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  1. Module-Integrated Power Converters Based on Universal Dock

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    power supply industry Power FETs, passives, microcontrollers, etc Much higher switching frequencies smaller passives ACPV Modules PV module with AC, rather than DC,...

  2. Module-Integrated Power Converters Based on Universal Dock

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    Chapman, Patrick; Rodriguez, Fernando

    2015-03-13

    Solar power installations using alternating current photovoltaic (ACPV) modules have significant cost and performance advantages over systems using conventional solar modules and string inverters. ACPV modules have improved energy harvest due to module-level power point tracking and redundancy. More importantly, ACPV modules are easier and cheaper to install, lowering the total installed cost, indirect costs, and barriers to market entry. Furthermore, ACPV modules have communications and data logging capability, yielding module-level telemetry data that is useful in site diagnostics and other data applications. The products of these efforts were threefold. First, an advanced microinverter power topology was developed, modeled, simulated, and tested. Second, new microinverter enclosure concepts were developed and tested. Third, a new ACPV module prototype was constructed, combining the power topology and the enclosure concepts. SolarBridge filed for patents in each of these areas and is transitioning the project from a concept phase to full development.

  3. Integrated Solar Power Converters: Wafer-Level Sub-Module Integrated DC/DC Converter

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2012-02-09

    Solar ADEPT Project: CU-Boulder is developing advanced power conversion components that can be integrated into individual solar panels to improve energy yields. The solar energy that is absorbed and collected by a solar panel is converted into useable energy for the grid through an electronic component called an inverter. Many large, conventional solar energy systems use one, central inverter to convert energy. CU-Boulder is integrating smaller, microinverters into individual solar panels to improve the efficiency of energy collection. The University’s microinverters rely on electrical components that direct energy at high speeds and ensure that minimal energy is lost during the conversion process—improving the overall efficiency of the power conversion process. CU-Boulder is designing its power conversion devices for use on any type of solar panel.

  4. Power Converters for Accelerators

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    Visintini, R

    2015-01-01

    Particle accelerators use a great variety of power converters for energizing their sub-systems; while the total number of power converters usually depends on the size of the accelerator or combination of accelerators (including the experimental setup), the characteristics of power converters depend on their loads and on the particle physics requirements: this paper aims to provide an overview of the magnet power converters in use in several facilities worldwide.

  5. Sub-Module Integrated Distributed Maximum Power Point Tracking for Solar Photovoltaic Applications

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Perreault, Dave

    Sub-Module Integrated Distributed Maximum Power Point Tracking for Solar Photovoltaic Applications explores the benefits of distributed power electronics in solar photovoltaic applications through the use, interest in renewable energy sources has in- creased. Among these, solar photovoltaic (PV) energy has seen

  6. Sub-Module Integrated Distributed Maximum Power Point Tracking for Solar Photovoltaic Applications

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Perreault, Dave

    Sub-Module Integrated Distributed Maximum Power Point Tracking for Solar Photovoltaic Applications 2012. Abstract--This paper explores the benefits of distributed power electronics in solar photovoltaic, interest in renewable energy sources has in- creased. Among these, solar photovoltaic (PV) energy has seen

  7. Interleaved power converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Zhu, Lizhi (Canton, MI)

    2007-11-13

    A power converter architecture interleaves full bridge converters to alleviate thermal management problems in high current applications, and may, for example, double the output power capability while reducing parts count and costs. For example, one phase of a three phase inverter is shared between two transformers, which provide power to a rectifier such as a current doubler rectifier to provide two full bridge DC/DC converters with three rather than four high voltage inverter legs.

  8. Definition of Power Converters

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    Bordry, F

    2015-01-01

    The paper is intended to introduce power conversion principles and to define common terms in the domain. The concept s of sources and switches are defined and classified. From the basic laws of source interconnections, a generic method of power converter synthesis is presented. Some examples illustrate this systematic method. Finally, the commutation cell and soft commuta tion are introduced and discussedd.

  9. Switching Power Converter A/D Converters

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    to make intelligent decisions on load and system management prior to system faults. With the increased use of the converter [1]. Traditionally, system monitoring and control is performed by a central power management

  10. Electromagnetic Compatibility of Power Converters

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Charoy, A

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the main challenges related to power converters in a scientific environment. It proposes some methods of EMC analysis, design, meas urement, and EMC troubleshooting.

  11. Self-powered microthermionic converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Marshall, Albert C.; King, Donald B.; Zavadil, Kevin R.; Kravitz, Stanley H.; Tigges, Chris P.; Vawter, Gregory A.

    2004-08-10

    A self-powered microthermionic converter having an internal thermal power source integrated into the microthermionic converter. These converters can have high energy-conversion efficiencies over a range of operating temperatures. Microengineering techniques are used to manufacture the converter. The utilization of an internal thermal power source increases potential for mobility and incorporation into small devices. High energy efficiency is obtained by utilization of micron-scale interelectrode gap spacing. Alpha-particle emitting radioisotopes can be used for the internal thermal power source, such as curium and polonium isotopes.

  12. Power Converters for Cycling Machines

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    Bouteille, J F

    2015-01-01

    Cycling accelerators require power converters that are capable of storing the energy that oscillates between lattice magnets and the converter during the acceleration process. This paper presents the basic requirements for such systems and reviews the various electrical circuits that have been used for a variety of differing applications. The designs currently used for fast-, medium- and slow-cycling accelerators are presented.

  13. Power converter connection configuration

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Beihoff, Bruce C. (Wauwatosa, WI); Kehl, Dennis L. (Milwaukee, WI); Gettelfinger, Lee A. (Brown Deer, WI); Kaishian, Steven C. (Milwaukee, WI); Phillips, Mark G. (Brookfield, WI); Radosevich, Lawrence D. (Muskego, WI)

    2008-11-11

    EMI shielding is provided for power electronics circuits and the like via a direct-mount reference plane support and shielding structure. The thermal support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. The support forms a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  14. Switched-Mode Power Converter Programmable

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Switched-Mode Power Converter Programmable compensator Identification & design Vref DPWM vout digital controller design for switching power converters. Starting from an experimentally identified Digital Controller Design for Switching Converters Abstract--This paper presents an approach to automated

  15. Complex Behavior in Switching Power Converters

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    Complex Behavior in Switching Power Converters CHI K. TSE, SENIOR MEMBER, IEEE, AND MARIO DI--Bifurcation, chaos, dc­dc converters, nonlinear dy- namics, power electronics, switching power converters. I power devices, control methods, circuit design, computer-aided analysis, passive components, packaging

  16. Converting a Motorcycle to Electric Power

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    Simcoe, Christopher M.

    2009-12-18

    Research was conducted to determine how simple and practical it would be to convert a standard gasoline powered motorcycle to electric power. The research involved background investigation of useful concepts in electric powered motorcycles...

  17. Isolated and soft-switched power converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Peng, Fang Zheng (Knoxville, TN); Adams, Donald Joe (Knoxville, TN)

    2002-01-01

    An isolated and soft-switched power converter is used for DC/DC and DC/DC/AC power conversion. The power converter includes two resonant tank circuits coupled back-to-back through an isolation transformer. Each resonant tank circuit includes a pair of resonant capacitors connected in series as a resonant leg, a pair of tank capacitors connected in series as a tank leg, and a pair of switching devices with anti-parallel clamping diodes coupled in series as resonant switches and clamping devices for the resonant leg. The power converter is well suited for DC/DC and DC/DC/AC power conversion applications in which high-voltage isolation, DC to DC voltage boost, bidirectional power flow, and a minimal number of conventional switching components are important design objectives. For example, the power converter is especially well suited to electric vehicle applications and load-side electric generation and storage systems, and other applications in which these objectives are important. The power converter may be used for many different applications, including electric vehicles, hybrid combustion/electric vehicles, fuel-cell powered vehicles with low-voltage starting, remote power sources utilizing low-voltage DC power sources, such as photovoltaics and others, electric power backup systems, and load-side electric storage and generation systems.

  18. Power system applications for PASC converter systems

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    Donnelly, M.K.; Johnson, R.M.

    1994-04-01

    This paper shows, using computer EMTP simulations, some preliminary results of applying pulse amplitude synthesis and control (PASC) technology to single-source level voltage converter system. The method can be applied to any single terminal pair source with appropriate modifications in power extraction interface and computer control program to match source and load impedance characteristics. The PASC realization as discussed here employs banks of transformers, one bank per phase, in which the primaries are connected in parallel through a switch matrix to the dc source. Two opposite polarity primaries per transformer are pulsed alternatively in time to produce an oscillatory sinusoidal output waveform. PASC conversion system capabilities to produce both leading and lagging power factor power output in single-phase and three-phase {Delta} or Y configurations are illustrated. EMTP simulations are used to demonstrate the converter capabilities. Also included are discussions regarding harmonics and potential control strategies to adapt the converter to an application or to minimize harmonics.

  19. Component technology for Stirling power converters

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    Thieme, L.G.

    1994-09-01

    NASA Lewis Research Center has organized a component technology program as part of the efforts to develop Stirling converter technology for space power applications. The Stirling space power program is part of the NASA High Capacity Power Project of the Civil Space Technology Initiative (CSTI). NASA Lewis is also providing technical management for a DOE/Sandia program to develop Stirling converters for solar terrestrial power producing electricity for the utility grid. The primary contractors for the space power and solar terrestrial programs develop component technologies directly related to their program goals. This Lewis component technology effort, while coordinated with the main programs, aims at longer term issues, advanced technologies, and independent assessments. This paper will present an overview of work on linear alternators, engine/alternator/load interactions and controls, heat exchangers, materials, life and reliability, and bearings.

  20. Hybrid switch for resonant power converters

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Lai, Jih-Sheng; Yu, Wensong

    2014-09-09

    A hybrid switch comprising two semiconductor switches connected in parallel but having different voltage drop characteristics as a function of current facilitates attainment of zero voltage switching and reduces conduction losses to complement reduction of switching losses achieved through zero voltage switching in power converters such as high-current inverters.

  1. Modular Power Converters for PV Applications

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Ozpineci, Burak; Tolbert, Leon M

    2012-05-01

    This report describes technical opportunities to serve as parts of a technological roadmap for Shoals Technologies Group in power electronics for PV applications. There are many different power converter circuits that can be used for solar inverter applications. The present applications do not take advantage of the potential for using common modules. We envision that the development of a power electronics module could enable higher reliability by being durable and flexible. Modules would have fault current limiting features and detection circuits such that they can limit the current through the module from external faults and can identify and isolate internal faults such that the remaining modules can continue to operate with only minimal disturbance to the utility or customer. Development of a reliable, efficient, low-cost, power electronics module will be a key enabling technology for harnessing more power from solar panels and enable plug and play operation. Power electronics for computer power supplies, communication equipment, and transportation have all targeted reliability and modularity as key requirements and have begun concerted efforts to replace monolithic components with collections of common smart modules. This is happening on several levels including (1) device level with intelligent control, (2) functional module level, and (3) system module. This same effort is needed in power electronics for solar applications. Development of modular units will result in standard power electronic converters that will have a lower installed and operating cost for the overall system. These units will lead to increased adaptability and flexibility of solar inverters. Incorporating autonomous fault current limiting and reconfiguration capabilities into the modules and having redundant modules will lead to a durable converter that can withstand the rigors of solar power generation for more than 30 years. Our vision for the technology roadmap is that there is no need for detailed design of new power converters for each new application or installation. One set of modules and controllers can be pre-developed and the only design question would be how many modules need to be in series or parallel for the specific power requirement. Then, a designer can put the modules together and add the intelligent reconfigurable controller. The controller determines how many modules are connected, but it might also ask for user input for the specific application during setup. The modules include protection against faults and can reset it, if necessary. In case of a power device failure, the controller reconfigures itself to continue limited operation until repair which might be as simple as taking the faulty module out and inserting a new module. The result is cost savings in design, maintenance, repair, and a grid that is more reliable and available. This concept would be a perfect fit for the recently announced funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0000653) on Plug and Play Photovoltaics.

