The scope of the conference covers the following 10 tracks and 9 special sessions:

TT01. Power Electronic Converter Topologies, Design and Control, Power Supplies
TT02. Power Electronics in Transportation (Road, Aerospace, Marine and Railway Vehicles, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles)
TT03. Power Electronics in Electrical Energy Systems (Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Smart Grid Technologies, Renewable Energy Systems)
TT04. Electrical Machines and Actuators
TT05. Motion Control, Adjustable Speed Drives
TT06. Robotics and Mechatronics
TT07. Sensors, Measurement and Observation Techniques
TT08. Active Filtering and Unity Power Factor Correction
TT09. Semiconductor Devices Modelling, Packaging and Integration
TT10. Education


SS02. Demand Response in Smart Grid
SS03. Intelligent Fault Monitoring and Fault-Tolerant Control in Power Electronics and Electric Drives
SS04. Power electronics and control technology application to railway power supply systems
SS05. Application of nature-inspired approaches to motion control
SS06. Multilevel Converters for Drives, Renewable Energy and Grid Power Quality Applications
SS07. Efficient and Reliable Hybrid and Electric Propulsion Systems
SS08. Electrical Energy Systems with High Temperature Superconducting Technology (HTS)
SS09. Concentrating Solar Photo-Voltaic-Thermal Collectors: Efficiency, Redesign and Industrial Applications

 

SS02 Special Session Proposal
Title: Demand Response in Smart Grid
Acronym: DRSG
Chair: Zaiyue YANG, Ph.D., Professor, Zhejiang University, China, yangzy@zju.edu.cn

Short Description:
The power grid is a large interconnected infrastructure for delivering electricity from power plants to end users. Now, traditional grids are facing kinds of challenges, and the world is proposing to modernize legacy and make strides toward smart grids. Smart meters and two-way communications enable the penetration of demand response into smart grids, which leverage the information and communication technologies to achieve efficient and economical power generation, distribution and utilization. At the core of innovative smart grid technologies, demand response faces specific technical issues worth exploring, such as price uncertainty, renewable generation, energy storage, and etc., which make the topic more practical and complex. In this session, recent contributions of demand response in smart grid will be shown and discussed.

List of Topics:
 Demand response architectures
 Modeling residential, commercial, and/or industrial user behaviors
 Price prediction and/or load forecasting
 Integration of renewable energy (solar photovoltaic panel, wind turbine, and etc.)
 Demand response with energy storage
 Plug-in electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid
 Energy management systems
 Microgrids and electricity markets
 Demand response experiences, testbeds and/or experiments



SS03 Special Session Proposal
Title:
Intelligent Fault Monitoring and Fault-Tolerant Control in Power Electronics and Drives
Acronym: IFTC-PED
Chairs:
Prof. dr hab. Teresa ORLOWSKA-KOWALSKA, teresa.orlowska-kowalska@pwr.edu.pl
Prof. dr Vanja AMBROZIC, vanjaa@fe.uni-lj.si
Prof. dr Rastko FIŠER, rastko.fiser@fe.uni-lj.si
Dr hab. Mateusz DYBKOWSKI, mateusz.dybkowski@pwr.edu.pl

Short description:
Variable speed AC motor drives with electronic power converters have been developed for a long time and obtained matured technology. Nowadays, this technology is widely used in industrial, commercial and also domestic applications. Consequently, the reliability of adjustable speed AC motor drives is also an area of great interest for the drives community. This is particularly the case for the aerospace, military and automotive industries that are widely introducing variable speed drives in order to improve the system performance and efficiency. In such applications, the continuous drive operation could be critical and must be insured, despite of failures that may occur in the inverter-fed AC motor drive. Based on the idea of keeping the drive operating after an inverter or incipient motor fault detection, the need of diagnostic and fault-tolerant systems and techniques has inspired extensive research in this area in recent years.

The aim of this special session is to discuss recent developments concerning the fault detection and diagnosis methods as well as fault-tolerant control strategies for AC motor drives applied in different industrial processes, according to the topics listed below.

