IEEE International Conference on Communications, Control, and Computing Technologies for Smart Grids
29 Oct - 1 Nov 2018 // Aalborg, Denmark

Next Generation of Reliable Power Electronic-based Smart Grids (PESGs)


Frede Blaabjerg, Huai Wang, Saeed Peyghami, Aalborg University

Motivation and scope

The global shift of energy paradigm towards carbon-free technologies has intensified the importance of power electronics in future Power Electronic-based Smart Grids (PESGs). Power electronic converters play a main role in energy conversion stage of next generation of power systems affecting the overall system availability, reliability and efficiency. Meanwhile, microgrid and smartgrid are the key enabling technologies to integrate various types of energy resources associated with smart control approaches in order to enhance the system reliability, availability and efficiency.

This workshop covers different aspects of reliability in future PESGs from design to operation procedures.

  • Design procedure: Recently, Design for Reliability (DfR) approaches have been introduced in order to improve the power converter reliability and lifetime under desired mission which requires deep understanding the Physics of Failure (PoF) of converter components. Therefore, in this workshop, recent outcomes on the reliability of capacitors and semiconductor devices as the most vulnerable components will be presented.
  • Control: Control of power electronic converters makes an interaction with other converters and passive components, and hence may cause harmonic instability which affects the system reliability and availability. In this workshop, the harmonic stability issues in power electronic based power systems will be introduced and the modeling and control as well as the active and passive mitigating techniques will be presented. 
  • Operation: Control and power management among the power converters may further affect the overall system reliability and availability. Keeping grid voltage and frequency values in an acceptable region as well as preventing the overstressing of the converters provide stable and secure operation of PESGs. Furthermore, advanced control methods as well as power/energy management approaches will improve the system availability. In this section, the advanced control approaches in different power management layers will be presented.


  1. Smartgrids- introduction (By. F. Blaabjerg)   13:30 – 13:55
  2. Microgrids control and operation
    1. Advanced control approach in microgrids (By. T. Dragicevic)  13:55 – 14:20
    2. Droop control in microgrids (By. S. Peyghami) 14:20 – 14:45
    3. Power talk- new communication channel in dc power systems (By. M. Angjelichinoski) 14:45 – 15:00
  3. Coffee Break 15:00 – 15:25

  4. Stability in Electronic Power Systems (By. X. Wang) 15:25 – 15:50
    1. Modeling and control
    2. Mitigation techniques
  5. Reliability in Power Electronics
    1. Active and passive component reliability (By. F. Iannuzzo) 15:50 – 16:15
    2. Design for reliability (By. H. Wang) 16:15 – 16:40
    3. System-level reliability (By. D. Zhou) 16:40 – 17:05
    4. Mission Profile Optimization and Reliability for Power Converters (By. J. Manoel Lenz, Federal University of Santa Maria) 17:05 – 17:30


Frede Blaabjerg, Aalborg University, (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator.

His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives. He has published more than 500 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He is the co-author of two monographs and editor of 7 books in power electronics and its applications.

He has received 24 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014 and the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been  Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011 as well as 2017 to 2018. In 2018 he is President Elect of IEEE Power Electronics Society.

He is nominated in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world. In 2017 he became Honoris Causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania.

Huai Wang, Aalborg University, (M'12–SM’17) received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering, from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2007 and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics, from the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2012. He is currently an Associate Professor and a Research Thrust Leader in the Center of Reliable Power Electronics (CORPE), Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. He was a Visiting Scientist with the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, from Aug. to Sep. 2014, and with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, from Sep. to Nov. 2013. He was with the ABB Corporate Research Center, Switzerland, in 2009. His research addresses the fundamental challenges in modelling and validation of power electronic component failure mechanisms, and application issues in system-level predictability, condition monitoring, circuit architecture, and robustness design.

Francesco Iannuzzo, Aalborg University, is currently a professor in Reliable Power Electronics at the Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is also part of CORPE (Center of Reliable Power Electronics). His research interests are in the field of reliability of power electronics. He is author or co-author of more than 160 publications on journals and international conferences, plus two book chapters and a number of patents. Besides publication activity, over the past years he has been invited for several technical seminars about reliability in first conferences as EPE, ECCE, PCIM and APEC. In 2018, Prof. Iannuzzo has been appointed general chair of ESREF, the first European conference on reliability of electronics, which will be held in Aalborg, Denmark.

Xiongfei Wang , Aalborg University, (S’10-M’13-SM’17) received the B.S. degree from Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, China, in 2006, the M.S. degree from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2008, both in electrical engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in energy technology from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, in 2013. Since 2009, he has been with the Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Energy Technology. His research interests include   modeling and control of grid-connected converters, harmonics analysis and control, passive and active filters, stability of power electronic based power systems. Dr. Wang serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, and the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is also the Guest Editor for the Special Issue “Grid-Connected Power Electronics Systems: Stability, Power Quality, and Protection” in the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. He received the second prize paper award and the outstanding reviewer award of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics in 2014 and 2017, respectively, the second prize paper award of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications in 2017, and the best paper awards at IEEE PEDG 2016 and IEEE PES GM 2017.

Tomislav Dragicevic, Aalborg University, (S'09-M'13-SM'17) received the M.E.E. and the industrial Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Zagreb, Croatia, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. From 2013 until 2016 he has been a Postdoctoral research associate at Aalborg University, Denmark. From March 2016 he is an Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. His principal field of interest is overall system design of autonomous and grid connected DC and AC microgrids, and application of advanced modeling and control concepts to power electronic systems. He has authored and co-authored more than 120 technical papers in his domain of interest and is currently editing a book in the field. He serves as an Associate Editor in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS and in the Journal of Power Electronics.

Dao Zhou, Aalborg University, (S’12, M’15) received the B.S. in electrical engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, in 2007, the M. S. in power electronics from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2010, and the Ph.D from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, in 2014. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in Aalborg University. His research interests include power electronics and reliability in renewable energy application. Dr. Zhou received the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion Systems of the IEEE Industry Applications Society First Prize Paper Award in 2015, and Best Session Paper at Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON) in Austria in 2013. He serves as a Session Chair for various technical conferences.

Saeed Peyghami, Aalborg University, (S’14–M’17) received the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees all in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2010, 2012, 2017 respectively. He was a Visiting Ph.D. Scholar with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark in 2015 to 2016, where he is currently a Postdoctoral researcher. His research interests include control, stability and reliability of power electronic based power systems.

João Manoel Lenz, Federal University of Santa Maria (S’15) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Brazil, in 2013 and 2015, respectively. He is now working toward his Ph.D. on Power Electronics at UFSM and works on the Power Electronics and Control Research Group (GEPOC). He has experience in modeling of PV cells and systems, power generation with alternative energy sources, and renewables integration. His current research interests include PV energy, reliability for power electronics, and optimized design of power converters.