  2. CCLIBS: The CERN Power Converter Control Libraries

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    King, Quentin; Magrans De Abril, Marc; Martino, Michele; Murillo Garcia, Raul; Nicoletti, Achille

    2015-01-01

    Accurate control of power converters is a vital activity in large physics projects. Several different control scenarios may coexist, including regulation of a circuit’s voltage, current, or field strength within a magnet. Depending on the type of facility, a circuit’s reference value may be changed asynchronously or synchronously with other circuits. Synchronous changes may be on demand or under the control of a cyclic timing system. In other cases, the reference may be calculated in real-time by an outer regulation loop of some other quantity, such as the tune of the beam in a synchrotron. The power stage may be unipolar or bipolar in voltage and current. If it is unipolar in current, it may be used with a polarity switch. Depending on the design, the power stage may be controlled by a firing angle or PWM duty-cycle reference, or a voltage or current reference. All these cases are supported by the CERN Converter Control Libraries (CCLIBS). These open-source C libraries include advanced reference generati...

  3. Magnet Technology for Power Converters: Nanocomposite Magnet Technology for High Frequency MW-Scale Power Converters

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2012-02-27

    Solar ADEPT Project: CMU is developing a new nanoscale magnetic material that will reduce the size, weight, and cost of utility-scale PV solar power conversion systems that connect directly to the grid. Power converters are required to turn the energy that solar power systems create into useable energy for the grid. The power conversion systems made with CMU’s nanoscale magnetic material have the potential to be 150 times lighter and significantly smaller than conventional power conversion systems that produce similar amounts of power.

  4. Electrical power converter method and system employing multiple output converters

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Beihoff, Bruce C. (Wauwatosa, WI); Radosevich, Lawrence D. (Muskego, WI); Meyer, Andreas A. (Richmond Heights, OH); Gollhardt, Neil (Fox Point, WI); Kannenberg, Daniel G. (Waukesha, WI)

    2007-05-01

    A support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. The support, in conjunction with other packaging features may form a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  5. Practical On-Line Identification of Power Converter Dynamic Responses

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    parameters to maintain stability at the .. 1 4Switched-Mode Power Converter 1-b I 1 PIIdenfgcation& design-frequency switching power converters has been shown to provide many possible benefits, including improved immunity power convertcrs. These findings provide the first step towards automating the control loop design

  6. Bi-directional power control system for voltage converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Garrigan, N.R.; King, R.D.; Schwartz, J.E.

    1999-05-11

    A control system for a voltage converter includes: a power comparator for comparing a power signal on input terminals of the converter with a commanded power signal and producing a power comparison signal; a power regulator for transforming the power comparison signal to a commanded current signal; a current comparator for comparing the commanded current signal with a measured current signal on output terminals of the converter and producing a current comparison signal; a current regulator for transforming the current comparison signal to a pulse width modulator (PWM) duty cycle command signal; and a PWM for using the PWM duty cycle command signal to control electrical switches of the converter. The control system may further include: a command multiplier for converting a voltage signal across the output terminals of the converter to a gain signal having a value between zero (0) and unity (1), and a power multiplier for multiplying the commanded power signal by the gain signal to provide a limited commanded power signal, wherein power comparator compares the limited commanded power signal with the power signal on the input terminals. 10 figs.

  7. Bi-directional power control system for voltage converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Garrigan, Neil Richard (Niskayuna, NY); King, Robert Dean (Schenectady, NY); Schwartz, James Edward (Slingerlands, NY)

    1999-01-01

    A control system for a voltage converter includes: a power comparator for comparing a power signal on input terminals of the converter with a commanded power signal and producing a power comparison signal; a power regulator for transforming the power comparison signal to a commanded current signal; a current comparator for comparing the commanded current signal with a measured current signal on output terminals of the converter and producing a current comparison signal; a current regulator for transforming the current comparison signal to a pulse width modulator (PWM) duty cycle command signal; and a PWM for using the PWM duty cycle command signal to control electrical switches of the converter. The control system may further include: a command multiplier for converting a voltage signal across the output terminals of the converter to a gain signal having a value between zero (0) and unity (1), and a power multiplier for multiplying the commanded power signal by the gain signal to provide a limited commanded power signal, wherein power comparator compares the limited commanded power signal with the power signal on the input terminals.

  8. The New Modular Control System for Power Converters at CERN

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    Di Cosmo, Matteo

    2015-01-01

    The CERN accelerator complex consists of several generations of particle accelerators, with around 5000 power converters supplying regulated current and voltage to normal and superconducting magnet circuits. Today around 12 generations of converter control platforms can be found in the accelerator complex, ranging in age and technology. The diversity of these platforms has a significant impact on operability, maintenance and support of power converters. Over the past few years a new generation of modular controls called RegFGC3 has been developed by CERN’s power conversion group, with a goal to provide a standardised control platform, supporting a wide variety of converter topologies. The aim of this project is to reduce maintenance costs by decreasing the variety and diversity of control systems whilst simultaneously improving the operability and reliability of power converters and their controls. This paper describes the state of the on-going design and realization of the RegFGC3 platform, focusing on fun...

  9. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled-design optimization of wave energy converters con- sistingN. Sahinkaya. A review of wave energy converter technology.

  10. Auxiliary quasi-resonant dc tank electrical power converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Peng, Fang Z.

    2006-10-24

    An auxiliary quasi-resonant dc tank (AQRDCT) power converter with fast current charging, voltage balancing (or charging), and voltage clamping circuits is provided for achieving soft-switched power conversion. The present invention is an improvement of the invention taught in U.S. Pat. No. 6,111,770, herein incorporated by reference. The present invention provides faster current charging to the resonant inductor, thus minimizing delay time of the pulse width modulation (PWM) due to the soft-switching process. The new AQRDCT converter includes three tank capacitors or power supplies to achieve the faster current charging and minimize the soft-switching time delay. The new AQRDCT converter further includes a voltage balancing circuit to charge and discharge the three tank capacitors so that additional isolated power supplies from the utility line are not needed. A voltage clamping circuit is also included for clamping voltage surge due to the reverse recovery of diodes.

  11. Thermally matched fluid cooled power converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Radosevich, Lawrence D.; Kannenberg, Daniel G.; Kaishian, Steven C.; Beihoff, Bruce C.

    2005-06-21

    A thermal support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. Power electronic circuits are thermally matched, such as between component layers and between the circuits and the support. The support may form a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  12. Power converter having improved terminal structure

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Radosevich, Lawrence D.; Kannenberg, Daniel G.; Phillips, Mark G.; Kaishian, Steven C.

    2007-03-06

    A terminal structure for power electronics circuits reduces the need for a DC bus and thereby the incidence of parasitic inductance. The structure is secured to a support that may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. The support may form a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as by direct contact between the terminal assembly and AC and DC circuit components. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  13. Power converter having improved EMI shielding

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Beihoff, Bruce C.; Kehl, Dennis L.; Gettelfinger, Lee A.; Kaishian, Steven C.; Phillips, Mark G.; Radosevich, Lawrence D.

    2006-06-13

    EMI shielding is provided for power electronics circuits and the like via a direct-mount reference plane support and shielding structure. The thermal support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. The support forms a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  14. Modular power converter having fluid cooled support

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Beihoff, Bruce C.; Radosevich, Lawrence D.; Meyer, Andreas A.; Gollhardt, Neil; Kannenberg, Daniel G.

    2005-09-06

    A support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. The support, in conjunction with other packaging features may form a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  15. Modular power converter having fluid cooled support

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Beihoff, Bruce C.; Radosevich, Lawrence D.; Meyer, Andreas A.; Gollhardt, Neil; Kannenberg, Daniel G.

    2005-12-06

    A support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. The support, in conjunction with other packaging features may form a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  16. Power converter having improved fluid cooling

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Meyer, Andreas A.; Radosevich, Lawrence D.; Beihoff, Bruce C.; Kehl, Dennis L.; Kannenberg, Daniel G.

    2007-03-06

    A thermal support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support, which may be controlled in a closed-loop manner. Interfacing between circuits, circuit mounting structure, and the support provide for greatly enhanced cooling. The support may form a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  17. Power line carrier interference from HVDC converter terminals

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    Tatro, P.J.; Adamson, K.A. (New England Power Service Co., Westborough, MA (United States)); Eitzmann, M.A.; Smead, M. (GE Industrial and Power Systems, Schenectady, NY (United States). Power Systems Engineering Dept.)

    1993-07-01

    Power line carrier (PLC) equipment typically operates in the frequency range from 25 kHz to 300 kHz. Interference studies for HVDC converters usually concentrate on interference from noise sources within this frequency range. However, operating experience at the Sandy Pond converter terminal has indicated that PLC equipment is also susceptible to interference from sources of power system harmonics below the PLC frequency range. Extensive field testing and analytical studies have shown that each PLC circuit has a resonant frequency below the operating frequency. If excited at this resonant frequency, high voltages may exist within the PLC circuit. The resulting saturation of PLC components leads to local generation of radio frequency (RF) noise that interferes with proper operation of PLC circuits. Sources of power system harmonics in the 3-10 kHz range, such as line commutated dc converters, are potential sources of this type of interference.

  18. Switching power converter Figure 1(a): Switching DC-DC converter with analog voltage-mode control

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    + ­ RC L Vg 1 2 i + v _ Vref + _ Gc(s) VM = 1 PWM u c Switching power converter H v dTs H = 1 design of digital compensators. I. INTRODUCTION Discrete-time modeling of dc-dc switching converters has IEEE. #12;+ ­ R C L Vg 1 2 i + v _ Vref + _ Gc(z) VM = 1 DPWM u c Switching power converter H v dTs H

  19. Advanced Low Temperature Absorption Chiller Module Integrated...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Low Temperature Absorption Chiller Module Integrated with a CHP System at a Distributed Data Center - Presentation by Exergy Partners Corp., June 2011 Advanced Low Temperature...

  20. 17.March.2005 C. A. Martins, CERN AB/PO 1 Power converter

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    McDonald, Kirk

    , 1000Vdc Converter topology 18 kV cell Power transformers (in an oil tank) 2x4 Rectifier bridges Passive Passive filter self Passive filter capacitors self capacitors DC output #12;17.March.2005 C. A. Martins Converters location: · At building 193 (AD) like ALICE/LHCb converter 2nd choice target Power converter (193

  1. Converting Maturing Nuclear Sites to Integrated Power Production Islands

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    Solbrig, Charles W.

    2011-01-01

    Nuclear islands, which are integrated power production sites, could effectively sequester and safeguard the US stockpile of plutonium. A nuclear island, an evolution of the integral fast reactor, utilizes all the Transuranics (Pu plus minor actinides) produced in power production, and it eliminates all spent fuel shipments to and from the site. This latter attribute requires that fuel reprocessing occur on each site and that fast reactors be built on-site to utilize the TRU. All commercial spent fuel shipments could be eliminated by converting all LWR nuclear power sites to nuclear islands. Existing LWR sites have the added advantage ofmore »already possessing a license to produce nuclear power. Each could contribute to an increase in the nuclear power production by adding one or more fast reactors. Both the TRU and the depleted uranium obtained in reprocessing would be used on-site for fast fuel manufacture. Only fission products would be shipped to a repository for storage. The nuclear island concept could be used to alleviate the strain of LWR plant sites currently approaching or exceeding their spent fuel pool storage capacity. Fast reactor breeding ratio could be designed to convert existing sites to all fast reactors, or keep the majority thermal.« less

  2. Aalborg Universitet Two phase interleaved buck converter for driving high power LEDs

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    Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    Aalborg Universitet Two phase interleaved buck converter for driving high power LEDs Beczkowski. (2011). Two phase interleaved buck converter for driving high power LEDs. In Proceedings of the 14th #12;Two phase interleaved buck converter for driving high power LEDs Szymon Bczkowski, Stig Munk

  3. Design of a Boost Power Factor Correction Converter Using Optimization Techniques Sergio Busquets-Monge1

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    Lindner, Douglas K.

    Design of a Boost Power Factor Correction Converter Using Optimization Techniques Sergio Busquets Foundation under Award Number EEC-9731677. #12;Design of a Boost Power Factor Correction Converter Using of a boost power factor correction front-end converter with an input electromagnetic interference filter

  4. Design Optimization of Power Electronics Circuits using Genetic Algorithms A Boost PFC Converter Example

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    Lindner, Douglas K.