Potential Authors are encouraged to send papers describing theoretical and practical problems in the field as well as comparative and survey papers.

List of topics includes:
- Intelligent fault detection and diagnostics in power converters using different methods and techniques, including signal processing and artificial intelligence based methods.
- Monitoring and diagnostics of AC motor drives faults, including converter, motor and sensor faults.
- Modern tools for fault diagnostics: neural networks, fuzzy logic, expert systems, estimators and observers, signal processing techniques.
- Fault-tolerant control methods, including redundant topologies of converters and motors.




SS04 Special Session Proposal

Title: Power electronics and control technology application to railway power supply system
Acronym: PECTR
Chair: Hitoshi HAYASHIYA, Dr., East Japan Railway Company, JAPAN, hayashiya@jreast.co.jp

Short Description:
Railway is well known as one of the eco-friendly transportation method. For example, according to Japanese statistical data, CO2 emission from railway to carry one passenger for 1km is 1/8 of car and 1/5 of airplane. The total amount of electric energy consumption for railway is, however, not small. For example, railway industry consumes about 1.6% of total electric energy consumption in Japan.
To reduce such hugeelectric energy consumption, a lot of new applications of power electronics and control technology are proposed and realized as intelligent solutions. In this session, recent contributions of these technologies in railway power supply system and future prospects will be shown and discussed.

List of Topics:
• ‘New AC electrification systems with power converters”, Dr. Pietro Tricoli, University of Birmingham (UK)
• “Energy storage system to regulate the line voltage and to save the breaking energy for the railway substation in Korea”, Prof. Jaeho Choi, Chungbuk University (KOREA)
• “Adaptive cubature Kalman Filter-based state estimation for Pantographs active control in high-speed railway”, TBD, Southwest Jiaoton University (CHINA), TBD, Aalborg University (DENMERK)
• “Comprehensive harmonic suppression technology in electrified railway”, Prof. Liu, Southwest Jiaoton University (CHINA)
• “Contact force control of current collecting shoe for MRT system”, Prof. T. Shimono and Prof. A. Kawamura, Yokohama National University (JAPAN)
• “Regenerative energy utilization in a.c. traction power supply system”, Dr. H. Hayashiya, East Japan Railway Company (JAPAN)

 



SS05 Special Session Proposal
Title: Application of nature-inspired approaches to motion control
Acronym: NIAMC
Chairs:
Assoc. Prof. Eng. Stefan Brock, Poznan University of Technology, Stefan.Brock@put.poznan.pl
Assoc. Prof. Eng. Krzysztof Szabat, Wroclaw University of Technology, krzysztof.szabat@pwr.edu.pl
Prof. Stephen Dodds, University of East London, UK, stephen.dodds@catlover123.plus.com

Short description:
Different industrial applications require advanced motion control techniques, which can be ensured by implementing smart control strategies, high precision sensing, and innovative actuators.

In recent years, several trends have been developed in advanced motion control of electrical drives. The most important trend are systems with lower energy consumption, fault-tolerance systems and high performance systems. This special session will provide an opportunity for researchers active in the field of advanced motion control and electrical drives to discuss current developments and future perspectives on soft-computing-based control techniques.

We will welcome papers relating to application of fuzzy control, neural networks, evolutionary computation, reinforcement learning and any nature-inspired approaches in motion and electrical drive control. The scope of the session is to bring together prominent researchers in the field of motion control and electrical drives, and to present their results to the audience of IEEE-PEMC 2016.

