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IEEE Princeton/Philadelphia PELS/IAS Chapter Distinguished Lecturer

Friday, April 12, 2024, 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Rowan Hall, 600 North Campus Drive Glassboro, NJ 08028
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IEEE Princeton/Philadelphia PELS/IAS Chapter

Distinguished Lecturer


Date: Friday, April 12, 2024

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Rowan Hall, 600 North Campus Drive Glassboro, NJ 08028



Modern Power Conversion Solutions - From Electric Power Grids to

Aerospace Power Applications


Speaker: Dr. Brandon Grainger


It has been stated that by 2030, 80% of our electricity generation on land, sea, and in space will be processed by power electronic systems. The electric power industry is seeing continued improvements in wide bandgap device technology, new circuit topologies for direct medium voltage interconnection, and trends in the utilization of DC based architectures for integrating DC generation resources, like solar, and forthcoming loads such as electric vehicles. Power electronic systems enable this transition to occur and build intelligence into grid systems, future all-electric ship designs, aircraft, and satellite systems.


In this talk, we will first explore a modern, modular multilevel converter (MMC) and how academia has cleverly increased the power density of the converter topology for use in medium voltage drives and satellite systems by using SiC and GaN, respectively. Having discussed SiC and GaN in multilevel applications, we will explore the latest radiation tolerant GaN technology suitable for space environments and compare these to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products.


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