    Design Optimization of Power Electronics Circuits using Genetic Algorithms ­ A Boost PFC Converter with a developed software tool for designing a low-cost boost power factor correction (PFC) front-end converter presents an approach to discrete design optimization of a complete power electronics converter

  5. Real-Time Model-Based Fault Diagnosis for Switching Power Converters

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    Sanders, Seth

    demonstration for a 1.2 kW rack-level uninterruptable power supply (UPS) dc-dc converter for data center for a 1.2 kW rack- level uninterruptable power supply (UPS) dc-dc converter for data center applicationsReal-Time Model-Based Fault Diagnosis for Switching Power Converters Jason Poon, Ioannis C

  6. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS 1 Singular Perturbation Theory for DCDC Converters

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    model. Similar results hold for boost, buck, and buck­boost converters. Experimental boost convertersIEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS 1 Singular Perturbation Theory for DC­DC Converters and Application to PFC Converters Jonathan W. Kimball, Senior Member, IEEE, and Philip T. Krein, Fellow, IEEE

  7. BIFURCATION ANALYSIS OF A POWER-FACTOR-CORRECTION BOOST CONVERTER: UNCOVERING FAST-SCALE INSTABILITY

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    BIFURCATION ANALYSIS OF A POWER-FACTOR-CORRECTION BOOST CONVERTER: UNCOVERING FAST to a power-factor-correc- tion (PFC) boost converter to examine the fast-scale insta- bility problem to a current-programmed boost converter. In this paper, we study the onset of period-doubling (fast-scale) in

  8. Integration of planar transformer and/or planar inductor with power switches in power converter

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    Chen, Kanghua (Canton, MI); Ahmed, Sayeed (Canton, MI); Zhu, Lizhi (Canton, MI)

    2007-10-30

    A power converter integrates at least one planar transformer comprising a multi-layer transformer substrate and/or at least one planar inductor comprising a multi-layer inductor substrate with a number of power semiconductor switches physically and thermally coupled to a heat sink via one or more multi-layer switch substrates.

  9. Design and characterization of a radio-frequency dc/dc power converter

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    Jackson, David A. (David Alexander)

    2005-01-01

    The use of radio-frequency (RF) amplifier topologies in dc/dc power converters allows the operating frequency to be increased by more than two orders of magnitude over the frequency of conventional converters. This enables ...

  10. Aalborg Universitet An assessment of converter modelling needs for offshore wind power plants

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    Bak, Claus Leth

    Aalborg Universitet An assessment of converter modelling needs for offshore wind power plants). An assessment of converter modelling needs for offshore wind power plants connected via VSC-HVDC networks Power into Power Systems as well as on Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Plants. Energynautics

  11. Utility-Scale Power Router: Dynamic Control of Grid Assets Using Direct AC Converter Cells

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2010-09-01

    ADEPT Project: Georgia Tech is developing a cost-effective, utility-scale power router that uses an enhanced transformer to more efficiently direct power on the grid. Existing power routing technologies are too expensive for widespread use, but the ability to route grid power to match real-time demand and power outages would significantly reduce energy costs for utilities, municipalities, and consumers. Georgia Tech is adding a power converter to an existing grid transformer to better control power flows at about 1/10th the cost of existing power routing solutions. Transformers convert the high-voltage electricity that is transmitted through the grid into the low-voltage electricity that is used by homes and businesses. The added converter uses fewer steps to convert some types of power and eliminates unnecessary power storage, among other improvements. The enhanced transformer is more efficient, and it would still work even if the converter fails, ensuring grid reliability.

  12. Study of Power Converter Topologies with Energy Recovery and grid power flow control Part B: boost converter with energy storage

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    Rogelio, Garcia Retegui; Gustavo, Uicich; Mario, Benedetti; Gilles, Le Godec; Konstantinos, Papastergiou

    2015-01-01

    In the framework of a Transfer line (TT2) Consolidation Programme, a number of studies on Energy cycling have been commissioned. Part of this work involves the study of dierent power electronic system topologies for magnet energy recovery. In this report, the use of a boost front-end converter supplying DC link of a 4-quadrant magnet supply is analysed. The key objective of the study is to find control strategies that result in the control of the peak power required from the power network as well as to recover the magnet energy into capacitor banks with controlled voltage fluctuation. The study comprises the modelling of the system by means of the method of state averaging and the development of regulation strategies to energy management. The proposed control strategies can be divided in two groups: in the first group, the magnet current is used to define the reference for the control system, while in the second group this current is unknown and some strategies are devised to limit the power drawn from the el...

  13. Microprocessor control of power sharing and solar array peak power tracking for high power (2. 5 kW) switching power converters

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    Speer, J.H. Jr.

    1981-01-01

    A prototype system of twin power converters for solar array supplement of spacecraft power buses is described. Analog circuits are used for inner control loops and a microprocessor directs power sharing and peak power tracking. 3 refs.

  14. MULTILEVEL CONVERTERS - A NEW BREED OF POWER CONVERTERS Jih-Sheng...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    has been a well-known method and has been implemented in 18- and 48-pulse converters for battery energy storage and static condenser (STATCON) applications, respectively 15,161....

  15. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    with controlled motion. Power from sea waves, pages 381–399,SAN DIEGO Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Usingfor wave energy con- verters with limited power takeoff

  16. MODELING OF HIGH-POWER-FACTOR RECTIFIERS BASED ON SWITCHING CONVERTERS

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    boost [l]and up/down (flyback, kuk, Sepic, etc.) converters [a]. The purpose of this paper is to present. Specific results are discussed in detail for boost and up/down converters, which are most frequently usedMODELING OF HIGH-POWER-FACTOR RECTIFIERS BASED ON SWITCHING CONVERTERS WITH NONLINEAR

  17. Programmatic status of NASA`s CSTI high capacity power Stirling Space Power Converter Program

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    Dudenhoefer, J.E.

    1994-09-01

    An overview is presented of the NASA Lewis Research Center Free-Piston Stirling Space Power Converter Technology Development Program. This work is being conducted under NASA`s Civil Space Technology Initiative (CSTI). The goal of the CSTI High Capacity Power element is to develop the technology base needed to meet the long duration, high capacity power requirements for future NASA space initiatives. Efforts are focused upon increasing system thermal and electric energy conversion efficiency at least fivefold over current SP-100 technology, and on achieving systems that are compatible with space nuclear reactors. This paper will discuss the status of test activities with the Space Power Research Engine (SPRE). Design deficiencies are gradually being corrected and the power converter is now outputting 11.5 kWe at a temperature ratio of 2 (design output is 12.5 kWe). Detail designs have been completed for the 1050 K Component Test Power Converter (CTPC). The success of these and future designs is dependent upon supporting research and technology efforts including heat pipes, gas bearings, superalloy joining technologies and high efficiency alternators. This paper also provides an update of progress in these technologies.

  18. Efficient Power Converters for PV Arrays : Scalable Submodule Power Conversion for Utility-Scale Photovoltaics

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    2012-02-23

    Solar ADEPT Project: SolarBridge is developing a new power conversion technique to improve the energy output of PV power plants. This new technique is specifically aimed at large plants where many solar panels are connected together. SolarBridge is correcting for the inefficiencies that occur when two solar panels that encounter different amounts of sun are connected together. In most conventional PV system, the weakest panel limits the energy production of the entire system. That’s because all of the energy collected by the PV system feeds into a single collection point where a central inverter then converts it into useable energy for the grid. SolarBridge has found a more efficient and cost-effective way to convert solar energy, correcting these power differences before they reach the grid.

  19. Switching coordination of distributed dc-dc converters for highly efficient photovoltaic power plants

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    Agamy, Mohammed; Elasser, Ahmed; Sabate, Juan Antonio; Galbraith, Anthony William; Harfman Todorovic, Maja

    2014-09-09

    A distributed photovoltaic (PV) power plant includes a plurality of distributed dc-dc converters. The dc-dc converters are configured to switch in coordination with one another such that at least one dc-dc converter transfers power to a common dc-bus based upon the total system power available from one or more corresponding strings of PV modules. Due to the coordinated switching of the dc-dc converters, each dc-dc converter transferring power to the common dc-bus continues to operate within its optimal efficiency range as well as to optimize the maximum power point tracking in order to increase the energy yield of the PV power plant.

  20. A Virtual DSP System for Design Instruction of Power Converters AA.. KKeeyyhhaannii aanndd MM.. NN.. MMaarrwwaallii GGeerraalldd BBaauummggaarrttnneerr

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    Baumgartner, Gerald

    1 A Virtual DSP System for Design Instruction of Power Converters AA.. KKeeyyhhaannii aanndd MM the development of an object oriented DSP based for design and control of power converters. The testbed `hard' switching power converters, a resonant converter utilizes a controlled series or parallel LC

  1. Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel : Renewable Energy News

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    Lovley, Derek

    Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel : Renewable Energy News TUESDAY 25 MAY, 2010 | | Solar Power To Help Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel by Energy Matters Microbiologist Derek Lovley of energy, the solar panels, can also harvest energy 100 times more effectively than plants. Other

  2. Regulation and Compensation of Source Harmonics for the Boost ConverterBased Power Factor

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    Perreault, Dave

    Regulation and Compensation of Source Harmonics for the Boost Converter­Based Power Factor of a diode bridge and associated boost converter. This circuit is the most widely employed of the fam- ily for the boost­ based power factor precompensator which guarantees fast regulation of the output voltage towards

  3. Accelerated lifetime testing of energy storage capacitors used in particle accelerators power converters

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    Boattini, Fulvio

    2015-01-01

    Energy storage capacitors are used in large quantities in high power converters for particle accelerators. In this application capacitors see neither a DC nor an AC voltage but a combination of the two. The paper presents a new power converter explicitly designed to perform accelerated testing on these capacitors and the results of the tests.

  4. Effect of a nonlinear power take off on a wave energy converter 

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    Bailey, Helen Louise

    2011-11-22

    This thesis is titled The influence of a nonlinear Power Take Off on a Wave Energy Converter. It looks at the effect that having a nonlinear Power Take Off (PTO) has on an inertial referenced, slack moored, point absorber, ...

  5. Soft-Switching High-Frequency AC-Link Universal Power Converters with Galvanic Isolation 

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    Amirabadi, Mahshid

    2013-08-07

    be used in a variety of applications, including photovoltaic power generation, wind power generation, and electric vehicles. In these converters the link current and voltage are both alternating and their frequency can be high, which leads...

  6. DC to DC power converters and methods of controlling the same

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    Steigerwald, Robert Louis; Elasser, Ahmed; Sabate, Juan Antonio; Todorovic, Maja Harfman; Agamy, Mohammed

    2012-12-11

    A power generation system configured to provide direct current (DC) power to a DC link is described. The system includes a first power generation unit configured to output DC power. The system also includes a first DC to DC converter comprising an input section and an output section. The output section of the first DC to DC converter is coupled in series with the first power generation unit. The first DC to DC converter is configured to process a first portion of the DC power output by the first power generation unit and to provide an unprocessed second portion of the DC power output of the first power generation unit to the output section.

  7. Aalborg Universitet Ancillary Frequency Control of Direct Drive Full-Scale Converter Based Wind Power

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    Hu, Weihao

    , integration of such a lot of wind energy into power grids presents a major challenge to power system operators more attentions all over the world. Large-scale wind power plants are increasingly integrated). Ancillary Frequency Control of Direct Drive Full-Scale Converter Based Wind Power Plants. In Proceedings

  8. High frequency AC power converter for low voltage circuits

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    Salazar, Nathaniel Jay Tobias

    2012-01-01

    This thesis presents a novel AC power delivery architecture that is suitable for VHF frequency (50-100MHz) polyphase AC/DC power conversion in low voltage integrated circuits. A complete AC power delivery architecture was ...

  9. Compact, Low-Profile Power Converters: Highly-Laminated, High-Saturation-Flux-Density, Magnetic Cores for On-Chip Inductors in Power Converter Applications

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    None

    2010-09-01

    ADEPT Project: Georgia Tech is creating compact, low-profile power adapters and power bricks using materials and tools adapted from other industries and from grid-scale power applications. Adapters and bricks convert electrical energy into useable power for many types of electronic devices, including laptop computers and mobile phones. These converters are often called wall warts because they are big, bulky, and sometimes cover up an adjacent wall socket that could be used to power another electronic device. The magnetic components traditionally used to make adapters and bricks have reached their limits; they can't be made any smaller without sacrificing performance. Georgia Tech is taking a cue from grid-scale power converters that use iron alloys as magnetic cores. These low-cost alloys can handle more power than other materials, but the iron must be stacked in insulated plates to maximize energy efficiency. In order to create compact, low-profile power adapters and bricks, these stacked iron plates must be extremely thin-only hundreds of nanometers in thickness, in fact. To make plates this thin, Georgia Tech is using manufacturing tools used in microelectromechanics and other small-scale industries.

