Power electronics (PE) is an application oriented and interdisciplinary area. It uses power semiconductor devices to perform switching action in order to achieve a desired conversion strategy. The PE plays crucial role of conversion and control of electrical power. The effective use of electrical energy is a key technique for achieving energy efficiency, and power electronics technologies that can convert electric power into the optimum characteristics for each application are essential part of this approach. Power electronics systems have attracted attention as key components for building a sustainable energy supply.PE based power converters are also widely used in conventional and renewable energy systems.
The advancement of semiconductor technology including the power devices and other components that support power electronics and control techniques have led to smaller size, higher efficiency, and higher performance. This paper describes some examples where power electronics and power devices are been used in renewable energy and industrial applications and also highlight the role of PE in providing sustainable energy supply for future generation.
Prof. Dr. Saad MEKHILEF received the B.Eng. degree in ElectricalEngineering from the University of Setif, Setif, Algeria, and the M.Eng.Sci.and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.He is currently a Professor and director of the Power Electronics andRenewable Energy Research Laboratory- PEARL- at the Department ofElectrical Engineering, University of Malaya. He is the author and coauthorof more than 250 publications in international journals and proceedings (114 ISI journal papers) with more than 3300 citationsand 30 H-index, 53 PhD and master students havegraduated under his supervision. He is actively involvedin industrial consultancy for major corporations in thepower electronics projects. His research interestsinclude power conversion techniques, control of powerconverters, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Boumerdes formerly called the National Institute of Electricity and Electronics- INELEC, came into existence as a result of an agreement signed between the National Company for Manufacture and Assembly of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, SONELEC, and Education Development Center, EDC, Newton, Mass., USA. The agreement was signed as early as March 1976, according to the program set forth in the planning study conducted for SONATRACH in March 1974.
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