Power electronics expert Prof. Jayant Baliga gives part of the lecture power electronic devices in SS2013
Prof. Jayant Baliga from North Carolina State University will be on a research visit at the E.ON Energy Research Center of RWTH Aachen University for two months and is willing to give part of the lecture during his stay.
Prof. Baliga is an internationally renowned researcher and expert in power semiconductor devices. In particular, he is widely recognized as the inventor and principal developer of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT), which is the most widely used power transistor today. Prof. Baliga has been given a number of IEEE awards and he received the “National Medal of Technology and Innovation”, the highest form of recognition given to an engineer by the United States Government, from President Obama. Scientific American magazine included him among the “Eight Heroes of the Semiconductor Revolution”.
As Prof. Baliga will arrive in Aachen end of Mai the lecture will start just then. Additional information can be found at
Finally, we got some "ISEA-colors" in our rooms: The second christmas tree decorates our floor. Merry christmas everybody and a happy new year!
Keynote Speech at PEDG 2012
Prof. Rik De Doncker gave a keynote speech June 28 at the 3rd International IEEE Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG). The symposium was organized in Aalborg, Denmark and took place June 25-28. The keynote speech of Prof. De Doncker was entitled "Future DC Grid Technology for more Decentralized Power Production and Renewable Power Supplies." The keynote can be downloaded from the PEDG 2012 webpages http://www.pedg2012.org/keynote-speakers.aspx or from the PGS Publication list:
Instead of a classical banquet, our host, Prof. Frede Blaabjerg, organized a walk to "robbers forest". The attendees were treated on a nice dinner and were invited to learn the robbers' traits, such as ax and knife trowing, arching. Using a blade saw teams could test their skills in a competition to cut through a log. After an intense competition, the team Blaabjerg- De Doncker made the best time of 1min 19 sec. As it turned out, both professors were well synchronized and had minimized "dead time"!
IEEE ECCE 2012, Raleigh, NC, USA
The Institute for Power Generation and Storage System attended ECCE 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Dipl.-Ing. Butschen presented his work on "Compact High Temperature Package with Smart Size Optimized Gate Drive Unit for Assembling the Dual-ICT" and "Dual-GCT Design Criteria and Voltage Scaling". Dipl.-Ing. Engel took part in a poster session with "Control of Thyristor-Based Commutation Cells" and gave a speech on "Instantaneous Current Control for the Three-Phase Dual-Active Bridge DC-DC Converter.
Prof. De Doncker , Dipl.-Ing. Butschen and Dipl.-Ing. Engel were invited to present E.ON ERC and their research in the area of medium voltage grids at the 1st FREEDM International Workshop.
The first FREEDM International Workshop was held on Friday, September 14. This workshop offered a good opportunity to share research results, discuss international collaboration and student exchange issues, and strengthen the international partnerships of FREEDM. RWTH, E.ON ERC and ETHZ are international partners in the NSF Engineering Research Center FREEDM.
In addition, following the workshop, Prof. De Doncker gave a Distinguished Lecture, entitled " Large Penetration of Renewables ? - Can do with Power Electronics and DC Grids within next 15 years!”. The presentation could be followed through the internet. The Distinguished Lectures are organized on-campus by ABB. ABB is an industry partner of the FREEDM consortium.
The presentation can be downloaded from here.
More information about the NSF Engineering Research Center FREEDM can be found by clicking the logo.
EPE'13 ECCE Europe in Lille, France
Please find further information on www.epe2013.com .
4th German E-Mobility Congress
Last June 15, Prof. De Doncker was invited to give a keynote presentation at the "4th German E-Mobility Congress (4. Deutscher Elektro-Mobil Kongress)". The congress is organized by Haus der Technik in Essen. The presentation was entitled "Power Electronics for Modern Electric Vehicles - Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles" and reported on R&D activities at the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) and the Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems (E.ON ERC | PGS). After the presentation, journalists and innovators had an opportunity to discuss with Prof. De Doncker the potentials of electric vehicles in future grids.
