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Control of Power Electronics through a Photonic Bus: Feasibility and Prospects

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Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, 10138 Torino, Italy
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Dipartimento Energia (DENERG), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Dipartimento di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni (DET), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
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J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2018, 7(4), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan7040053
Received: 20 September 2018 / Revised: 14 November 2018 / Accepted: 23 November 2018 / Published: 3 December 2018
The ubiquitous diffusion of Power Electronic Converters (PECs) in many fields of application including traction and energy conversion suggests the possibility of new and better integration of advanced power conversion and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services. This work investigates the possible advancements in the use of optical communication links made of plastic optical fibers for control of PECs. The optical communication link connects the switching control to the converter control, following the line of separation between the expertise of power electronic and control engineers. Control wise, a PEC is a black box compatible with any off-board controller, now immune from the Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) produced by the power switches. The redundant optical link is ready for the high switching and sampling frequencies, made possible by relying on SiC power semiconductor devices (100+ kHz). Distributed control of multiple PEC units and advanced telemetry for diagnostics and prognostics are targeted. A proof-of-concept demonstrator is presented and tested. Moreover, the possible evolution towards a power electronic cloud with remote management and orchestration is described. View Full-Text
Keywords: plastic optical fiber; power electronics; remote control; SiC power devices plastic optical fiber; power electronics; remote control; SiC power devices
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Savio, P.; Varatharajan, A.; Vizzaccaro, E.; Abdelfattah, S.; Franco, G.; Abrate, S.; Pellegrino, G.; Curri, V. Control of Power Electronics through a Photonic Bus: Feasibility and Prospects. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2018, 7, 53.

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