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Real-Time Simulation Methods of Power Electronic Systems

Joint Webinar with IEEE Power Electronics Society
Presenter:  Dr. Fei Gao, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard
Date:  Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 11:00am EST

Abstract: Real-time simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) techniques emerge as indispensable tools in the design, modeling, testing and validation of modern power electronic systems. Different from an offline simulation, real-time simulation depends not only on the results of logical / arithmetic calculations of the model, but also on physical time (real-time) when these results are produced. Today, high accuracy real-time simulation and HIL of modern power electronics is still a great challenge. Power electronics components models are characterized by their high switching frequency and on-off characteristics. Mathematical models that contain a number of power electronic components can lead to serious real-time simulation problems (e.g. limited simulation time step size, large memory to store circuit topology due to on-off states of power switches, etc.). Solve such mathematical models while meeting the strict time constraint requires the development of specific real-time simulation techniques.

In this presentation, a general introduction of real-time simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) technology is first given. State-of-art modeling approaches for power electronic switches, as well as electric network formulations of power electronic systems are then presented, and their advantages and drawbacks are discussed with commercial solution examples. The main hardware implementation platforms (CPU and FPGA) for real-time simulation models are also compared. At last, a simple example of how to implement a Floating Interleaved Boost Converter (FIBC) model in real-time simulation platform for controller Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) application is provided using the previously presented techniques.


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Prof. Fei Gao received the Master's degree in electrical and control system engineering in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in renewable energy with distinguished Youth Doctor Award in 2010, both from the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard (UTBM), Belfort, France. He is currently a Full Professor at the School of Energy and Computer science of UTBM, where he was an Associate Professor between 2011 and 2017. Prof. Gao is the Fellow of IET and the holder of the French research expertise bonus (PEDR) by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. 

He is also the Editor-in-Chief (2019-2021) of IEEE Industrial Electronics Technology News, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification and IEEE Open Journal of Industrial Electronics Society, and the Chair of Fuel Cell System Architecture Optimization Research Axis of the national Fuel Cell Research Federation FCLAB in France. He has been Chair of the Conferences/Workshops Committee of IEEE Transportation Electrification Community since 2017 and currently serves as Chair of the Technical Committee on Transportation Electrification of the IEEE Industry Electronics Society since 2018 and serves as Secretary of the Technical Committee on Vehicle and Transportation Systems of IEEE Power Electronics Society since 2019.


New Technologies and Global Energy Efficiency Regulation Developments for Electric Motors and Drives

Sponsored by the IEEE Industry Applications Society
Presenter:  Anibal T. De Almeida, University of Coimbra:  Institute for Systems and Robotics
Date:  Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:00am EST

 Abstract:  Energy-efficient motor systems have a huge electricity savings potential, presenting a cost-effective option for reducing GHG emissions. The electric motor market has witnessed a major change in the last decade in several aspects: in technology leading to the availability higher efficiency models, in content with energy-efficiency policies, the need for more sustainable industrial production and in its economy due to increasing electricity prices, all aspects contributing to push the market towards more energy-efficient electric motors.

Additionally, the growing market penetration of Variable Speed Drives (VSD), introducing large energy savings in systems with variable loads, was accompanied by a growing concern over their operating efficiency in full and especially in part-load, as well as in standby mode.

In Europe, recent developments in motors and drives efficiency regulation under the umbrella of the Ecodesign Directive have highlighted the significant savings that can still be achieved in the field by raising the minimum efficiency performance standards (MEPS) for motors and introducing new standards for Variable Speed Drives (VSDs).

This webinar presents an overview of minimum efficiency standards around the World, analyses the relationship between the introduction of new regulations and the development of new technologies, as well as the potential impact in terms of electricity savings and corresponding reduction in GHG emissions.

The increasing number of countries implementing MEPS for motors, together with the growing awareness within governments and industry towards the importance of energy-efficiency and its multiple benefits, has led to the market introduction of new technologies with great improvements in the energy efficiency of motors, which now reach levels well above the IE3 level, known as Super- and Ultra-Premium Efficiency Motors (IE4 and IE5, respectively), and of high-efficiency VSDs.

Biography:  Anibal T. De Almeida (Ph.D.) is a Full Professor in the University of Coimbra and Director of the Institute for Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, Portugal.  He has been responsible for over 50 funded national and international projects in the areas of industrial technologies, energy-efficient technologies, motors, and drives.

He has been Associate Editor of the journal IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Energy Efficiency Journal from Springer Nature.  He was General Chair of major IEEE conferences: IEEE EPQU 2011 and IEEE IROS 2012 (IROS is the largest robotics conference in the World). He is a Member of the IROS Advisory Committee (2015-to present).  He is co-author of six books and over 300 papers in international journals and conferences with over 4500 citations.  He was a Member of the High Technology Panel of NATO Scientific and Environmental Affairs Division 1993-2000. 

He is the Co-Chairman of the IEEE Technical Committee on Energy, Environment and Safety of the Robotics and Automation Society, 2014-to present.  Since 2018 he is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.  In 2015 he received a CEMRA award of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for his work on educational materials on energy harvesting integration in mobile robots.  He is a consultant of international institutions including the European Commission, US-Department of Energy, US-Agency for International Development, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, California Institute for Energy Efficiency, Electric Power Research Institute, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, UNDP, UNIDO GEF, and CLASP. He is a regular evaluator of research proposals both for the European Union and for national governments (USA, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Chile, Kazakhstan, and Portugal).  He is a member of the Board of Directors of CLASP (Washington, USA) a major player at an international level to advance sustainable energy technologies around the World (2014-to present).  

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