With rapid improvements in the performance-per-dollar of digitally controlled high-power-grid-tied inverters and converters, designers would be wise to examine their choice of power electronics transistors and circuit topologies. Join us for a fast paced overview of modern and emerging trends in smart grid power electronics and take away the following:
- Learn the latest circuit design topologies that are currently available
- Discover new strategies for achieving the required performance and energy efficiency
- Examine the tradeoffs between alternatives
- Analyze the emerging option of high efficiency Silicon-Carbide (SiC) power MOSFETS and understand their benefits, selection criteria and related design considerations
- Optimize the performance of a chosen circuit design through FPGA-based advanced digital control techniques
Kyle B. Clark, Engineering Manager, Dynapower Company, South Burlington, VT, USA
Mr. Clark is currently the Advanced Systems Engineering Manager at Dynapower Company. He and his team of programmers, engineers and technicians are responsible for the development of Dynapower product lines including High Power Converters, Grid-Tied 60 Hz Inverters, Battery Management Systems and High Voltage Modulators. Prior to joining Dynapower, Mr. Clark was the V.P. of Engineering and founding partner of iTherm Technologies. He attended Harvard University, school of Applied Mathematics and Engineering where he was awarded the 2004 Engineering Thesis of the Year award for his work in flight dynamics and control algorithms. Mr. Clark has conducted complex engineering studies in the fields of power electronics, electromagnetics, mechanics, heat transfer and control algorithms. He has authored papers in the fields of controls, pulse modulators and heat transfer. Mr. Clark currently is an adjunct professor of Power Electronics at the University of Vermont.
Mrinal K. Das, Ph.D., Product Marketing Manager and Power Device Scientist at Cree, Inc.
Mrinal has been intimately involved in the SiC power device technology since 1995 as a Graduate Student at Purdue University and as a Power Device Scientist with Cree Power R&D. His research has focused on the performance and reliability of SiC MOSFETs in the 1.2 kV to 10 kV range while demonstrating the first 13 kV SiC n-IGBT and the first stable SiC PiN diodes in the 3.3 kV to 20 kV range. He has authored over 60 publications, presented 12 invited seminars, and received 3 IEEE Best Presentation Awards and 14 US patents.
In 2012, Mrinal joined Cree SiC Power Products Group as a Product Marketing Manager. In that role, Mrinal is focused on promoting Cree’s SiC device technology in mainstream commercial applications.
Brian MacCleery, Product Manager for Clean Energy Technology at National Instruments
Brian’s mission is to facilitate the design, prototyping and deployment of advanced embedded systems technologies that will help make clean energy less expensive and more abundant than fossil fuels. Brian works with green engineering companies worldwide to help them accelerate their commercialization process through the use of high-level graphical programming software and cutting edge reconfigurable embedded instrumentation and control hardware.
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Author and Editor of several market reports on nanotechnology
Contributing editor for IEEE Spectrum’s Tech Talk
Program Director for numerous international conferences on nanotechnology, fiber optic
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