  10. Electrical power converter method and system employing multiple-output converters

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    Beihoff, Bruce C.; Radosevich, Lawrence D.; Meyer, Andreas A.; Gollhardt, Neil; Kannenberg, Daniel G.

    2006-03-21

    A support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. The support, in conjunction with other packaging features may form a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  11. 100kW Energy Transfer Multiplexer Power Converter Prototype Development Project

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    S. Merrill Skeist; Richard H. (Dick) Baker; Anthony G.P. Marini; DOE Project Officer - Keith Bennett

    2006-03-21

    Project Final Report for "100kW Energy Transfer Multiplexer Power Converter Prototype Development Project" prepared under DOE grant number DE-FG36-03GO13138. This project relates to the further development and prototype construction/evaluation for the Energy Transfer Multiplexer (ETM) power converter topology concept. The ETM uses a series resonant link to transfer energy from any phase of a multiphase input to any phase of a multiphase output, converting any input voltage and frequency to any output voltage and frequency. The basic form of the ETM converter consists of an eight (8)-switch matrix (six phase power switches and two ground power switches) and a series L-C resonant circuit. Electronic control of the switches allows energy to be transferred in the proper amount from any phase to any other phase. Depending upon the final circuit application, the switches may be either SCRs or IGBTs. The inherent characteristics of the ETM converter include the following: Power processing in either direction (bidirectional); Large voltage gain without the need of low frequency magnetics; High efficiency independent of output load and frequency; Wide bandwidth with fast transient response and; Operation as a current source. The ETM is able to synthesize true sinusoidal waveforms with low harmonic distortions. For a low power PM wind generation system, the ETM has the following characteristics and advantages: It provides voltage gain without the need of low frequency magnetics (DC inductors) and; It has constant high efficiency independent of the load. The ETM converter can be implemented into a PM wind power system with smaller size, reduced weight and lower cost. As a result of our analyses, the ETM offers wind power generation technology for the reduction of the cost and size as well as the increase in performance of low power, low wind speed power generation. This project is the further theoretical/analytical exploration of the ETM converter concept in relationship to PM wind power generator applications in the 100kW and under power range. The theoretical/analytical and bench scale work focuses on simplifying the basic ETM converter topology (in terms of parts count and complexity) for the specific application of the low power PM system. The project goals and objectives were for Spellman HV will develop a 100kW prototype ETM power converter based on paralleled lower ratings converters. The proposed configuration of this prototype is a 100kW rated converter comprised of four (4) 34kW rated modules connected in parallel (the fourth converter is included to demonstrate N+1 fault tolerance). This approach is more viable as there is lower technological risk involved in developing a 34kW-rated converter than a single 100kW unit. The modular system approach should have a lower deployment and service cost over a single unit system, because of the economics of scale (smaller units at a higher volume means lower manufacturing cost) and because of improved serviceability (a non-redundant power system with one failed module will still operate at a lower power level). There is also the added benefit that greater commercial application and acceptance should be achieved by having a modular system available in which fault tolerance (N+1 or 2N) is a feature. This modular approach would allow the output power to be increased by adding more paralleled converters. Thus, the maximum output power of the overall power system is a function of the interconnection medium (the hot swap connection subsystem), rather than the ratings of a single module. The project was implemented with Spellman HV acting as the program management and production assembly and test facility; The Baker Company acting as a technical consultant and resource when required; and dtm Associates acting as the design/development resource for the hardware development of the 100kW ETM converter prototype.

  12. Frequency-based current-sharing techniques for paralleled power converters

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    Perreault, David J.

    A new current-sharing technique for paralleled power converters, which is based on frequency encoding of the current-sharing information, is introduced. The approach has significant advantages over existing methods, including ...

  13. The capacitively coupled converter (C³) for high power DC-DC conversion 

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    Khan, Shahriar

    1992-01-01

    THE CAPACITIVELY COUPLED CONVERTER (C3) FOR HIGH POWER DC-DC CONVERSION A Thesis by SHAHRIAR KHAN Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER... OF SCIENCE May 1992 Major Subject: Electrical Engineering THE CAPACITIVELY COUPLED CONVERTER (Cs) FOR HIGH POWER DC-DC CONVERSION A Thesis by SHAHRIAR KHAN Approved as to style and content by: Mehrdad Ehsani (Chair of Committee) Prasad Enjeti...

  14. Direct Power Control of Doubly-Fed Generator Based Wind Turbine Converters to Improve Low Voltage

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    by an Industrial Power Corruptor (IPC) in the laboratory. I. INTRODUCTION The new grid code requirements for windDirect Power Control of Doubly-Fed Generator Based Wind Turbine Converters to Improve Low Voltage power integration state that doubly fed induction generator (DFIG) controllers should be capable

  15. Comparative Study of Power Factor Correction Converters For Single Phase Half-Bridge Inverters

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    of input current harmonic distortion and en- ergy efficiency. I. INTRODUCTION Uninterruptible power supplyComparative Study of Power Factor Correction Converters For Single Phase Half-Bridge Inverters Gui an isolation transformer, and sinu- soidal input currents if a power factor correction (PFC) con- verter

  16. MULTILEVEL CONVERTERS - A NEW BREED OF POWER CONVERTERS Jih-Sheng Lail

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  17. Miniaturized, low-voltage power converters with fast dynamic response

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    Giuliano, David (David Michael)

    2013-01-01

    This thesis introduces a two-stage architecture that combines the strengths of switched capacitor (SC) techniques (small size, light-load performance) with the high efficiency and regulation capability of switch-mode power ...

  18. Multilevel Converter Topologies for Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems 

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    Essakiappan, Somasundaram

    2014-04-30

    of ground fault protection systems. Common mode voltages and currents present in high and low power PV systems are analyzed and mitigation strategies such as common mode filter and transformer shielding are proposed to minimize them....

  19. High-Power Converters and AC Drives IEEE PESC2005 Tutorial

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    Wu, Bin

    Overview · MV Drive Applications Industry Application Examples Petrochemical Pipeline pumps, gas Introduction Main Topics · Medium Voltage (MV) Drive Overview · High Power Converter Topologies · MV Industrial Topic 1 Introduction MV Drive Overview · MV Drive Market Survey Main purpose for high-power fan/pump

  20. Integrated Power Adapter: Isolated Converter with Integrated Passives and Low Material Stress

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    None

    2010-09-01

    ADEPT Project: CPES at Virginia Tech is developing an extremely efficient power converter that could be used in power adapters for small, lightweight laptops and other types of mobile electronic devices. Power adapters convert electrical energy into useable power for an electronic device, and they currently waste a lot of energy when they are plugged into an outlet to power up. CPES at Virginia Tech is integrating high-density capacitors, new magnetic materials, high-frequency integrated circuits, and a constant-flux transformer to create its efficient power converter. The high-density capacitors enable the power adapter to store more energy. The new magnetic materials also increase energy storage, and they can be precisely dispensed using a low-cost ink-jet printer which keeps costs down. The high-frequency integrated circuits can handle more power, and they can handle it more efficiently. And, the constant-flux transformer processes a consistent flow of electrical current, which makes the converter more efficient.

  1. Control development for an 18 MW pulsed power converter using a real-time simulation platform

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    Genton, Charles-Mathieu; Boattini, Fulvio

    2015-01-01

    In the frame of the LHC Injectors Upgrade (LIU) project, a new main power supply (MPS) for the PSBooster accelerator is required. The largest element of the new MPS is the 18 MW main power converter (MPC). The paper presents the design of the MPC control software, using Rapid Control Prototyping.

  2. Compact fluid cooled power converter supporting multiple circuit boards

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    Radosevich, Lawrence D.; Meyer, Andreas A.; Beihoff, Bruce C.; Kannenberg, Daniel G.

    2005-03-08

    A support may receive one or more power electronic circuits. The support may aid in removing heat from the circuits through fluid circulating through the support. The support, in conjunction with other packaging features may form a shield from both external EMI/RFI and from interference generated by operation of the power electronic circuits. Features may be provided to permit and enhance connection of the circuitry to external circuitry, such as improved terminal configurations. Modular units may be assembled that may be coupled to electronic circuitry via plug-in arrangements or through interface with a backplane or similar mounting and interconnecting structures.

  3. Converting solar-photovoltaic power into exportable products

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    Oman, H.

    1997-12-31

    Nations, states, and even communities must generate exportable products that earn money for buying needed imports. Exports have ranged from tourist services to hardwood logs. Fertile land, with irrigation water and fertilizer, grows exportable food. On the other hand a hot dry desert with no mineral resources presents a challenge to its occupants. Solar power could be generated and exported, but that requires construction of expensive transmission lines which are in service only when the sun shines. Among new options is a solar-powered plant that recovers zinc from the zinc oxide produced during discharge of zinc-air electric-vehicle batteries. A hectare-size solar-power plant with 30-percent efficient solar cells can in eight hours recover enough zinc to power 36,000 /km (22,000 miles) of travel in lightweight 4-passenger electric vehicles. A by-product could be renewable fuel for use by local residents in electric bicycles. One oriented solar panel, 10 meters by 10 meters in size, with 30-percent efficient solar cells, could in one day deliver enough energy for traveling 14,700 km (9176 miles) on bicycles. This by far exceeds the travel distance that could be obtained in one day by riding on an animal that is pastured on a s0-by-10 meter area.

  4. Abstract Designers of advanced power converters may choose from a variety of switching device models for simulation. Some

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    Abstract ­ Designers of advanced power converters may choose from a variety of switching device to the design of a typical power converter than voltage transients. Averaging is used in [7] to create a power dissipation model. The present work instead inserts power dissipating elements at each switching edge

  5. A single-inductor switching DC-DC converter with five outputs and ordered power-distributive control

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    Le, Hanh-Phuc; Chae, Chang-Seok; Lee, Kwang-Chan; Wang, Se-Won; Cho, Gyu-Ha; Cho, Gyu-Hyeong

    2007-01-01

    A. I. Pressman, Switching Power Supply Design. New York: Mc-switching tran- sients. In this design, since each powerdesigns for power electronics and telecommunications applications, with current emphasis on switch-mode power converters, hybrid switching

  6. Merged Two-Stage Power Converter With Soft Charging Switched-Capacitor Stage in 180 nm CMOS

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    Pilawa-Podgurski, Robert C. N.

    In this paper, we introduce a merged two-stage dc-dc power converter for low-voltage power delivery. By separating the transformation and regulation function of a dc-dc power converter into two stages, both large voltage ...

  7. A Transformer-less Partial Power Boost Converter for PV Applications Using a Three-Level Switching Cell

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    Mohammed Agamy; Maja Harfman-Todorovic; Ahmed Elasser; Somasundaram Essakiappan

    2013-03-01

    Photovoltaic architectures with distributed power electronics provide many advantages in terms of energy yield as well as system level optimization. As the power level of the solar farm increases it becomes more beneficial to increase the dc collection network voltage, which requires the use of power devices with higher voltage ratings, and thus making the design of efficient, low cost, distributed power converters more challenging. In this paper a simple partial power converter topology is proposed. The topology is implemented using a three-level switching cell, which allows the use of semiconductor devices with lower voltage rating; thus improving design and performance and reducing converter cost. This makes the converters suitable for use for medium to high power applications where dc-link voltages of 600V~1kV may be needed without the need for high voltage devices. Converter operation and experimental results are presented for two partial power circuit variants using three-level switching cells.

  8. AlGaAs/GaAs photovoltaic converters for high power narrowband radiation

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    Khvostikov, Vladimir; Kalyuzhnyy, Nikolay; Mintairov, Sergey; Potapovich, Nataliia; Shvarts, Maxim; Sorokina, Svetlana; Andreev, Viacheslav; Luque, Antonio

    2014-09-26

    AlGaAs/GaAs-based laser power PV converters intended for operation with high-power (up to 100 W/cm{sup 2}) radiation were fabricated by LPE and MOCVD techniques. Monochromatic (? = 809 nm) conversion efficiency up to 60% was measured at cells with back surface field and low (x = 0.2) Al concentration 'window'. Modules with a voltage of 4 V and the efficiency of 56% were designed and fabricated.

  9. POPS: the 60MW power converter for the PS accelerator: Control strategy and performances

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    Boattini, Fulvio; Skawinski, Gregory

    2015-01-01

    The main power supply of Proton-Synchrotron (PS) accelerator is one of the biggest at CERN. The old rotating machine system has been replaced with a new NPC based DC/DC power supply named POPS (Power system for PS main magnets) with capacitor banks as energy storage mean. POPS is in operation since February 2011. The operation of the PS accelerator requires a specific design of the control system with very high performance requirements in term of accuracy and precision. This paper describes the main lines of the control strategies analyzing the problems encountered and the solutions adopted. The performances of the converter are presented throughout the paper.

  10. Design of a High Power Continuous Source of Broadband Down-Converted Light

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    Avi Pe'er; Yaron Silberberg; Barak Dayan; Asher A. Friesem

    2006-08-29

    We present the design and experimental proof of principle of a low threshold optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that continuously oscillates over a large bandwidth allowed by phase matching. The large oscillation bandwidth is achieved with a selective two-photon loss that suppresses the inherent mode competition, which tends to narrow the bandwidth in conventional OPOs. Our design performs pairwise mode-locking of many frequency pairs, in direct equivalence to passive mode-locking of ultrashort pulsed lasers. The ability to obtain high powers of continuous \\textit{and} broadband down-converted light enables the optimal exploitation of the correlations within the down-converted spectrum, thereby strongly affecting two-photon interactions even at classically high power levels, and opening new venues for applications such as two-photon spectroscopy and microscopy and optical spread spectrum communication.

  11. Interconnected High-Voltage Pulsed-Power Converters System Design for H? Ion Sources

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    Aguglia, D

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the design and experimental validations of a system of three new high-voltage (HV) pulsedpower converters for the H? sources. The system requires three pulsed voltages (50, 40, and 25 kV to ground) at 2-Hz repetition rate, for 700 ?s of usable flat-top. The solution presents ripplefree output voltages and minimal stored energy to protect the ion source from the consequences of arc events. Experimental results on the final full-scale prototype are presented. In case of short-circuit events, the maximal energy delivered to the source is in the Joule range. HV flat-top stability of 1% is experimentally achieved with a simple Proportional-Integral- Derivative regulation and preliminary tuned H? source (e.g., radio frequency control, gas injection, and so forth). The system is running since more than a year with no power converter failures and damage to the source.

  12. MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, California, March 24-28, 2008 SiC-BASED POWER CONVERTERS

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    . · Developing temperature-dependent device and power converter models for various system simulation studies Science, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-2100 2 Power Electronics and Electric Machinery of the power electronics and cooling systems and increasing their efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy

  13. The Use of Power Sums to Solve the Harmonic Elimination Equations for Multilevel Converters EPE Journal Vol. 15 no

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    of solar cells are dc voltages, and if this energy is to be fed to into an ac power grid, a powerThe Use of Power Sums to Solve the Harmonic Elimination Equations for Multilevel Converters EPE electronic interface is required. A multilevel inverter is ideal for connecting such distributed dc energy

  14. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    A review of wave energy converter technology. Proceedings ofdecades. With the technology of wave-energy convert- ers(Wave energy utilization: A review of the technologies. Re-

  15. Power Electronics Technology October 2004 www.powerelectronics.com48 Power Converters for

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    Fuel Cells Consideration of power conversion requirements during fuel cell design enables optimization of the energy density, power, size and cost for the complete micro fuel cell system. By Jonathan Systems,Champaign,Ill. M icro fuel cells have made tremendous strides in the past few years. New ma

  16. 670 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 18, NO. 2, MARCH 2003 Integrated Magnetic Full Wave Converter With

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    Lehman, Brad

    of these circuits are being proposed in 30 W 100 W range, and have great potential for telecommunication power670 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 18, NO. 2, MARCH 2003 Integrated Magnetic Full Wave Converter With Flexible Output Inductor Liang Yan, Student Member, IEEE, Dayu Qu, Member, IEEE

  17. 480 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 22, NO. 2, MARCH 2007 Three-Port Bidirectional Converter

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    Simões, Marcelo Godoy

    with quick load variations. A suitable three-port, galvanic isolated, bidirectional power converter is proposed to control the power flow. An energy management method for the proposed three-port circuit may be less than available current, but this re- sults in unused fuel and decrease of efficiency from

  18. Power Converter Topologies with Energy Recovery and Grid Power Limitation For Inductive Load Applications

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    Rossini, Stefano; Papastergiou, Konstantinos; Le Godec, Gilles; Retegui, Rogelio Garcia; Maestri, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    This work investigates a grid interface for power supplies used in particle accelerators for cycling loads such as large electromagnets. Two topologies are discussed integrating magnetic energy recovery. For each topology, the associated energy management strategies are examined with the objective to control the grid current profile. A model is established for each of the proposed solutions and the simulation results are presented. A critical review of the investigated energy management solutions is attempted.

  19. Photovoltaic power converter system with a controller configured to actively compensate load harmonics

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    de Rooij, Michael Andrew (Clifton Park, NY); Steigerwald, Robert Louis (Burnt Hills, NY); Delgado, Eladio Clemente (Burnt Hills, NY)

    2008-12-16

    Photovoltaic power converter system including a controller configured to reduce load harmonics is provided. The system comprises a photovoltaic array and an inverter electrically coupled to the array to generate an output current for energizing a load connected to the inverter and to a mains grid supply voltage. The system further comprises a controller including a first circuit coupled to receive a load current to measure a harmonic current in the load current. The controller includes a second circuit to generate a fundamental reference drawn by the load. The controller further includes a third circuit for combining the measured harmonic current and the fundamental reference to generate a command output signal for generating the output current for energizing the load connected to the inverter. The photovoltaic system may be configured to compensate harmonic currents that may be drawn by the load.

  20. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    A review of wave energy converter technology. Proceedings ofWave energy utilization: A review of the technologies. Re-decades. With the technology of wave-energy convert- ers(

  1. Power Maximization in Wave-Energy Converters Using Sampled -Data Extremum Seeking /

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    Chen, Tianjia

    2013-01-01

    design optimization of wave energy converters con- sistingN. Sahinkaya. A review of wave energy converter technology.2009. [6] A.F.O. Falc˜ao. Wave energy utilization: A review

  2. Apparatus for transmitting power obtained by converting the exhaust energy of an engine

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    Miyajima, H.

    1988-08-30

    This patent describes an apparatus for transmitting power obtained by converting the exhaust energy of a primary engine, the primary engine having a crank shaft and an exhaust passage for passing exhaust gas from the engine. The apparatus consists of: an output turbine having an output shaft and an intake port coupled to the exhaust passage; a compressor mounted on the output shaft of the turbine and including an outlet port; a rotary type engine having a double jointed trochoidal shaped rotor housing, the housing having an expansion chamber with an intake port and an outlet port and a compression chamber, the engine further comprising an eccentrically rotatable generally triangular shaped rotor mounted within the housing and a rotor shaft coupled to the rotor. The outlet port of the compressor is coupled to the intake port of the expansion chamber, the outlet port of the expansion chamber being coupled to the intake port of the output turbine; and power transmitting means connected between the crank shaft of the primary engine and the rotor shaft of the rotary engine whereby auxiliary power is provided to the primary engine.

  3. A Predictive power control of Doubly Fed Induction Generator for Wave Energy Converter

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    Brest, Université de

    Switchgear Wave converter control Gear hal-01023509,version1-13Jul2014 Author manuscript, published in "IEEE

  4. Analysis and design of matrix converters for adjustable speed drives and distributed power sources 

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    Cha, Han Ju

    2004-11-15

    -link. The new converter provides flexible voltage transfer ratio and galvanic isolation between input and output ac sources. Finally, the matrix converter concept is extended to dc/ac conversion from ac/ac conversion. The new dc/ac direct converter consists...

  5. A Multiphase, Modular, Bidirectional, Triple-Voltage DC-DC Converter Power Systems

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    Su, Gui-Jia [ORNL; Tang, Lixin [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    Electrical power systems in future hybrid and fuel cell vehicles may employ three voltage [14 V, 42 V, and high voltage (HV)] nets. These will be necessary to accommodate existing 14-V loads as well as efficiently handle new heavy loads at the 42-V net and a traction drive on the HV bus. A low-cost DC-DC converter was proposed for connecting the three voltage nets. It minimizes the number of switches and their associated gate driver components by using two half-bridges and a high-frequency transformer. Another salient feature is that the half bridge on the 42-V bus is also utilized to provide the 14-V bus by operating at duty ratios around an atypical value of 1/3. Moreover, it makes use of the parasitic capacitance of the switches and the transformer leakage inductance for soft switching. The use of half bridges makes the topology well suited for interleaved multiphase modular configurations as a means to increase the power level because the capacitor legs can be shared. This paper presents simulation and experimental results on an interleaved two-phase arrangement rated at 4.5 kW. Also discussed are the benefits of operating with an atypical duty ratio on the transformer and a preferred multiphase configuration to minimize capacitor ripple currents.

  6. 1668 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 27, NO. 4, APRIL 2012 55-kW Variable 3X DC-DC Converter for Plug-in

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    vehicle (HEV) traction drives. The boost converter used in commercial HEVs meets with obstacles when is shown in Fig. 1. In this system, the dc-dc converter boosts the battery voltage from 244 V to three op series-parallel HEV. speed and power demand of the vehicle. In this traditional dc- dc boost converter

  7. DEVELOPMENT OF PTO-SIM: A POWER PERFORMANCE MODULE FOR THE OPEN-SOURCE WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER CODE WEC-SIM

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    DEVELOPMENT OF PTO-SIM: A POWER PERFORMANCE MODULE FOR THE OPEN-SOURCE WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER CODE National Laboratories Albuquerque, NM USA Email: kelley.ruehl@sandia.gov ABSTRACT WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter-SIMulator) is an open- source wave energy converter (WEC) code capable of simulat- ing WECs

  8. An Integrated Onboard Charger and Accessary Power Converter for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

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    Su, Gui-Jia; Tang, Lixin

    2013-01-01

    Abstract: In this paper, an integrated onboard battery charger and accessary dc-dc converter for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) is presented. The idea is to utilize the already available traction drive inverters and motors of a PEV as the frond converter of the charger circuit and the transformer of the 14 V accessary dc-dc converter to provide galvanic isolation. The topology was verified by modeling and experimental results on a 5 kW charger prototype

  9. A Bidirectional High-Power-Quality Grid Interface With a Novel Bidirectional Noninverted Buck Boost Converter for PHEVs

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    Onar, Omer C

    2012-01-01

    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) will play a vital role in future sustainable transportation systems due to their potential in terms of energy security, decreased environmental impact, improved fuel economy, and better performance. Moreover, new regulations have been established to improve the collective gas mileage, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce dependence on foreign oil. This paper primarily focuses on two major thrust areas of PHEVs. First, it introduces a grid-friendly bidirectional alternating current/direct current ac/dc dc/ac rectifier/inverter for facilitating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) integration of PHEVs. Second, it presents an integrated bidirectional noninverted buck boost converter that interfaces the energy storage device of the PHEV to the dc link in both grid-connected and driving modes. The proposed bidirectional converter has minimal grid-level disruptions in terms of power factor and total harmonic distortion, with less switching noise. The integrated bidirectional dc/dc converter assists the grid interface converter to track the charge/discharge power of the PHEV battery. In addition, while driving, the dc/dc converter provides a regulated dc link voltage to the motor drive and captures the braking energy during regenerative braking.

