbacks of these approaches. However, a deep comparison of these topologies is still missing in the literature. Thus, benchmarking SS and TS approaches is provided in this work. The battery current spectrum, the battery lifetime, the converter power losses, and the total costs are evaluated for both approaches. In addition, energy oversizing due to rounding is an important figure of merit since batteries account for a large amount of the costs. The case study is evaluated considering commercial battery racks (standard solution) and battery cells (customized solution). For the case studies, different insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) models and states of charge (SOC) ranges are considered. The system under review is a 10.9 MVA/5.76 MWh connected to a 13.8 kV power system. This system aims to perform a time-shift for an industry. In an analysis to optimize the costs of a project that evaluates several variables, the best configuration option is found in the most balanced option. In this sense, when balancing costs in project sizing, power losses, and battery replacement, the optimal design is the SS approach in the customized solution. Full article
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