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TC News! Technical Committee on Smart Grid

4 June, 2015

The Smart Grid is the next-generation electrical power system that is typified by the increased use of communications and information technology in the generation, delivery and consumption of electrical energy. The term Smart Grid refers to electricity networks that can intelligently integrate the behavior and actions of all agents, i.e. generators, customers, service and information providers, allowing a less centralized and more consumer interactive paradigm for electric energy distribution. The Industrial Electronics Society (IES) encompasses a wide range of R&D areas that are fundamentally elated to Smart Grids, from Power and Energy to Communication and Information Technologies, and is well positioned to tackle large scale R&D issues in Smart Grids of cross-disciplinary nature that require an integrated multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Smart Grids brings together expertise of IES members to address technical challenges from a system viewpoint for the advancement of Smart Grids Technology.

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Utility Function-Based Real-Time Control of A Battery-Ultracapacitor Hybrid Energy System

4 June, 2015

Currently, batteries are one of the most commonly used energy storage devices. However, their energy and power densities, reliability, cycle-life and management are always their limitations, and thus batteries alone often cannot meet load requirements efficiently and continuously. A hybrid energy system, formed by combining multiple energy storage devices (e.g., battery, ultracapacitor, flywheel, fuel cell, etc.) and generators (e.g., micro-turbine, wind turbine, PV panel, etc.), has proved to be a feasible solution to meet the energy/power requirements with improved flexibility, reliability and cost efficiency. Since the system configuration and behavior of the hybrid system are becoming more complex, the optimized management and control of a hybrid energy system is still a challenging task. To achieve the optimal solution to this energy management problem, it is especially important to represent and take advantage of the characteristics of each component and the interactive relationship among them. Compared to centralized control approaches, modeling and control of the components as independent but related agents fully respect the performance and requirements of various individual components. This agent-based approach can improve the synergy, and thus, the flexibility, scalability, fault-tolerance and reliability of the hybrid energy systems, and also can reduce required computational efforts.

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Distribution System Harmonics Compensation Methods - An Overview of DG Interfacing Inverters

3 June, 2015

With the growing application of nonlinear loads in the distribution system, power quality issues, especially the harmonics, is becoming a concern in the power systems.To maintain a good power quality, enforcing the adoption of more active or passive filtersto compensate the distribution system harmonics is urgent. Considering that DG units are increasingly installed in power distribution systems and their interfacing converter can have a rapid harmonic current control as an active power filter, it is technically feasible for power electronics interfaced DG units to actively regulate the power quality of the distribution system.

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TC News! Technical Committee on Motion Control

27 May, 2015

The TC aims at promoting initiatives in all areas of Motion Control, with a greater attention to the following themes: High precision/high performance motion control systems Telerobotics and haptics Identification in motion control Control of MEMS

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Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems: An Overview of Recent Research and Emerging PV Converter Technology

11 May, 2015

Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion systems have had a huge growth from an accumulative total power equal approximately to 1.2GW in 1992 to 136GW in 2013 (36GW during 2013). This phenomenon has been possible because of several factors, all working together to push the PV energy to attain an important position nowadays (and potentially a fundamental position in the near future). Among these factors are the cost reduction and increase in efficiency of the PV modules, the search for alternative clean energy sources (not based on fossil fuels), the environmental awareness and favorable political regulations from local governments (establishing feed-in tariffs designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy technologies).

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TC-10: Human Factors
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TC-13: Industrial Informatics
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TC-14: MEMS & Nanotechnologies
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TC-15: Motion Control
Roberto Oboe - Chair (2014-2015)
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