Inauguration lecture, Jan Svensson

​Welcome to a lecture for the position adjunct professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, held by Jan Svensson.

Power electronics in grid-connected applications

As the need to reduce climate change drives towards more environmental-friendly energy production, the challenge is how to integrate higher amounts of non-controllable renewable sources in transmission and distribution grids without compromising on reliability, stability and cost of the service to the consumers. This challenge can be solved by increasing the transmission capacity through AC and DC solutions, and/or by introducing more energy storage in the grids to balance the fluctuations in wind and solar energy. All these applications require high-voltage, high-power electronic converters to connect generation and storage to the grid, or to compensate active and reactive power fluctuations.
This lecture will give an overview of the historical development of power electronics in grid-connected applications, including FACTS and HVDC transmission. Further, the current state of the art and topics for future research will be discussed.

Short biography:
Jan Svensson received the Ph.D. degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden, in 1998. From 1998 to 2002, he was an Assistant Professor in Power Electronics at Chalmers, where he also received the D.Sc. degree (Docent) 2002.
Until 2009, he was with different business units in ABB Sweden, involved in R&D of HVDC transmission, FACTS and energy storage, especially design and control of Voltage Source Converter-based grid-connected devices.
From 2009 to 2014, he was Program Manager for the global R&D program “Active grid infrastructure” at ABB Corporate Research.
Currently, he is a Senior Principal Scientist in Power Electronics Systems at ABB Corporate Research. His interests include design and control of power electronics in power systems, power quality, storage technologies and renewable energy.

Category Lecture
Location: EDIT-room (3364), Hörsalsvägen 11, Campus Johanneberg
Starts: 15 January, 2018, 15:00
Ends: 15 January, 2018, 16:00

Published: Mon 11 Dec 2017. Modified: Wed 20 Dec 2017