The requirement for distributed real-time control in the future grid using power converters is being driven by rapid growth in distributed energy resources, microgrids and the need for dynamic real-time balancing between generation and loads. The move from centralized control to massively decentralized and distributed control raises further challenges, both in terms of the converters and feasible control strategies, as well as the architecture and infrastructure required to manage and operate such a system. This presentation will discuss power converter topologies, control strategies and system architecture for managing such a future grid and related loads. Key topics include hybrid transformers, solid-state transformers and universal converters for a variety of applications, and grid integration strategies for managing a fleet of such devices to deliver value for the future and present grid.
Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures. Dr. Divan is a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal.