Friday, Dec 13
12 – 1 p.m.
Friday, Feb 7, 2014
12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Scrugham Engineering and Mines 331
A grid-interactive inverter is an essential component of a grid-tied photovoltaic power system, and it performs numerous tasks including maximizing solar-to-electric power conversion, synchronizing with the local grid, generating quality power, and avoiding islanded operation. With the recent explosive growth in the solar photovoltaic power market, new and additional tasks are being placed on these inverters. The seminar reviews the basic functionalities of a grid-interactive inverter, the different circuit topologies that are currently available in the market along with the advantages they have to offer, and compliance with the current interconnection standard. Test results of some islanding experiments that were conducted on some local PV systems will be presented. Finally, the impact of high PV penetration on system operation will be illustrated - a situation calling for utility system operator control of both active and reactive power generation by grid-tied inverters.
Dr. Yahia Baghzouz received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering for Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, in 1981, 1982 and 1986, respectively. After graduation, he worked at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for one year, and then he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV. He is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Director of the Center for Energy Research at UNLV.
Dr. Baghzouz teaches courses in power systems, power electronics, and circuit theory. His area of research includes electric power quality and renewable resource integration. He authored/coauthored over 150 technical articles. He is Senior Member of IEEE and Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada.
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