  10. Deep Cryogenic Low Power 24 Bits Analog to Digital Converter with Active Reverse Cryostat

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    Turqueti, Marcos; Prestemon, Soren; Albright, Robert

    2015-07-15

    LBNL is developing an innovative data acquisition module for superconductive magnets where the front-end electronics and digitizer resides inside the cryostat. This electronic package allows conventional electronic technologies such as enhanced metal–oxide–semiconductor to work inside cryostats at temperatures as low as 4.2 K. This is achieved by careful management of heat inside the module that keeps the electronic envelop at approximately 85 K. This approach avoids all the difficulties that arise from changes in carrier mobility that occur in semiconductors at deep cryogenic temperatures. There are several advantages in utilizing this system. A significant reduction in electrical noise from signalsmore »captured inside the cryostat occurs due to the low temperature that the electronics is immersed in, reducing the thermal noise. The shorter distance that signals are transmitted before digitalization reduces pickup and cross-talk between channels. This improved performance in signal-to-noise rate by itself is a significant advantage. Another important advantage is the simplification of the feedthrough interface on the cryostat head. Data coming out of the cryostat is digital and serial, dramatically reducing the number of lines going through the cryostat feedthrough interface. It is important to notice that all lines coming out of the cryostat are digital and low voltage, reducing the possibility of electric breakdown inside the cryostat. This paper will explain in details the architecture and inner workings of this data acquisition system. It will also provide the performance of the analog to digital converter when the system is immersed in liquid helium, and in liquid nitrogen. Parameters such as power dissipation, integral non-linearity, effective number of bits, signal-to-noise and distortion, will be presented for both temperatures.« less

  11. Deep Cryogenic Low Power 24 Bits Analog to Digital Converter with Active Reverse Cryostat

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    Turqueti, Marcos [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Prestemon, Soren [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Albright, Robert [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2015-01-01

    LBNL is developing an innovative data acquisition module for superconductive magnets where the front-end electronics and digitizer resides inside the cryostat. This electronic package allows conventional electronic technologies such as enhanced metal–oxide–semiconductor to work inside cryostats at temperatures as low as 4.2 K. This is achieved by careful management of heat inside the module that keeps the electronic envelop at approximately 85 K. This approach avoids all the difficulties that arise from changes in carrier mobility that occur in semiconductors at deep cryogenic temperatures. There are several advantages in utilizing this system. A significant reduction in electrical noise from signals captured inside the cryostat occurs due to the low temperature that the electronics is immersed in, reducing the thermal noise. The shorter distance that signals are transmitted before digitalization reduces pickup and cross-talk between channels. This improved performance in signal-to-noise rate by itself is a significant advantage. Another important advantage is the simplification of the feedthrough interface on the cryostat head. Data coming out of the cryostat is digital and serial, dramatically reducing the number of lines going through the cryostat feedthrough interface. It is important to notice that all lines coming out of the cryostat are digital and low voltage, reducing the possibility of electric breakdown inside the cryostat. This paper will explain in details the architecture and inner workings of this data acquisition system. It will also provide the performance of the analog to digital converter when the system is immersed in liquid helium, and in liquid nitrogen. Parameters such as power dissipation, integral non-linearity, effective number of bits, signal-to-noise and distortion, will be presented for both temperatures.

  12. Design of ultra low power analog-to-digital converter for ambulatory EEG recording

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    El-Damak, Dina Reda

    2012-01-01

    Portable acquisition of biopotential signals requires the design of compact, energy efficient circuits and systems. Such systems typically include analog-to-digital converter for digitizing signals from AFE and feeding it ...

  13. Predictive Power Control of Doubly-Fed Induction Generator for Wave Energy Converters

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Energy Converter Control Main Circuit Breaker Medium Voltage Switchgear Line Coupling Transformer Gear Medium Voltage Switchgear Line Coupling Transformer Fig. 1. An illustrative example of DFIG-based WEC

  14. Zero-Crossing-Based Ultra-Low-Power A/D Converters

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    Lee, Hae-Seung

    Since the first demonstration of a comparator-based switched-capacitor circuit, analog-to-digital (A/D) converters based on virtual ground detection have made steady and significant progress. Comparators have been replaced ...

  15. A New Integrated Onboard Charger and Accessory Power Converter for Plug-in Electric Vehicles

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    Su, Gui-Jia [ORNL; Tang, Lixin [ORNL

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a new approach is presented for integrating the function of onboard battery charging into the traction drive system and accessory dc-dc converter of a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV). The idea is to utilize the segmented traction drive system of a PEV as the frond converter of the charging circuit and the transformer and high voltage converter of the 14 V accessory dc-dc converter to form a galvanically isolated onboard charger. Moreover, a control method is presented for suppressing the battery current ripple component of twice the grid frequency with the reduced dc bus capacitor in the segmented inverter. The resultant integrated charger has lower cost, weight, and volume than a standalone charger due to a substantially reduced component count. The proposed integrated charger topology was verified by modeling and experimental results on a 5.8 kW charger prototype.

  16. Abstract--A novel control scheme for improving the power efficiency of low-voltage DC-DC converters for battery-powered,

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    -DC converters for battery-powered, portable applications is presented. In such applications, light- load efficiency is crucial for extending battery life, since mobile devices operate in stand-by mode for most-of-the-art techniques. As a result, the battery life in a typical DSP microprocessor application is improved by 7

  17. Low Power DC-DC Converters and a Low Quiescent Power High PSRR Class-D Audio Amplifier 

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    Torres, Joselyn

    2013-12-03

    High-performance DC-DC voltage converters and high-efficient class-D audio amplifiers are required to extend battery life and reduce cost in portable electronics. This dissertation focuses on new system architectures and design techniques...

  18. Study of Power Converter Topologies with Energy Recovery and grid power flow control. Part A: 2-quadrant converter with energy storage.

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    Maestri, S; Uicich, G; Benedetti, M; Le Godec, G; Papastergiou, K

    2015-01-01

    In the framework of a Transfer line (TT2) Consolidation Programme, a number of studies on Energy cycling have been commissioned. Part of this work involves the study of different power electronic system topologies for magnet energy recovery [1{5]. In this report, the use of a two-quadrant (2Q) regulator connected to the DC link of a 4-quadrant magnet supply is analysed. The key objective of the study is to find control strategies that result in the control of the peak power required from the power network as well as to recover the magnet energy into capacitor banks with controlled voltage fluctuation. The study comprises the modelling of the system by means of the method of state averaging and the development of regulation strategies to energy management. The proposed control strategies can be divided in two groups: in the first group, the magnet current is used to dene the reference for the control system, while in the second group this current is considered as a perturbation and some strategies are devised ...

  19. Performance Evaluation of a Multi-Port DC-DC Current Source Converter for High Power Applications 

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    Yancey, Billy Ferrall

    2011-08-08

    the voltage source doesn?t change polarity, current direction does not change, and a resistive load cannot generate power. Scenario?s 3 ? 6 also do not 36? ? make sense and this will be shown during the explanation of Scenario 2. Therefore only... earlier power transfer between source converters cannot occur because the voltage or current cannot change directions. In order to observe the behavior of this scenario the firing angle of the load was set at ?314 = 0?/180 ? and ?323 = 180...

  20. Integrated CMOS Energy Harvesting Converter with Digital Maximum Power Point Tracking for a Portable Thermophotovoltaic Power Generator

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    Pilawa-Podgurski, Robert

    This paper presents an integrated maximum power point tracking system for use with a thermophotovoltaic (TPV) portable power generator. The design, implemented in 0.35 ?m CMOS technology, consists of a low-power control ...

  1. A single-inductor switching DC-DC converter with five outputs and ordered power-distributive control

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    Le, Hanh-Phuc; Chae, Chang-Seok; Lee, Kwang-Chan; Wang, Se-Won; Cho, Gyu-Ha; Cho, Gyu-Hyeong

    2007-01-01

    integrated current mode boost converter in standard 3.3=5-Vef?ciency CMOS DC-DC boost converter with current sensingdeveloping reset ICs, boost converters for PM OLED, and SIMO

  2. Design of low-voltage, high-bandwidth radio frequency power converters

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    Hu, Jingying, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2012-01-01

    The mass and volume required for power electronics circuitry is a dominant obstacle to the miniaturization and integration of many systems. Likewise, power electronics with greater bandwidth and efficiency are becoming ...

  3. Sandia Energy - WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator)

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) Home Stationary Power Energy Conversion Efficiency Water Power WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter...

  4. Garbage In, Power Out: South Carolina BMW Plant Converts Landfill Gas to Hydrogen Fuel

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The largest fuel cell forklift fleet in the world is now being powered with hydrogen produced on-site from biomethane gas at a nearby landfill.

  5. 1654 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 24, NO. 6, JUNE 2009 Very-High-Frequency Resonant Boost Converters

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    Perreault, Dave

    Boost Converters Robert C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski, Student Member, IEEE, Anthony D. Sagneri, Student Member amplifier, class- inverter, harmonic peaking, resonant boost converter, resonant dc­ dc converter, resonant.2016098 Fig. 1. Schematic of the proposed resonant boost converter topology. [6]­[8], and [10], it is often

  6. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 20, NO. 5, SEPTEMBER 2005 1093 System Identification of Power Converters

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    IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 20, NO. 5, SEPTEMBER 2005 1093 System Identification; revised February 2, 2005. This work is supported by NASA through the Colorado Power Electronics Center. Recom- mended by Associate Editor B. Lehman. The authors are with the Colorado Power Electronics Center

  7. A Power Converter with a Rotating Secondary Stage for an Airborne Radar System 

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    Papastergiou, Konstantinos

    2006-06-22

    Contact-less transfer of energy has always been a desired feature for systems that require reliable and durable power transfer across their moving parts. In rotary equipment in particular, slip-rings are the established ...

  8. Interaction of DC-DC converters and submarine power cables in offshore wind farm DC networks 

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    Wood, Thomas Benedict

    2014-06-30

    Offshore wind power is attracting increasing levels of research and investment. The use of HVDC transmission and the development of DC grids are topics with similar high levels of interest that go hand in hand with the ...

  9. Bacteria can help convert waste to power IANS 7 September 2009, 02:59pm IST

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    Lovley, Derek

    they called KN400 that grew prolifically on the graphite anodes of fuel cells. The bacteria formed a thick bio batteries if they fail but to be successful they need to have an efficient and long lasting source of power

  10. Analysis and design of closed-loop control of power electronic converter systems 

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    Huang, Yenchin

    1997-01-01

    filter system to cancel neutral current harmonic (IOOA) in a threephase four-wire electric distribution system. (b)Input power factor correction and harmonic reduction stage of a commercially available electronic ballast (12OV, 64W) for fluorescent...

  11. Control strategies for 2-quadrant converter used in grid power flow control

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    Maestri, Sebastian; Uicich, Gustavo; Benedetti, Mario; Papastergiou, Konstantinos; Le Godec, Gilles

    2015-01-01

    This work presents the analysis of a two-quadrant regulator connected to the DC-link of a 4-quadrant magnet supply. The key objective is to present some regulation strategies for controlling the peak power required from the power network as well as to recover the magnet energy into capacitor banks. A comparative study that highlights the trade off between the size of reactive elements, and the peak current drawn from the electrical network is presented.

  12. Chip-Scale Power Conversion for LED Lighting: Integrated Power Chip Converter for Solid-State Lighting

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    None

    2010-10-01

    ADEPT Project: Teledyne is developing cost-effective power drivers for energy-efficient LED lights that fit on a compact chip. These power drivers are important because they transmit power throughout the LED device. Traditional LED driver components waste energy and don't last as long as the LED itself. They are also large and bulky, so they must be assembled onto a circuit board separately which increases the overall manufacturing cost of the LED light. Teledyne is shrinking the size and improving the efficiency of its LED driver components by using thin layers of an iron magnetic alloy and new gallium nitride on silicon devices. Smaller, more efficient components will enable the drivers to be integrated on a single chip, reducing costs. The new semiconductors in Teledyne's drivers can also handle higher levels of power and last longer without sacrificing efficiency. Initial applications for Teledyne's LED power drivers include refrigerated grocery display cases and retail lighting.

  13. Chapter 31 Multilevel Power Converters Surin Khomfoi and Leon M. Tolbert

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    ratings, but also enables the use of renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources to perform the power conversion by synthesizing a staircase voltage waveform. Capacitors, batteries, and renewable energy voltage sources can be used as the multiple dc voltage sources. The commutation

  14. Single Event Upset Energy Dependence In a Buck-Converter Power Supply Design

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    Drake, G; The ATLAS collaboration; Gopalakrishnan, A; Mahadik, S; Mellado, B; Proudfoot, J; Reed, R; Senthilkumaran, A; Stanek, R

    2012-01-01

    We present a study of Single Event Upsets (SEU) performed on a commercial pulse-width modulator controller chip for switching power supplies. We performed tests to study the probability of an SEU occurring as a function of incident particle (hadron) energy. We discuss the performance of the circuit, and present a solution using external circuitry to effectively eliminate the effect.

