Power Electronics for Photovoltaic Power Systems

Power Electronics for Photovoltaic Power Systems

Mahinda Vilathgamuwa, Dulika Nayanasiri, Shantha Gamini
ISBN: 9781627057752 | PDF ISBN: 9781627057769
Copyright © 2015 | 131 Pages | Publication Date: August, 2015

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The world energy demand has been increasing in a rapid manner with the increase of population and rising standard of living. The world population has nearly doubled in the last 40 years from 3.7 billion people to the present 7 billion people. It is anticipated that world population will grow towards 8 billion around 2030. Furthermore, the conventional fossil fuel supplies become unsustainable as the energy demand in emerging big economies such as China and India would rise tremendously where the China will increase its energy demand by 75% and India by 100% in the next 25 years. With dwindling natural resources, many countries throughout the world have increasingly invested in renewable resources such as photovoltaics (PV) and wind.

The world has seen immense growth in global photovoltaic power generation over the last few decades. For example, in Australia, renewable resources represented nearly 15% of total power generation in 2013. Among renewable resources, solar and wind account for 38% of generation. In near future, energy in the domestic and industrial sector will become "ubiquitous" where consumers would have multiple sources to get their energy. Another such prediction is that co-location of solar and electrical storage will see a rapid growth in global domestic and industrial sectors; conventional power companies, which dominate the electricity market, will face increasing challenges in maintaining their incumbent business models.

The efficiency, reliability and cost-effectiveness of the power converters used to interface PV panels to the mains grid and other types of off-grid loads are of major concern in the process of system design. This book describes state-of-the-art power electronic converter topologies used in various PV power conversion schemes. This book aims to provide a reader with a wide variety of topologies applied in different circumstances so that the reader would be able to make an educated choice for a given application.

Table of Contents

PV Power Conversion Systems
Centralized PV Power Conversion Systems
Distributed PV Power Conversion Systems
Active Power Decoupling in Single-Phase Micro Inverters
Energy Storage Interfacing
Authors' Biographies

About the Author(s)

Mahinda Vilathgamuwa, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Mahinda Vilathgamuwa obtained his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Moratuwaand University of Cambridge in 1984 and 1988, respectively. In 1985 he started his academic career as an assistant lecturer at University of Moratuwa. Later, after obtaining a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Cambridge, England, he became a Senior Lecturer at the same University. Since 1993 Mahinda served as an academic in the capacities of Lecturer, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In 2014 he joined the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia where he is currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Mahinda is also a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dulika Nayanasiri, University of Moratuwa
Dulika Nayanasiri received his B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2010 and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2015. Currently, he is working as a lecturer in the Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering department at University of Moratuwa. His research interests include power electronic converters and their application in renewable energy, especially in grid-connected photovoltaic systems.

Shantha Gamini, University of Tasmania, Australia
Shantha Gamini received his B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2003, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2013. From 2011-2015 he worked as an Electrical Systems Engineer at Rolls Royce Advanced Technology Centre in Singapore. Currently, he is a lecturer in maritime electrical engineering at the Australian Maritime College at University of Tasmania, Australia. His research interests include power electronic converters, renewable energy technologies, grid integration of energy systems, shipboard power systems, and electric propulsion. Dr. Shantha has published over 30 scientific papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

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