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PCIM Europe Webinars

PCIM Europe presents user-oriented, digital webinars. Here, you can find all important information about the PCIM Europe webinar series, which take place during the year. You can expect an extensive offer from all areas of power electronics with exclusive exchange opportunities with experts from the industry.

Device Design and Reliability of Fast-Switching Power Devices

Thomas Basler
Thomas Basler

Thomas Basler from Chemnitz University of Technology
Date: 30 May 2022, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Content:
1. New developments in fast power devices

  • SiC/Si MOSFETs
  • IGBTs
  • GaN devices
  • Freewheeling diodes

2. Device design, properties and suitable applications

3. Reliability topics of (new) devices

  • Gate-oxide reliability
  • Dynamic RDS,ON of GaN devices
  • Cosmic-ray ruggedness
  • Power-cycling capability

Engineers designing converters equipped with fast power semiconductors like Si/SiC MOSFETs, GaN switches, IGBTs and diodes and want to know more about the device internals and special properties.

Thomas Basler, Professor for Power Electronics, Chemnitz University of Technology

Thomas Basler received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Chemnitz University of Technology in 2009. His Diploma thesis was on the robustness of power diodes. Between 2009 and 2013 he was a member of the scientific staff at the Chair of Power Electronics and Electromagnetic Compatibility at Chemnitz University of Technology. At the beginning of 2014 he received his PhD. His thesis is about short-circuit and surge-current ruggedness of IGBTs and was supervised by Prof. Dr. Josef Lutz. 2014 he joined Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, where he worked on the development of SiC MOSFETs, diodes and Si IGBTs. In April 2020, he has taken over the Chair of Power Electronics from Prof. Lutz at TU Chemnitz as a Professor. Further, he is member of the SiC technical committee at the IRPS conference, advisory member in JEDEC task groups for SiC topics and co-founder of the Chemnitz Power Labs GmbH. He has contributed to 40 patent applications and is author/co-author of more than 50 publications.

Rate: 350 Euro

Insight in Modern Capacitor Technologies for Power Electronic Applications

Thomas Ebel
Thomas Ebel

Thomas Ebel from University of Southern Denmark
Date: 31 May 2022, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Content:
Capacitors are one of the fundamental components in electronics. Nowadays the increasing power density and new semiconductor power devices like SiC or GaN are requiring new capacitors and designs.

This PCIM Europe 2022 capacitor webinar will introduction into different capacitor technologies like Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitors (Wet, Polymer, Hybrid); Metallized Film Capacitors (inc. Power Capacitors), Ceramic Capacitors and Supercapacitors with a focus:

  • Physics
  • Properties of different Capacitor Technologies
  • Materials for capacitors
  • Applications of capacitors with dedicated design in examples
  • Discussion of reliability and lifetime models
  • R&D Engineers
  • Field application engineers

Thomas Ebel, Head of Center and Section, University of Southern Denmark

Academic Degrees

  • 1995  PhD Solid State Chemistry
  • 1992 Master in Chemistry

Positions

  • 2018 – Associate Professor, Head of Centre and Section, Centre for Industrial Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Sønderborg SDU, Denmark
  • 2008 – 2018 Managing Director and Shareholder, FTCAP GmbH, Germany (now Mersen), Manufacturer of Aluminium Electrolytic and Metallized Film Capacitors (180 People, 20 Mio Eu Revenue)
  • 2001 – 2008 Chief Technical Officer (Board member), Becromal SpA, Milano, Italy (now TDK foil; 180 people 200 Mio Eu sales revenue); Foils for Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitors
  • 1995-2001 R&D Engineer and R&D Director, Siemens Matsushita Components

ORCID ID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8473-4471

 

Rate: 350 Euro

Model Predictive Control of Power Converters: Control Methods and Industrial Applications

Tobias Geyer, Ralph M. Kennel
Tobias Geyer, Ralph M. Kennel

Tobias Geyer, ABB Switzerland and Ralph M. Kennel from Technical University of Munich
Date: 04 July 2022, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Content:
This webinar focuses on model predictive control schemes for industrial power electronics. Control methods are proposed that maximize the performance of power electronics converters by ensuring fast and robust control at low harmonic distortions. The industrial needs and customer benefits of the new control methods will be explained in detail. Model predictive control is particularly promising for high-power drives, traction converters for railways and electric vehicles, and grid-connected converters used in renewable energy systems and HVDC.