  15. A Fully Integrated Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converter with Dual Output for Low Power Application

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    Ayers, Joseph

    . The entire converter system uses two 2-to-1 converter blocks. The upper output voltage (3.2V) is generated from the 2-to-1_up converter by means of averaging the 5V input and the generated lower output voltage is designed using high-voltage 0.35m BCDMOS technology. Both output voltages are regulated by means of pulse

  16. A feasibility assessment of magnetic bearings for free-piston Stirling space power converters

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    Curwen, P.W.; Rao, D.K.; Wilson, D.S.

    1992-06-01

    This report describes work performed by Mechanical Technology Incorporated (MTI) under NASA Contract NAS3-26061, {open_quotes}A Feasibility Assessment of Magnetic Bearings for Free-Piston Stirling Space Engines.{close_quotes} The work was performed over the period from July 1990 through August 1991. The objective of the effort was to assess the feasibility and efficacy of applying magnetic bearings to free-piston Stirling-cycle power conversion machinery of the type currently being evaluated for possible use in future long-term space missions.

  17. Beam converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Poulsen, Peter

    2003-05-06

    A converter and method for converting electron energy to irradiative energy comprising foam and/or foil. Foam and foil optionally comprise a high-Z material, such as, but not limited to, tantalum.

  18. Bacteria that generate significant amounts of electricity could be used in microbial fuel cells to provide power in remote environments or to convert

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    Lovley, Derek

    Bacteria that generate significant amounts of electricity could be used in microbial fuel cells to provide power in remote environments or to convert waste to electricity. Professor Derek Lovley from the University of Massachusetts, USA isolated bacteria with large numbers of tiny projections called pili which

  19. 2552 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 22, NO. 6, NOVEMBER 2007 Small-Signal Discrete-Time Modeling of Digitally Controlled PWM Converters

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    2552 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 22, NO. 6, NOVEMBER 2007 Small-Signal Discrete- tion mode (CCM) with a single effective A/D sampling instant per switching period. The model, which design of digital compensators. The letter presents general results valid for any CCM converter

  20. Design Techniques for High Speed Low Voltage and Low Power Non-Calibrated Pipeline Analog to Digital Converters 

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    Assaad, Rida Shawky

    2011-02-22

    The profound digitization of modern microelectronic modules made Analog-to- Digital converters (ADC) key components in many systems. With resolutions up to 14bits and sampling rates in the 100s of MHz, the pipeline ADC ...

  1. Thermionic converter

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Fitzpatrick, G.O.

    1987-05-19

    A thermionic converter is set forth which includes an envelope having an electron collector structure attached adjacent to a wall. An electron emitter structure is positioned adjacent the collector structure and spaced apart from opposite wall. The emitter and collector structures are in a common chamber. The emitter structure is heated substantially only by thermal radiation. Very small interelectrode gaps can be maintained utilizing the thermionic converter whereby increased efficiency results. 10 figs.

  2. 422 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, VOL. 18, NO. 2, MAY 2003 Converting System Limits to Market Signals

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    for converting system limits into market signals. One classification of methods is ac- cording to reliability driven (TLR and similar) versus market driven (LMP and similar) methods. A second classification and Christensen Associates, Madison, WI 53705 USA (e-mail: alvarado@engr.wisc.edu). Digital Object Identifier 10

  3. Utility-Scale Solar Power Converter: Agile Direct Grid Connect Medium Voltage 4.7-13.8 kV Power Converter for PV Applications Utilizing Wide Band Gap Devices

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    2012-01-25

    Solar ADEPT Project: Satcon is developing a compact, lightweight power conversion device that is capable of taking utility-scale solar power and outputting it directly into the electric utility grid at distribution voltage levels—eliminating the need for large transformers. Transformers “step up” the voltage of the power that is generated by a solar power system so it can be efficiently transported through transmission lines and eventually “stepped down” to usable voltages before it enters homes and businesses. Power companies step up the voltage because less electricity is lost along transmission lines when the voltage is high and current is low. Satcon’s new power conversion devices will eliminate these heavy transformers and connect a utility-scale solar power system directly to the grid. Satcon’s modular devices are designed to ensure reliability—if one device fails it can be bypassed and the system can continue to run.

  4. Low-power adaptive control scheme using switching activity measurement method for reconfigurable analog-to-digital converters 

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    Ab Razak, Mohd Zulhakimi

    2014-06-30

    Power consumption is a critical issue for portable devices. The ever-increasing demand for multimode wireless applications and the growing concerns towards power-aware green technology make dynamically reconfigurable ...

  5. Dual Current-Mode Control for Single-Switch Two-Output Switching Power Converters S. C. Wong, C. K. Tse and K. C. Tang

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    a single-switch two-output boost converter, in which a continuous-mode converter and a discontinuous boost converters, one operating in contin- uous conduction mode (CCM) and the other in discontinuous. We shall make reference to a single-switch two-output boost converter later in the paper. Suppose

  6. A High Power Density Electrostatic Vibration-to-Electric Energy Converter Based On An In-Plane Overlap Plate (IPOP) Mechanism

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    Paracha, A M; Marty, F; Chasin, A Vaisman; Poulichet, P; Bourouina, T

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, design, fabrication and characterization issues of a bulk silicon-based, vibration powered, electric energy generator are addressed. The converter is based on an In-Plane Overlap Plate (IPOP) configuration [1]. Measurements have shown that with a theoretically lossless electronics and a starting voltage of 5 V, power density of 58 $\\mu$W/cm3 is achievable at the resonance frequency of 290 Hz. It can be further improved by reducing the parasitic capacitance, which can be achieved by silicon etching, but a considerable mass is lost. In [2], it is shown that 19% of mass reduction improves power density from 12.95 $\\mu$W/cm3 to 59 $\\mu$W/cm3. Hence an enhancement in fabrication process is proposed, which is termed as Backside DRIE. It helps in increasing power density without loosing an important quantity of mass. Simulations have shown that 2.5% of mass removal improves power density up to 76.71 $\\mu$W/cm3. Initial simulation results and problems of associated electronics are also discussed.

  7. Design and analysis of modern three-phase AC/AC power converters for AC drives and utility interface 

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    Kwak, Sangshin

    2005-08-29

    on a high-power load commutated inverter and a mediumpower voltage source inverter. Natural commutation of the load commutated inverter is actively controlled by the voltage source inverter. In addition, the developed hybrid system ensures sinusoidal...

  8. Self-Starting DC:DC Boost Converter for Low-Power and Low-Voltage Microbial Electric Generators

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    such as microbial fuel cells and microbial desalination cells. The harvested power is 10mW under input voltage Vin=0 desalination. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are the most common type of MEG. Researches on this subject started efficiency of 74% is achieved under realistic harvesting conditions. I. INTRODUCTION Microbial electric

  9. A New Multiple-stage Converter Topology for High Power and High Precision Fast Pulsed Current Sources

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    Cravero, J M; Garcia Retegui, R; Wassinger, N; Benedetti, M

    2010-01-01

    A new high current, low rise time and high precision pulse generator is presented. The topology is based on the use of different stages, each one specific for a particular operation range in terms of power and switching frequency. The design and operating principle of the proposed topology are described. Finally, the results obtained from an implemented reduced scale prototype are compared with the simulation ones in order to validate the design

  10. Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter

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    Stefan G. Siegel, Ph.D.

    2012-11-30

    This program allowed further advancing the development of a novel type of wave energy converter, a Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter or CycWEC. A CycWEC consists of one or more hydrofoils rotating around a central shaft, and operates fully submerged beneath the water surface. It operates under feedback control sensing the incoming waves, and converts wave power to shaft power directly without any intermediate power take off system. Previous research consisting of numerical simulations and two dimensional small 1:300 scale wave flume experiments had indicated wave cancellation efficiencies beyond 95%. The present work was centered on construction and testing of a 1:10 scale model and conducting two testing campaigns in a three dimensional wave basin. These experiments allowed for the first time for direct measurement of electrical power generated as well as the interaction of the CycWEC in a three dimensional environment. The Atargis team successfully conducted two testing campaigns at the Texas A&M Offshore Technology Research Center and was able to demonstrate electricity generation. In addition, three dimensional wave diffraction results show the ability to achieve wave focusing, thus increasing the amount of wave power that can be extracted beyond what was expected from earlier two dimensional investigations. Numerical results showed wave cancellation efficiencies for irregular waves to be on par with results for regular waves over a wide range of wave lengths. Using the results from previous simulations and experiments a full scale prototype was designed and its performance in a North Atlantic wave climate of average 30kW/m of wave crest was estimated. A full scale WEC with a blade span of 150m will deliver a design power of 5MW at an estimated levelized cost of energy (LCOE) in the range of 10-17 US cents per kWh. Based on the new results achieved in the 1:10 scale experiments these estimates appear conservative and the likely performance at full scale will exceed this initial performance estimates. In advancing the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of this type of wave energy converter from 3 to 4, we find the CycWEC to exceed our initial estimates in terms of hydrodynamic performance. Once fully developed and optimized, it has the potential to not just outperform all other WEC technologies, but to also deliver power at a lower LCOE than competing conventional renewables like wind and solar. Given the large wave power resource both domestically and internationally, this technology has the potential to lead to a large improvement in our ability to produce clean electricity at affordable cost.

  11. Development of a 33 kV, 20 A long pulse converter modulator for high average power klystron

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    Reghu, T.; Mandloi, V.; Shrivastava, Purushottam [Pulsed High Power Microwave Section, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore 452013, M.P. (India)] [Pulsed High Power Microwave Section, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore 452013, M.P. (India)

    2014-05-15

    Research, design, and development of high average power, long pulse modulators for the proposed Indian Spallation Neutron Source are underway at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology. With this objective, a prototype of long pulse modulator capable of delivering 33 kV, 20 A at 5 Hz repetition rate has been designed and developed. Three Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) based switching modules driving high frequency, high voltage transformers have been used to generate high voltage output. The IGBT based switching modules are shifted in phase by 120° with respect to each other. The switching frequency is 25 kHz. Pulses of 1.6 ms pulse width, 80 ?s rise time, and 70 ?s fall time have been achieved at the modulator output. A droop of ±0.6% is achieved using a simple segmented digital droop correction technique. The total fault energy transferred to the load during fault has been measured by conducting wire burn tests and is found to be within 3.5 J.

  12. Bidirectional buck boost converter

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    Esser, A.A.M.

    1998-03-31

    A bidirectional buck boost converter and method of operating the same allows regulation of power flow between first and second voltage sources in which the voltage level at each source is subject to change and power flow is independent of relative voltage levels. In one embodiment, the converter is designed for hard switching while another embodiment implements soft switching of the switching devices. In both embodiments, first and second switching devices are serially coupled between a relatively positive terminal and a relatively negative terminal of a first voltage source with third and fourth switching devices serially coupled between a relatively positive terminal and a relatively negative terminal of a second voltage source. A free-wheeling diode is coupled, respectively, in parallel opposition with respective ones of the switching devices. An inductor is coupled between a junction of the first and second switching devices and a junction of the third and fourth switching devices. Gating pulses supplied by a gating circuit selectively enable operation of the switching devices for transferring power between the voltage sources. In the second embodiment, each switching device is shunted by a capacitor and the switching devices are operated when voltage across the device is substantially zero. 20 figs.

  13. Bidirectional buck boost converter

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    Esser, Albert Andreas Maria (Niskayuna, NY)

    1998-03-31

    A bidirectional buck boost converter and method of operating the same allows regulation of power flow between first and second voltage sources in which the voltage level at each source is subject to change and power flow is independent of relative voltage levels. In one embodiment, the converter is designed for hard switching while another embodiment implements soft switching of the switching devices. In both embodiments, first and second switching devices are serially coupled between a relatively positive terminal and a relatively negative terminal of a first voltage source with third and fourth switching devices serially coupled between a relatively positive terminal and a relatively negative terminal of a second voltage source. A free-wheeling diode is coupled, respectively, in parallel opposition with respective ones of the switching devices. An inductor is coupled between a junction of the first and second switching devices and a junction of the third and fourth switching devices. Gating pulses supplied by a gating circuit selectively enable operation of the switching devices for transferring power between the voltage sources. In the second embodiment, each switching device is shunted by a capacitor and the switching devices are operated when voltage across the device is substantially zero.

  14. RF digital-to-analog converter

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    Conway, Patrick H. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA); Yu, David U. L. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)

    1995-01-01

    A digital-to analogue converter for producing an RF output signal proportional to a digital input word of N bits from an RF reference input, N being an integer greater or equal to 2. The converter comprises a plurality of power splitters, power combiners and a plurality of mixers or RF switches connected in a predetermined configuration.

