W-ENER. Session 15

Tuesday October 20th, 2020

From the CTCE we want to invite you to our next session of the Online Meetings of the Worldwide Energy NEtwoRK, whose title will be Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator Based Wind Energy Systems

The session will be led by Dr. Venkata Yaramasu

You can register here: https://bit.ly/WENER_0311

Wind energy is rapidly becoming mainstream and competitive with conventional sources of energy. The megawatt wind turbines operating at variable-speed dominate the current wind energy market with the largest operational turbine rated at 10 MW. Among various wind generators, permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) has become main-stream solution, due to gearless operation, high energy conversion efficiency, self-excitation, simple control, and increased reliability. In recent years, with the technological advancements in digital signal processors, the model predictive control (MPC) strategy has emerged as a simple and promising digital control tool in power electronics, variable-speed motor drives, and energy conversion systems.

 This tutorial covers a wide range of topics on power converters, wind energy conversion, and MPC methods from the electrical engineering aspect. The contents of this tutorial includes an overview of wind energy systems, power converters for PMSG wind energy conversion systems (WECS), grid integration of wind farms, digital control schemes, fault-ride-through compliance methods, and future trends. This tutorial also focuses on the MPC methods of several power converter configurations for full variable-speed PMSG-based WECS. By reflecting the latest technologies in the field, this tutorial will be valuable for academic researchers, practicing engineers, and other professionals.


Venkata Yaramasu received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, in 2014. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Northern Arizona University, USA. His research interests include renewable energy, high-power converters, variable-speed drives, electric vehicles, energy storage, smart grid, and model predictive control. Dr. Yaramasu published more than 60 peer-reviewed technical papers including 24 journal papers. He published a book entitled “Model Predictive Control of Wind Energy Conversion Systems” with the Wiley-IEEE Press in 2016. He also authored/coauthored 10 book chapters on renewable energy. He has produced over 15 technical reports for the power industry. Dr. Yaramasu is a recipient of over 20 research excellence awards including a Second Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (JESTPE) in 2015, and the IET Electric Power Applications Premium Award in 2019.

José L. Elizondo (S’07-M’12-SM’18) was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México, in 1981. He received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Systems Engineering from Tecnológico de  Monterrey  (ITESM), Monterrey  Campus, México, in 2004, 2007 and 2011, respectively. He served as part-time professor and researcher at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at ITESM, Monterrey Campus, from 2007 to 2011 and 2014.

He has carried out research internships and industrial courses regarding power electronics for renewable energy technologies at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, in Valparaíso, Chile, at Aalborg University, in Aalborg, Denmark, and at Universidad de Talca, in Curicó, Chile, in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016, respectively. Since 2012 he has been working full-time as maintenance engineer and technology consultant at Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) Exploration and Production, in Reynosa. Dr. Elizondo has been recognized by the IEEE with the Senior Member Grade Elevation in 2018, on the basis of significant performance in the oil and gas industry and research networking on power electronics for renewable energy technologies with the academia. His main research interests include Model Based Predictive Control, Power Electronic Converters and Renewable Energy Conversion Systems.