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VMS IEEE Meeting: Photovoltaic Power Conversion Systems

12:00 AM - 6:30 PM on Thursday, January 31, 2013
Location: Holiday Inn, Blacksburg

Dr. Jason Lai will be the speaker.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) delivers low-voltage varying dc that requires power electronics circuits to make it in a useful format. Efficiency is a complicated issue in the entire PV power conversion system that starts from PV panel to the end-customer power output or energy production. For the case with utility grid connection, the output of power electronics needs to be high-voltage sinusoidal ac, and the power conversion technique needs to take into account cost, efficiency, and other performances while complying with regulatory standards.

Energy production of a solar photovoltaic system with different power electronics technologies varies. The Virginia Tech Future Energy Electronics Center set up a demonstration system for year-long study to compare energy production with different commercially available power electronics architectures and technologies. The study results will be used for the discussion of how to produce solar energy with more cost-effective power electronics design. The trend of latest power electronics technologies that deal with high efficiency PV power conversion and compliance of grid connection codes will be introduced.

The overall presentation will be divided in five sections: (1) PV Market Outlook and Cost Targets, (2) PV Cell Characteristics and Maximum Power Point Tracking, (3) Energy Production Comparison for Different PV System Architectures, (4) Example PV Power Conversion Circuits and Efficiency Profiles, and (5) Future Trends.

Meeting Details:
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

RSVP by 5 PM, Monday, Jan. 28, 2012. Please specify the number of attendees and any dietary needs or restrictions.

Joe Hartwell, or
John Dilley,