Grid-forming Power Converters

Monday, February 17, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
EER 3.646
Free and open to the public

Power converters can take several roles when connected to an electrical grid, ranging from grid-following converters, which inject current into a given voltage source provided by the grid, to grid-forming converters, which are able to energize an electrical grid 'from scratch' and regulate its operation when other generators and loads are connected. Actually, this performance is quite similar to the one for the well-known synchronous generator. This lecture will introduce the operation principle of grid-forming converters -sometimes also called virtual synchronous generators/machines, will present the synchronous power controller (SPC) as a preferred implementation, and will describe how to evaluate its dynamic response by using small signal analysis.


Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro Rodriguez


Pedro Rodriguez is the Head of LOYOLA.Tech. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain (1994 and 2004, respectively). He was a postdoc researcher at the CPES, Virginia Tech, US, at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark and at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITie), Boston, US. He was a co-supervisor of the Vestas Power Program, Denmark (2007 - 2011). He was a director of technology on Modern Power Systems at Abengoa Research (2011-2017). From 2017, he is a full professor at the Loyola University Andalucia, where he is the Head of LOYOLA.Tech, leading a research programme on Intelligent Energy Systems. He is also linked with the UPC as a part-time professor. He is in the Clarivate's list of Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering (2015-2018). He has co-authored one Wiley-IEEE book, more than 100 papers in ISI technical journals, and around 300 papers in conference proceedings. He is the holder of 16 licensed patents. He has participated in more than 50 projects with industrial partners and several EU projects. Dr. Rodriguez is a IEEE Fellow and a distinguished lecturer for his contributions in the control of distributed generation. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal on Industrial Electronics and Energies. His research interests include intelligent energy systems, distributed generation, and universal energy access.