List of topics:
Applications of soft computing techniques such as fuzzy theory, neural networks, evolutionary computation, reinforcement learning, and any other nature-inspired approaches in motion control and electrical drive.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Soft computing methods in high precision positioning techniques in industrial mechatronic systems,
• Soft computing methods in automotive motion control including electrical and hybrid vehicles
• Innovative control strategies in advanced motion control.
• Fault-tolerance and reliable design of electrical drives using soft computing methods
• Observers and sensorless methods
• Modelling and identification in motion drive systems




SS06 Special Session Proposal
Title: Multilevel Converters for Drives, Renewable Energy and Grid Power Quality Applications
Acronym: MCDREGA
Chairs:
Dr. P.Sanjeevikumar, sanjeevi_12@yahoo.co.in
Prof. Viliam Fedák, viliam.fedak@tuke.sk
Prof. Mihai Cernat, m.cernat@unitbv.ro
Prof. Pierluigi Siano, psiano@unisa.it
Dr. Sanjeet Kumar Dwivedi, sanjeet@danfoss.com

Short description:
Multilevel Inverter (MLI) technologies proved as substantial global attention by the researchers and front-end industries in various medium- and high-power applications. Specific to the renewable energy system integration (PV/Wind/Fuel Cell), ac motor drives and the grid power quality. Furthermore, the features of these converters are expanded to other applications such as concept of ‘more-electric’ aircraft, electric ship propulsion, multiphase drives and traction (including electric and hybrid electric vehicles) system. Modular structure provides feasibility to synthesis high voltages by multiple dc sources and multiple semiconductor switches (IGBT/MOSFET) relatively with limited rating device configurations.

Moreover, low expense of redundancy and fault tolerant capabilities, transformerless operation and reduced filter requirements. Irrespective of abundant advantageous still multilevel inverters requires control scheme with complex topology and need to control more degree of freedom requires large signal PWM methodologies. This special session focused on the challenges set to achieve modular multilevel converters of new configurations, modulation strategies, control schemes and fault tolerant operations for above set applications.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
 Novel topologies for the multilevel inverters and its modeling issues.
 Modified and new modulation strategies and closed control techniques.
 Homo-polar components limitation methods.
 Multilevel inverter application to ac motor and multiphase ac motor applications.
 Energy efficient IE3/IE4 motors and their high performance control.
 Fault-tolerant control strategies for multilevel inverters.



SS07 Special Session Proposal
Title:
Efficient and Reliable Hybrid and Electric Propulsion Systems
Acronym: PROPSYS
Chairs:
Antonio J. Marques Cardoso, ajmcardoso@ieee.org (1, 2)
Chiara Boccaletti, chiara.boccaletti@uniroma1.it (1, 3)
(1) CISE – Electromechatronic Systems Research Centre, Covilhã (Portugal)
(2) Dept. of Electromechanical Engineering, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã (Portugal)
(3) Dept. of Astronautics, Electrical and Energetic Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome (Italy)

Description
The transport sector is a major contributor to environmental pollution and has a significant impact on climate change, accounting for more than 25% of all CO2 emissions. In Europe, traffic-related pollution costs amount to 1.7% GDP, approximately €160 billion per year. Moreover, the automotive sector is particularly sensitive to the crisis which is affecting the world economy because of some intrinsic features: great dependency from non-renewable energy sources, difficulty of expansion in emergent markets, production overcapacity at a world level, hyper competition, reduced margins, etc.. Some of these aspects affect other transport sectors as well.

All the stakeholders are called to give their contribution to these challenging issues, applying the concept of sustainable mobility. In particular, scientists and technicians are charged to develop innovative components and strategies to make the propulsion systems compatible with the essential requirements of energy savings and reduced environmental impact. At the same time, also important economical-political choices have to be made to provide the necessary infrastructures. In the meanwhile, hybrid propulsion systems can bridge the gap between the conventional engine-based powertrains and full-electric systems. As to road vehicles, they can also contribute to reduce pollution in urban areas.
This Special Session focuses on the efficiency and reliability of propulsion systems in road vehicles and also in other mobility applications (ships, railways, aircrafts, etc.).

