Special Issue "Power Conversion and Control in Photovoltaic Power"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jack Flicker
Guest Editor
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Interests: Wide bandgap semiconductors; power conversion; renewable systems; microgrids; power electronics; power electronics topologies; power electronics control; system modeling; reliability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Guest Editor is inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Energies on the subject area of “Power Conversion and Control in Photovoltaic Power”.

As photovoltaics (PV) has matured, it has gone from being a minor perturbation on the electrical system to an integral part of it.  As such, it is no longer desirable for the development of PV to play the passive role of energy production that is has historically, but, instead, to provide innovative solutions for the next generation electrical grid.  As the penetration of PV increases both on the distribution and transmission system, new topologies, control schemes, and deployment strategies will be necessary to ensure the continued reliability and functionality of the electrical grid.

Innovations in power conversion for PV have been accelerating and include all areas of the power electronics value stream.  These solutions incorporate everything from advanced devices (e.g. size, weight, and power advanced through the use of wide bandgap semiconductors) to novel topologies (e.g. multi-stage direct medium voltage interconnection) to novel control schemes (e.g. grid forming inverters) to advanced system implementation (e.g. aggregation of deployed system, grid forming control).  For next generation PV to supplant conventional generation solutions from all aspects of this value stream will be necessary.

This Special Issue will deal with power conversion systems for PV. Topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to:

Topics will include, but not be limited to:

  • Power electronics for photovoltaics
    • Advanced devices
    • Size, weight, and power improvements
  • Power conversion topologies
    • Multi-stage topologies
    • High ratio conversion
    • Direct medium voltage interconnect
  • Power electronics control
    • Grid forming
    • Grid following
  • Grid integration for utility and distributed PV
  • PV system control
    • Aggregation
    • Virtual Power Plant
    • Primary, secondary, and tertiary reserve
  • PV system reliability
  • Protection of high PV penetration systems

Dr. Jack Flicker
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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