Abstract: Future advanced electric power systems will have practically all loads interfaced to energy sources through power electronics equipment. Furthermore, all alternative, sustainable, and distributed energy sources, as well as energy storage systems, can only be connected to the electric grid through power electronics converters. Anticipated widespread usage of new power electronics technologies in electrical energy generation and consumption is expected to improve energy availability, power density, and overall energy and power efficiency in all electrical systems.
This seminar will discuss current and expected trends for future ac and dc electronic power distribution system architectures in multiple applications, such as electric vehicles, aircrafts, ships, data centers, and the power grid. Several ideas and possible methodologies for modeling, analysis, and system-level design of such systems, including power flow control, protection, stability, and subsystem interactions, will be presented.
Bio: Sara Ahmed received a B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. She is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests are in the area of modeling, simulation, and analysis of power electronics systems with a focus on stability, fault analysis, integration of renewables, and design and control of three-phase converters and ac drives.