Special Session

SS 06 - Power Electronics Applications in Renewable Energy

SS 06 - Power Electronics Applications in Renewable Energy


Venkatesh Boddapati, B.M.S. College of Engineering, India and Rakesh Kumar, Nano and Microgrid Lab, India and Sanjeevikumar Padmanaban, Aarhus University, Denmark and Dwarkadas P. Kothari, S. B. Jain Institute of Technology, India

Session Focus

The necessity for energy or power conversion is progressively increasing, including the rapid growth of renewable energy, electrification of transportation, industrial automation, energy storage systems, electric vehicle, as well as data storage systems. Consequently, power electronics has become important in power systems. However, we frequently face design challenges including reliability, control, power efficiency, reduced size, and weight, etc. This Special session on “Power Electronics for Renewable Energy” will contain the results of the most advanced and latest research and will particularly focus on the development and practical considerations for power conversion and next-generation power electronics techniques in renewable energy systems

Session Topics

  • Power electronics solutions for energy access
  • DC and AC Microgrids
  • DC-DC converters for DC microgrids
  • Grid-integration issues
  • AI/ML techniques applied for off-grid system
  • Protection issues in Off-grid systems
  • Energy Sustainability and GHG mitigation
  • Bottom-up approach of grid system
  • Mini/Nano/Pico-grids

Bio of the organizers

Dr. Venkatesh Boddapati received his B. Tech (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, and M. Tech (Power Electronics) from B.M.S College of Engineering, Bangalore, Karnataka, India in the year 2009 and 2011, respectively. He is pursued his Ph.D. degree in department of EEE at NIT, Tiruchirappali, Tamil Nadu, India under AICTE-QIP scheme, sponsored by Govt. Of India and B.M.S College of Engineering, Bangalore. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, B.M.S College of Engineering, Bangalore. His areas of interest include Renewable Energy, Micro-grids and designing of hybrid energy based Electric vehicle charging stations.
Dr. A Rakesh Kumar (M’14–SM’21, IEEE) completed his bachelor’s in engineering with a honors in` `Electrical and Electronics Engineering'' from Anna University, Chennai, India in 2011 and master’s in engineering in ``Power Electronics and Drives'' from Anna University, Chennai, India in 2013. He worked as Assistant Professor with the Department of EEE, Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, India from 2013 to 2015. He then went on to join for a full time PhD with the School of Electrical Engineering (SELECT), Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) from 2015 to 2019. He was also serving as Teaching cum Research Assistant from 2015 to 2019 with the same. Currently, he is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Nano and Micro grid lab, Department of EEE, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India. He is an active member of IEEE PELS and PES. He is part of the subcommittee headed by Prof. Henry Chung on “Power Electronics and Internet of Things” under the umbrella of IEEE Technical Committee (TC 6) on High Performance and Emerging Technologies. He is also a member of IEEE Technical Committee (TC 12) on Energy Access and Off-Grid System. He is also a member of IEEE PELS Educational Videos Committee initiative headed by Prof. Brad Lehman, Prof. Prasad Enjati and chaired by Prof. Katherine Kim. He is responsible for the taking up the initiative of creating a promotional video and credits video for all the instructional videos from IEEE PELS Educational Videos Committee. His field of interest includes multilevel inverters, inverter modulation techniques, nano grid and its applications.
Dr. P. SANJEEVIKUMAR (M’12–SM’15, IEEE) received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy 2012. He was an Associate Professor at VIT University from 2012 to 2013. In 2013, he joined the National Institute of Technology, India, as a Faculty Member. In 2014, he was invited as a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation (Government of Qatar). He continued his research activities with the Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, in 2014.Further, he served as an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2016 to 2018. From March 2018 to February 2021, he has been a Faculty Member with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Esbjerg, Denmark. Since March 2021, he has been with the CTIF Global Capsule (CGC) Laboratory, Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University, Herning, Denmark. P. Sanjeevikumar has authored over 300 scientific papers and was the recipient of the Best Paper cum Most Excellence Research Paper Award from IET-SEISCON’13, IET-CEAT’16, IEEE-EECSI’19, IEEE-CENCON’19 and five best paper awards from ETAEERE’16 sponsored Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, Springer book. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, India, the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K. He is an Editor/Associate Editor/Editorial Board for refereed journals, in particular the IEEE SYSTEMS JOURNAL, IEEE Transaction on Industry Applications, IEEE ACCESS, IET Power Electronics, IET Electronics Letters, and Wiley-International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems, Subject Editorial Board Member— Energy Sources—Energies Journal, MDPI, and the Subject Editor for the IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, and FACTS journal (Canada).
Dr. Dwarkadas P. Kothari (FNAE, FNASc, FIE, FIEEE, Hon. Fellow ISTE, FIETE) obtained his B.E. (Electrical) in 1967, M.E. (Power Systems) in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1975 from BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan. From 1969 to 1977, he was involved in teaching and development of several courses at BITS Pilani. Earlier he served as Vice Chancellor of VIT, Vellore, Director In-Charge and Deputy Director (Administration) as well as Head in the Centre of Energy Studies at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and as Principal, VRCE, Nagpur. He was visiting professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, during 1982–1983 and 1989, for 2 years. He was also NSF Fellow at Perdue University, USA in 1992. He also taught at Melbourne University Australia for one semester in 1989. He has published and presented 845 research papers, guided 52 Ph.D. scholars and 68 M.Tech. students and authored 60 books in various allied areas.