The main subject areas covered in this webinar are:

1. Introduction to predictive control

2. Finite control set model predictive control

  • Predictive control of z-source converters
  • Predictive sensorless control of drives
  • Noise reduction in drives

3. Finite control set model predictive control with long prediction horizons

  • Sphere decoding and three-level converter with an LC filter
  • Model predictive pulse pattern control: Fast closed-loop control of optimized pulse patterns and industrial applications

4. Discussion

Engineers, researchers and students interested in high-performance control methods in the time-domain, particularly model predictive control.

Tobias Geyer, Senior Principal Scientist, ABB Switzerland

Tobias Geyer received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering, the Ph.D. in control engineering and the Habilitation degree in power electronics from ETH Zurich in the years 2000, 2005 and 2017, respectively. Having worked for GE Global Research in Munich, the University of Auckland in New Zealand and ABB Corporate Research in Switzerland, he joined in 2020 ABB’s medium-voltage drives business as R&D platform manager of the ACS6080.

Dr. Geyer holds 35 patents, teaches at ETH Zurich, and was appointed as an extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University in South Africa from 2017 to 2023. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Power Electronics Society from 2020 until 2023 and a Fellow of the IEEE.


Ralph Kennel, Professor for Electrical Drive Systems and Power Electronics, Technical University of Munich

Ralph M. Kennel received his Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Kaiserslautern in 1984. From 1983 to 1999 he worked for Robert BOSCH GmbH (Germany). From 1999 to 2008 he was Professor for Electrical Machines and Drives at Wuppertal University (Germany). Since 2008 he has been Professor for Electrical Drive Systems and Power Electronics at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany). Professor Kennel was awarded a doctor honoris causa (Dr. h.c.) from Universitatea Stefan cel Mare in Suceava (Romania), received the Harry Owen Distinguished Service Award from PELS, and the Distinguished Service and Outstanding Achievement Awards from EPE.

Rate: 350 Euro

Hybrid Grids: DC Technology to Unlock Capacity of AC Systems

Marius Langwasser, Marco Liserre, Hrishikesan Madhavan
Marius Langwasser, Marco Liserre, Hrishikesan Madhavan

Marius Langwasser, Marco Liserre and Hrishikesan Madhavan from University of Kiel
Date: 15 September 2022, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Content:
The use of DC in transmission and distribution leads to an increase in efficiency and controllability, and it reduces the size and cost of the infrastructure. AC is anyway widespread, and it offers reduced challenges for protection and voltage adaptation. It is foreseen a future in which both AC and DC infrastructures will coexist into a hybrid system using the best of the two worlds. The present AC system can be optimally operated with the flexibility of hybrid system using the applications of HVDC terminals and Smart Transformer.

This webinar will start from analysing real test cases of hybrid systems, like EV-charging stations, PV-parks, wind farms, harbor and airport infrastructures, as well as the new hydrogen infrastructures. It will show how HVDC and Smart Transformer can contribute in unlocking the hidden potential of AC grids, making use of voltage control, grid forming operation, active and reactive power flow control. It will also illustrate the hybrid grid contribution to the protection against faults using its power electronic terminals. The tutorial will also briefly review the power electronics converters like DC/DC, MMC and four-leg inverters to optimally embed the flexibility of DC into AC.

System operators, manufactures, R&D from industries with the background in power electronics.

Marius Langwasser, Research Assistant, University of Kiel

Marius Langwasser received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from Kiel University, Germany, in 2016 and 2021, respectively. Currently, he is senior post-doctoral scientific staff member and leader of the group “Hybrid Grids” at the Chair of Power Electronics at Kiel University, Germany. He is responsible for the Kopernikus-project ENSURE and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Action Wingrid. His research interests include control and protection of hybrid grids and ancillary service provision with HVDC and Smart Transformers.

Marco Liserre, Professor and Head of the Chair of Power Electronics, University of Kiel

Marco Liserre has been a full professor holding the chair of power electronics at Kiel University, Germany since 2013. He has been awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project “The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer (HEART), a new Heart for the Electric Distribution System”.
He has received the IES 2011 Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, the 2014 Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award, 2017 IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award and the 2018 IEEE-IES Mittelmann Achievement Award. He is listed in the ISI Thomson report “The world’s most influential scientific minds” from 2014 and in the Clarivate Analytics report “Highly Cited Researchers” from 2020.

Hrishikesan Madhavan, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Kiel

Hrishikesan Vadakkedath Madhavan currently works as a post-doctoral scientific staff member at the Chair of Power Electronics at Kiel University, Germany. He received PhD degree from Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India, in 2021. He received B.Tech. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Government Engineering College, Thrissur, India, in 2011 and M.Tech. degree in Power Systems from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, in 2014. His research interests are hybrid grids and power quality.

Rate: 350 Euro

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