Topics of interest (to be intended with reference to the above applications) include, but are not limited to:
• Generators and Traction Drives
• Electric machine design and analysis
• Power electronic converters
• Variable speed drives control
• Monitoring and diagnostics
• Fault tolerance
• Power Supplies
• Battery and supercapacitor design
• Fuel cell design and optimization
• Energy management



 

SS08 Special Session Proposal
Title: Electrical Energy Systems with High Temperature Superconducting Technology
Acronym: HTS
Chair:
Paolo Jose da Costa Branco, pbranco@tecnico.ulisboa.pt (1)
Rui Melício, ruimelicio@gmail.com (1, 2)
(1) LAETA, IDMEC, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa (Portugal)
(2) Dept. de Física, Escola de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Évora, Évora (Portugal)

Description:
Electric energy systems are facing today a new research and market paradigm: the energy HTS superhighway. By supplanting lower-capacity copper, superconductivity is enabling an “energy HTS superhighway” in all its systems from generation, conversion, transport and storage of energy. By the year 2025, market sales of superconducting power equipment are estimated to be approximately $1.8 billion annually, with associated annual energy savings over 10,000 GWh. However, one must notice that this degree of market penetration is mainly sensitive to future reductions in the manufacturing cost of HTS conductors. Also, the need for cryogenics is recognized as a cost component that will affect market penetration, despite the anticipated declining cost to manufacture cryogenic coolers as its volume increases

The proposed Special Session will focus not only in HTS power equipment but also in create an opportunity to systematize the types of high temperature superconducting materials (either in bulk or winding forms) for use in electric energy systems, together with their advantages and nowadays drawbacks to be surpassed. All these two approaches in their currently stage but also future applications (wind turbines, electric power equipment and electric propulsion aircrafts).

Topics of interest (to be intended with reference to the above HTS applications) include, but are not limited to:
• Electric machines (motors, generators and power transformers)
• HTS fault current limiters and power cables
• Superconducting magnetic energy storage systems (SMES)
• HTS magnetic levitation (bearings, flywheels and MAGLEV vehicles)
• Multi-physical computation for superconducting and electromagnetic devices



SS09 Special Sesion Proposal
Title: Concentrating Solar Photo-Voltaic–Thermal Collectors: Efficiency, Redesign And Industrial Applications.
Acronym: SOLAR
Chairs:
Carlos A. F. Fernandes, ffernandes@tecnico.ulisboa.pt (1)
João Paulo N. Torres, joaotorres@ tecnico.ulisboa.pt (1)
(1) Instituto de Telecomunicações, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa (Portugal)

Description:
In a glossary of terms in Sustainable Energy Regulation, Xavier Lemaire defines sustainable development as that “which meets all the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
The energy transition from fossil fuels to ecologically sustainable systems is evident due to the fact that their supporting technologies are becoming more and more competitive. Costs have fallen deeply in recent years and will go on falling, due a change of government paradigms.

One way of increasing the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems is to insure an effective cooling system that will lead to a temperature decrease of solar cells. One of the most common techniques is the use of special channels (pipes) for the circulation of a fluid in the vicinity of the receiver/absorber. The Photovoltaic-Thermal (PV/T) module is a hybrid solution, whose advantages are twofold: it is possible to produce electric energy more efficiently and, simultaneously, benefit from thermal energy absorbed by the fluid for other purposes, in particular for water heating or space heating for a home / building.
The solar cells prices are responsible for a great percentage of the overall costs related to conversion energy system. Therefore, the decrease of the active area will contribute drastically to reduce the solar panel manufacturing costs, which justifies the use of concentrators (reflectors). However, the use of reflectors presents some drawbacks, namely the possibility of: non-uniform illumination or partial shading with the formation of hotspots; a decrease in the conversion efficiency related to a partial absorption of the incident radiation by the reflector and also a reduction in the reflectivity features related to dirt or aging.

The proposed Special Session will focus on the following topics:
• Importance of corrosion on PV/T Solar Panels;
• Numerical modeling of thermal aspects in PV/T Solar Panels;
• The importance of the geometry of Concentrating PV/T Solar Panels: design of the reflector geometry.
• Hotspots, shading and non-uniform illumination of PV/T Solar Panels.
• Pillars of sustainability: environmental and economical features.


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