IEEE Industry Application Society Student Branch Chapter Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in association with IA/IE/PEL Jt.Chapter Kerala organized an expert talk on the topic “Power Electronics for a Renewables-rich Grid – Applications and Challenges” on 17 December 2018 from 9.30AM to 11 AM at C106, Aerospace block, IIST campus. The expert talk was delivered by Dr. Abhijit Kshirsagar (University of Minnesota). IIST IAS SBC executive member Ms. Dharani Moka welcomed the participants and introduced the speaker to the audience.
Dr. Abhijit is a post-doctoral associate in Prof. Ned Mohan’s lab at the University of Minnesota and is currently working on Modula Multilevel Converter (MMC) topologies and high-frequency converters. He is also involved in teaching and has developed course material for the Consortium of Universities for Sustainable Power (CUSP). The talk was aimed at graduate and undergraduate students to provide an outline of the roles, importance, and challenges of power electronics in renewable energy-rich grid applications. The speaker gave a glimpse of the effects of climate change and global warming and the role of renewable energy in such a scenario. Currently, the electric and transportation sectors have huge carbon footprint due to the usage of non-renewable resources. The talk delivered the aspects of solar and wind energy power systems for reducing the carbon footprint and discussed the Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) based converter topologies used for utility. The talk also covered the challenges the utility might face with the rising penetration of renewables. 12 IEEE members and 14 guest participants attended the program. Executive member Ms. Arpita delivered a vote of thanks and the program was concluded with tea and snacks.