FREEDM Concept: Power Distribution System Modernization with Solid State Electronics and Integrated Renewables

Seminar on March 05, 2015, 11:00 AM at CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle des séminaires du L2S
Prof. Iqbal Husain

This FREEDM concept provides an architecture for a future electric power distribution system that is suitable for plug-and-play of distributed renewable energy and distributed energy storage devices. Motivated by the success of the (information) Internet, the FREEDM concept envisions the “Energy Internet,” a system that enables flexible energy sharing for consumers in a residential distribution system. One of the core technologies for the FREEDM system is the solid-state transformer (SST) which is a power electronic device, but makes use of high frequency transformer for isolated AC-AC power conversion. The SST not only dramatically decreases the volume and weight compared with the conventional power transformer, but also behave like a smart transformer with the advantage of power flow control, reactive power compensation capability, and potential fault current limitation. Besides, the regulated low voltage DC/AC bus of SST could be used as an interface to distributed renewable resources and storage devices such as wind, solar, charging stations, and DC micro-grid. The SST is an "Energy Router" proposed to provide such a compatible and flexible interface for energy routing. In addition to the role of a traditional ac transformer, the SST can also provide a low voltage (LV) DC bus. The bi-directional power flow capability of the SST provides possibilities to feed locally generated power back to the grid. Islanding can also be achieved when the HV side is disconnected from grid. The SST has been designed and built based on 13kV SiC MOSFET and JBS diode and is to be connected to medium voltage (MV) distribution network up to 7.2kV and output both a 380V low voltage (LV) dc and 120/240V ac.   

This talk will present the hardware research activities and results aimed at demonstrating the FREEDM concept followed by the power electronic controls for the SST. The experimental results of the developed DC/AC hybrid microgrid built to demonstrate the SST's ability to integrate different renewable energy sources and to improve grid quality will also be discussed.
 
Biography:

Dr. Iqbal Husain is the Director of the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Engineering Research Center and the ABB Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University where he joined in Fall 2011. Prior to coming to NC State he was serving as a faculty member at the University of Akron, Ohio for seventeen years. He was a visiting Professor at Oregon State University in 2001, and also lectured at Texas A&M University. Prof. Husain also serves as the Director of the Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC).He received the B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. 

Prof. Husain’s research interests are in the areas of control and modeling of electrical drives, design of electric machines, development of power conditioning circuits, microinverters for distributed power generation, inverter controls for grid synchronization, and modeling and control of electric and hybrid vehicle systems. The primary application of Prof. Husain’s work is in the transportation, automotive, aerospace, power system and renewable energy industries.

Prof. Husain was the General Co-Chair for Energy Conversion Congress & Expo (ECCE) 2012 in Raleigh, NC, the chairman of the IEEE-IAS Transportation Systems Committee, and the chairman of the IEEE-IAS Electric Machines Committee. Prof. Husain received the 2006 SAE Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award, the 2004 College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award, the 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the 1998 IEEE-IAS Outstanding Young Member award, and several IEEE-IAS prize paper awards. He was elected to be an IEEE Fellow in 2009.