Power Converters for Energy Storage Systems, from Ultra-Low to High-Power Energy Generation Systems

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Power Electronics".

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Department of Energy, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
Interests: energy harvesting; piezoelectric vibration; structural health monitoring; energy conversion
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Department of Energy, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
Interests: artificial intelligence; cybersecurity; microgrids; quantum computing; energy storage systems
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Department of Energy, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
Interests: thermoelectricity; pyroelectricity; energy harvesting; green fuel production

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Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy
Interests: vehicle; power electronics; electromagnetic field; numerical analysis; lightning; high voltage
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School of Engineering, University of Waikato, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
Interests: power converters; supercapacitor applications; power conditioning; surge protection; linear circuits
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy harvesting technologies are widely used for the recovery of wasted environmental energy due to the global energy crisis, rising power demands, and environmental pollution, which has led to alternative methods of powering industries, households, and electronic devices. Alternative methods of regenerating power can range from ultra-low to high power.

Energy harvesting methods enable systems to be self-powered by scavenging ambient energy and eliminating the need for batteries. Energy scavenging can be achieved using electromagnetic, electrostatic, thermoelectric, and piezoelectric technologies.

Power electronic-based power systems (PEPSs) are considered more flexible than traditional power systems. In a PEPS, energy resources (e.g., photovoltaic systems and wind turbines), loads, and energy storage systems (ESSs) can be connected to the system via power converters. Due to the uncertainty in the loads and the stochastic production of renewable energy resources, ESSs can be implemented to increase the flexibility of a system by storing and releasing electrical energy. To operate ESSs, bidirectional DC/DC power converters can be used to connect the ESSs to the power grid. Power converters are controllable components, and electrical and mechanical issues should be  managed in line with the proper operation of ESSs. For electrical issues, different types of controllers with different objectives can be considered. Additionally, for mechanical issues, the heat produced in the converter (under operation) should be considered. Typically, energy optimization and intelligent control systems require broad monitoring and actuating systems. Since these systems may be located far from the network, it is often difficult to create these intelligent networks. Energy harvesting from available mechanical and thermal heat sources is one environmentally friendly approach to energy optimization using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) methods. Additionally, a piezoelectric or thermoelectric generator will provide inconstant power outputs depending on their source types. However, sensors and actuators require a constant and fixed power supply; a DC/DC converter synchronized with a power storage mechanism can overcome the disadvantage of using energy harvesters for self-powered off-grid applications. The compatibility of the DC/DC converter and the storage system can determine the performance of the energy harvester. This Special Issue focuses on all aspects of DC/DC power converters (i.e., their electrical, mechanical, and thermal-based applications).

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a basis for converters of regenerative energy sources, ranging from low- to high-level power generation. This Special Issue focuses on all aspects of DC/DC power converters (i.e., their electrical, mechanical, and thermal-based applications).

We place special emphasis on converters for new and advanced energy harvesting technologies such as piezoelectricity, thermoelectricity, pyroelectricity, and triboelectricity, and the challenges associated with the power conversion of these technologies, which require ultra-low-power-consumption power converters with high efficiency with the ability to cold-start from low voltage levels. In addition, this Special Issue focuses on advanced methods for PEPSs, such as Artificial Intelligence and the IoT, for developing smart and efficient energy conversion systems.

This Special Issue covers, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Power electronic-based power systems (PEPS).
  • Power converters for mechanical, kinetic, and thermal heat sources.
  • Electronics for self-powered sensors.
  • Microelectronics for biomedical electronic devices.
  • DC/DC converters.
  • Bidirectional DC/DC power converters.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for converters.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) for self-powered smart sensors.
  • Ultra-low-power-consumption power converters.
  • Energy harvesting and power converters, vibration EH, nonlinear EH, piezoelectric-based EH, thermal EH, etc.

Dr. Majid Khazaee
Dr. Mohammad Reza Habibi
Dr. Ali Mohammadnia
Dr. Fabio Viola
Dr. Nihal Kularatna
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Keywords

  • power converters
  • low-power energy harvesting converter
  • AI in power converters
  • IoT and the application of power converters
  • microelectronics
  • biomedical sensors
  • mechanical energy harvesting
  • heat energy harvesting
  • biomedical electronic devices

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