The Symposium on Advanced Power Battery in Münster
The Symposium on Advanced Power Battery is taking place on 6th and 7th of March in Münster, Germany. The event is organized in collaboration with the Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET, University of Münster) and the “Haus der Technik”.
As in the previous years, about 80 high-quality presentations and 30 poster presentations from industry and science will cover all aspects along the value chain on batteries for electro mobility. The program ranges from material science to battery system technology and includes also topics such as production technology and recycling.
Additional poster presentations can still be contributed. You can send an abstract. The program committee will evaluate it on short notice.
The day before the symposium there will be the “Batterietag NRW” at the same location. There, you can get an overview of the research and industrial activities in the field of battery technology in North Rhine-Westphalia.Please find additional information on the corresponding web page
ECPE Workshop: Future Trends for Power Semiconductors
At ECPE workshop "Future Trends for Power Semiconductors" in Zurich Prof. De Doncker is invited as keynote speaker. He presents the state-of-the-art in wide-band-gap materials, the further development of thyristor-based devices and converter topologies for future medium-voltage dc-grids.
Johannes Voss receives ABB-Award
For his Diploma Thesis "Spannungs- und Leistungsflussregelung in Gleichspannungsnetzen", which he carried out at the Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems, Johannes Voss receives the ABB-Award. We congratulate Johannes on his excellent work.
After completing the construction phase of the E.ON ERC new building we finally move today. The new building promises very low energy consumption through its clever climatisation concept. Furthermore, due to its open design, it strengthens the collaboration between the institutes of the E.ON Energy Research Center.
Visit at Rotary Club
Prof. De Doncker gives a presentation on "Zukunftsvisionen der Energieversorgung" at Rotary Club Aachen.
RWTH Night of Science
At the RWTH "Wissenschaftsnacht" Prof. De Doncker provides an inside into the future energy supply with his presentation "Energieversorung der Zukunft".
Start-up MVDC Consortium
At 20th and 21st of October the start-up meeting of the MVDC Consortium takes place at E.ON Energy Research Center. The meeting is organized by the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS) together with Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems (PGS). A number of industry partners is invited to work together on the realization of medium-voltage direct-current grids of the future.
Tutorial at the INTELEC 2011 in Amsterdam
Prof. De Doncker together with Prof. Monti and Prof. Ponci from the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS) gives a tutorial on "Future Energy Grids: Automation and Monitoring Challenges" at the INTELEC 2011 in Amsterdam.
From 1st until 9th of October, assistants of the Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems together with colleagues from the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) go on an excursion. They visit companies and research centers in Poland, Denmark and Northern Germany.
EPE '11 ECCE Europe in Birmingham
The Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems attend the EPE '11 ECCE Europe Conference in Birmingham. Stefan Engel illustrates "Control of the Modular Multi-Level Converter for Minimized Cell Capacitance", Marco Stieneker presents "Development of a Modular High-Power Converter System for Battery Energy Storage Systems" and Robert Lenke and Jon San Sebastian represent the results of "Turn-off behavior of 4.5 kV asymmetric IGCTs under zero voltage switching conditions".
Korean-German Symposium in Power Electronics
Prof. De Doncker gives a presentation on "High-Power Semiconductors for Multi-Terminal Medium-Voltage DC Systems" at the "Koreanisch-Deutsches Symposium Leistungselektronik" at the Technical University Munich.
Strategy Workshop ISEA/PGS in Xanten
On the 27th of July 2011 the institute PGS together with the ISEA holds its strategy meeting 2011 within a one-day workshop. Among other topics, the internal organization and the future focus in research of the institute are discussed within the staff of the institute.
"Megatrend Energy" at Sommer School of WZLforum
On the 4th of August 2011 Dr.-Ing. Hanno Stagge gives a presentation on the topic “Megatrend Energy” during the Summer School 2011 of WZLforum for doctorate assistants of RWTH and other German technical universities. The WZLforum of RWTH Aachen arranges the Sommer School 2011 from 31st July until 5th August 2011.