As the energy demands increase across the globe, renewable energy sources are needed to ensure that power can be delivered in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. To meet these needs, the traditional power grid is transforming into a “smart” grid with distributed renewable energy resources, energy storage systems, and smart interactions between sources and loads. Power electronics and control advancements play a key role in solving many of the reliability and interaction challenges currently facing “smart” grid development. This presentation will cover present and future technologies related to solar photovoltaic power converters and talk about how students can initiate learning topics like this on their own.
Katherine A. Kim received the B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA, in 2007. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana‐Champaign, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. She has been an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, South Korea, since 2014. Her research interests are power electronics and control for renewable energy systems and power converter design for smart grid interaction.