3-Part Series: Fundamentals of Electronics for Energy Generation, Conversion, Distribution, and Storage
Energy is the driver behind much of the innovation currently underway in the electronics industry. From its generation and conversion, to its storage and efficient distribution and usage. With this in mind, EETimes University, with the collaboration of the IEEE, presents “The Fundamentals of Electronics for Energy Generation, Conversion, Distribution, and Storage.” By dedicating one hour per day over three consecutive days, attendees will come away with an understanding of the electrical and electronic principles, technologies, and devices at the heart of current and future energy grid innovation.
Part 1: Energy Generation and Conversion
There are many ways to generate energy and convert it to a usable form. In Part 1 of this 3-Part series, we will discuss the various energy sources and their conversion to electrical energy for the grid. It will touch on sources including oil, gas, nuclear, hydro, and renewables such as wind and solar before focusing on the power architectures, topologies, and semiconductors required to support efficient energy conversion for secure and reliable deployment.
Part 2: Energy Distribution
The current infrastructure for the distribution of electrical energy has been in place for decades and supported by layers of innovation. As energy demand increases, however, utilities are tasked with securing the current power grid while increasing output and efficiency. This requires not only more programmable and efficient electronic transport and switching, but also the inclusion of alternative architectures, such as microgrids. Part 2 of this 3-Part series, will look at how the application of monitoring, control, and communication, along with advances in power semiconductors, are enabling the move to more cost-effective and reliable power distribution.
Part 3: Energy Storage and Management
While much of the development and innovation around energy storage technologies (typically batteries) are focused on applications such as electric vehicles (EVs) and mobile devices, this is carrying forward to home energy storage too. Part 3 of this 3-Part series, will look at developments in energy storage technologies, what’s needed to connect them to the grid and support and manage them, safely and efficiently.
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