13 September 2016

Call for papers: "Advanced Power Electronics for Distributed Generation and Microgrids"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Power Electronics.

The capacity and size of conventional power systems are critical for economic installation and operation. Distributed generation (DG) is the new trend to accommodate various renewable power sources including micro hydro, biomass, biogas, solar power, wind power, and geothermal power etc. DG systems generally refer to small-scale electric power generators that produce electricity at the sites close to end users and are tied to grid.

Another trend is the modern and localised microgrid, which is also small-scale on contrary to the centralised electric network. A microgrid can operate either independently or interconnected with the area electric power system. Since microgrids increasingly employ a mixture of DGs, it is important to be considered together to represent the future grid solution.

Power electronics plays an important role for both DGs and microgrids. Power electronics are essential for controlling voltage conversion and power flow in different levels of DGs and microgrids. It becomes a timely and essential research subject to lead the energy solution with high efficiency and high reliability. The objective of this special issue is to attract quality submission addressing the various aspects of the advances of power electronic systems for both DGs and microgrids.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • System architecture:
    • Modular configuration for high reliability
    • Advanced configuration for high efficiency
    • Architecture for the highest renewable energy harvest
  • Converter topology for high efficiency:
    • Grid-side converters
    • Load side converters
    • PV side converters
    • Battery side converters
    • Turbine side converters
    • Using the latest semiconductor technologies, such as wide-band gap devices
  • Safety and protection:
    • Over current protection
    • Over voltage protection
    • Ground fault protection
  • Advance of control and coordination:
    • System coordination, optimisation and balancing
    • Voltage regulation
    • Current regulation
    • Dynamic modelling and simulation
    • Modulation technology
    • Maximum power point tracking of renewable energy source
  • Other subjects:
    • Microgrid and hybrid power and energy systems
    • Microgrid power flow analysis
    • Power quality enhancement
    • Reliability analysis
    • Environment impact

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 March, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 June, 2017
Final versions due: 31 July, 2017

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