Power electronics - key technology for renewable energy systems

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The electrical energy consumption continues to grow and more applications are based on electricity. We can expect that more 60% of all energy consumption will be converted and used as electricity. Therefore, it is a demand that production, distribution and use of electrical energy are done as efficient as possible. Further, the emerging climate changes is arguing to find sustainable future solutions. Of many options, two major technologies will play important roles to solve parts of those future problems. One is to change the electrical power production from conventional, fossil based energy sources to renewable energy sources. Another is to use high efficient power electronics in power generation, power transmission/distribution and end-user application. This paper discuss trends of the most emerging renewable energy sources, wind energy and photovoltaics, which by means of power electronics are changing and challenging the future electrical infrastructure but also contributes steadily more to non-carbon based electricity production. Most focus in the paper is on the power electronics technologies used. In the case of photovoltaics transformer-less systems are discussed as they have the potential to obtain the highest efficiencies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd Power Electronics, Drive Systems and Technologies Conference (PEDSTC 2011)
Number of pages22
PublisherIEEE Press
Publication date16 Feb 2011
ISBN (Print)978-1-61284-422-0
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2011
Event2nd Power Electronics, Drive Systems and Technologies Conference - Tehran, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Duration: 16 Feb 201117 Feb 2011


Conference2nd Power Electronics, Drive Systems and Technologies Conference
CountryIran, Islamic Republic of


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