  15. RF digital-to-analog converter

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    Conway, P.H.; Yu, D.U.L.

    1995-02-28

    A digital-to-analog converter is disclosed for producing an RF output signal proportional to a digital input word of N bits from an RF reference input, N being an integer greater or equal to 2. The converter comprises a plurality of power splitters, power combiners and a plurality of mixers or RF switches connected in a predetermined configuration. 18 figs.

  16. High voltage photovoltaic power converter

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    Haigh, Ronald E. (Arvada, CO); Wojtczuk, Steve (Cambridge, MA); Jacobson, Gerard F. (Livermore, CA); Hagans, Karla G. (Livermore, CA)

    2001-01-01

    An array of independently connected photovoltaic cells on a semi-insulating substrate contains reflective coatings between the cells to enhance efficiency. A uniform, flat top laser beam profile is illuminated upon the array to produce electrical current having high voltage. An essentially wireless system includes a laser energy source being fed through optic fiber and cast upon the photovoltaic cell array to prevent stray electrical signals prior to use of the current from the array. Direct bandgap, single crystal semiconductor materials, such as GaAs, are commonly used in the array. Useful applications of the system include locations where high voltages are provided to confined spaces such as in explosive detonation, accelerators, photo cathodes and medical appliances.

  17. Sandia Energy - Advanced Controls of Wave Energy Converters May...

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    Advanced Controls of Wave Energy Converters May Increase Power Capture Up to 330% Home Renewable Energy Energy Water Power Partnership News News & Events Computational Modeling &...

  18. Coupled Dual Interleaved Flyback Converter for High Input Voltage Application

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    Lehman, Brad

    proposed integrated boost converters [7] that are beginning to see applications in automotive power buck-boost (Flyback) power converter [9,10] that utilizes one magnetic core to integrate two FlybackCoupled Dual Interleaved Flyback Converter for High Input Voltage Application Ting Qian, Brad

  19. Switched Mode Four-Quadrant Converters

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    Thurel, Y

    2015-01-01

    This paper was originally presented at CAS-2004, and was slightly modified for CAS-2014. It presents a review of the key parameters that impact the design choices for a true four-quadrant power converter, in the range 1-10 kW, mainly based on switching mode converter topology. This paper will first describe the state-of-the-art for this power converter family, giving the drawbacks and advantages of different possible solutions. It will also present practical results obtained from the CERN-designed converter. It will finally give some important tips regarding critical phases like test one, when conducting a project dealing with this type of power converter.

  20. Controller for a wave energy converter

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    Wilson, David G.; Bull, Diana L.; Robinett, III, Rush D.

    2015-09-22

    A wave energy converter (WEC) is described, the WEC including a power take off (PTO) that converts relative motion of bodies of the WEC into electrical energy. A controller controls operation of the PTO, causing the PTO to act as a motor to widen a wave frequency spectrum that is usable to generate electrical energy.

  1. 2004 35Ih Annual IEEE Power Elearonics Specialisrs Conference Aachen, Germany,2004 Modeling of Quantization Effects in Digitally Controlled DC-DC Converters

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    Prodiæ, Aleksandar

    : {hpeng,maksimov)@colorado.edu Abstract- In digitally controlled DC-DC converters with a single voltage variations, programmability, reduction or elimination of external passive components, as well a conservative hound for the limit-cycle oscillation amplitude, while Section VI11 summarizes the conclusions. 11

  2. An evaluation of a parallel-resonant current-source converter for an electrothermal thruster 

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    Tchamdjou, Aristide-Marie

    1996-01-01

    The Parallel-Resonant Current-Source Converter promises highly efficient DCDC power conversion. It uses zero-voltage switching to reduce the losses and improve the converter efficiency. The Parallel-Resonant Current-Source Converter has been...

  3. Modeling and Analysis of Hybrid Converters Michael Evzelman Shmuel (Sam) Ben-Yaakov

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    by simulation and experimentally. The experimental converter included a Boost converter followed by x3 switched. This can be conveniently done by hybrid converters with multiple Figure 1. Hybrid Boost SCCx3 converterModeling and Analysis of Hybrid Converters Michael Evzelman Shmuel (Sam) Ben-Yaakov Power

  4. Universal thermochemical energy converter

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    Labinov, Solomon Davidovich (Oak Ridge, TN); Sand, James R. (Oak Ridge, TN); Conklin, James C. (Knoxville, TN); VanCoevering, James (Oak Ridge, TN); Courville, George E. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    2001-01-01

    Disclosed are methods and apparatus for a thermochemical closed cycle employing a polyatomic, chemically active working fluid for converting heat energy into useful work.

  5. Aalborg Universitet Single stage grid converters for battery energy storage

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    Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    Aalborg Universitet Single stage grid converters for battery energy storage Trintis, Ionut; Munk). Single stage grid converters for battery energy storage. In 5th IET International Conference on Power from vbn.aau.dk on: juli 04, 2015 #12;SINGLE STAGE GRID CONVERTERS FOR BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE I

  6. Optimizing Ballast Design of Wave Energy Converters Using Evolutionary Algorithms

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    Tumer, Kagan

    Optimizing Ballast Design of Wave Energy Converters Using Evolutionary Algorithms Mitch Colby, 97331 kagan.tumer@oregonstate.edu ABSTRACT Wave energy converters promise to be a viable alternative% improvement in power output over a ballast-free wave energy converter. General Terms Algorithms; Applications

  7. Sandia Energy - Sandia, NREL Release Wave Energy Converter Modeling...

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    Release Wave Energy Converter Modeling and Simulation Code: WEC-Sim Home Renewable Energy Energy Water Power Partnership News News & Events Computational Modeling & Simulation...

  8. Auxiliary resonant DC tank converter

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    Peng, Fang Z. (Knoxville, TN)

    2000-01-01

    An auxiliary resonant dc tank (ARDCT) converter is provided for achieving soft-switching in a power converter. An ARDCT circuit is coupled directly across a dc bus to the inverter to generate a resonant dc bus voltage, including upper and lower resonant capacitors connected in series as a resonant leg, first and second dc tank capacitors connected in series as a tank leg, and an auxiliary resonant circuit comprising a series combination of a resonant inductor and a pair of auxiliary switching devices. The ARDCT circuit further includes first clamping means for holding the resonant dc bus voltage to the dc tank voltage of the tank leg, and second clamping means for clamping the resonant dc bus voltage to zero during a resonant period. The ARDCT circuit resonantly brings the dc bus voltage to zero in order to provide a zero-voltage switching opportunity for the inverter, then quickly rebounds the dc bus voltage back to the dc tank voltage after the inverter changes state. The auxiliary switching devices are turned on and off under zero-current conditions. The ARDCT circuit only absorbs ripples of the inverter dc bus current, thus having less current stress. In addition, since the ARDCT circuit is coupled in parallel with the dc power supply and the inverter for merely assisting soft-switching of the inverter without participating in real dc power transmission and power conversion, malfunction and failure of the tank circuit will not affect the functional operation of the inverter; thus a highly reliable converter system is expected.

  9. Microminiature thermionic converters

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    King, Donald B. (Albuquerque, NM); Sadwick, Laurence P. (Salt Lake City, UT); Wernsman, Bernard R. (Clairton, PA)

    2001-09-25

    Microminiature thermionic converts (MTCs) having high energy-conversion efficiencies and variable operating temperatures. Methods of manufacturing those converters using semiconductor integrated circuit fabrication and micromachine manufacturing techniques are also disclosed. The MTCs of the invention incorporate cathode to anode spacing of about 1 micron or less and use cathode and anode materials having work functions ranging from about 1 eV to about 3 eV. Existing prior art thermionic converter technology has energy conversion efficiencies ranging from 5-15%. The MTCs of the present invention have maximum efficiencies of just under 30%, and thousands of the devices can be fabricated at modest costs.

  10. Comparison of 3 Self-Starting Step-Up DC:DC Converter Topologies for Harvesting Energy from Low-Voltage and Low-Power Microbial Fuel Cells

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    -Voltage and Low-Power Microbial Fuel Cells Nicolas Degrenne1, Bruno Allard2, François Buret1, Florent Morel1.surname@ec-lyon.fr, 2firstname.surname@insa-lyon.fr Keywords «Fuel cell system», , «switched-mode power supply are made according to specifications issued from the stringent characteristics of microbial fuel cells

  11. Voltage Converter TYPICAL APPLICATION

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    Berns, Hans-Gerd

    1 LTC660 100mA CMOS Voltage Converter TYPICAL APPLICATION U s Simple Conversion of 5V to ­5V Supply s Output Drive: 100mA s ROUT: 6.5 (0.65V Loss at 100mA) s BOOST Pin (Pin 1) for Higher Switching Frequency-capacitor voltage converter. It performs supply voltage conversion from positive to negative from an input range

  12. Minimum Phase Response in Digitally Controlled Boost and Flyback Converters

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    -frequency switching power converters has been related to point-of-load synchronous buck converters, while fewer, Mariko Shirazi and Dragan Maksimovic Colorado Power Electronics Center ECE Department, University-phase responses, thus simplifying compensator design in wide bandwidth closed-loop voltage regulators based

  13. Design Considerations for Very High Frequency dc-dc Converters

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    Perreault, Dave

    the gating power while ensuring fast on- off transitions of the semiconductor switch. The rectifier of switching power converters operating at greatly increased switching frequencies. Greatly increasedDesign Considerations for Very High Frequency dc-dc Converters Juan M. Rivas, David Jackson, Olivia

  14. Converting Energy to Medical Progress

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power Administration would like submit the followingConcentratingPortal ControllingConvection feedbacksConverting

  15. Evaluation of Maxim Module-Integrated Electronics at the DOE Regional Test Centers (Presentation)

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    Deline, C.; Sekulic, B.; Barkaszi, S.; Yang, J.; Kahn, S.

    2014-06-01

    Module-embedded power electronics developed by Maxim Integrated are under evaluation through a partnership with the Department of Energy's Regional Test Center (RTC) program. Field deployments of both conventional modules and electronics-enhanced modules are designed to quantify the performance advantage of Maxim's products under different amounts of interrow shading, and their ability to be deployed at a greater ground-coverage ratio than conventional modules. Simulations in PVSYST have quantified the predicted performance difference between conventional modules and Maxim's modules from interrow shading. Initial performance results have identified diffuse irradiance losses at tighter row spacing for both the Maxim and conventional modules. Comparisons with published models show good agreement with models predicting the greatest diffuse irradiance losses. At tighter row spacing, all of the strings equipped with embedded power electronics outperformed their conventional peers. An even greater performance advantage is predicted to occur in the winter months when the amount of interrow shading mismatch is at a maximum.

  16. Soft switched high frequency ac-link converter 

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    Balakrishnan, Anand Kumar

    2009-05-15

    Variable frequency drives typically have employed dc voltage or current links for power distribution between the input and output converters and as a means to temporarily store energy. The dc link based power conversion systems have several inherent...

  17. A Dual Supply Buck Converter with Improved Light Load Efficiency 

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    Chen, Hui

    2013-05-02

    Power consumption is the primary concern in battery-operated portable applications. Buck converters have gained popularity in powering portable devices due to their compact size, good current delivery capability and high efficiency. However...

  18. Evaluation of Maxim Module-Integrated Electronics at the DOE Regional Test Centers: Preprint

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    Deline, C.; Sekulic, B.; Stein, J.; Barkaszi, S.; Yang, J.; Kahn, S.

    2014-07-01

    Module-embedded power electronics developed by Maxim Integrated are under evaluation through a partnership with the Department of Energy's Regional Test Center (RTC) program. Field deployments of both conventional modules and electronics-enhanced modules are designed to quantify the performance advantage of Maxim's products under different amounts of inter-row shading, and their ability to be deployed at a greater ground-coverage-ratio than conventional modules. Simulations in PVSYST have quantified the predicted performance difference between conventional modules and Maxim's modules from inter-row shading. Initial performance results have identified diffuse irradiance losses at tighter row spacing for both the Maxim and conventional modules. Comparisons with published models show good agreement with models predicting the greatest diffuse irradiance losses. At tighter row spacing, all of the strings equipped with embedded power electronics outperformed their conventional peers. An even greater performance advantage is predicted to occur in the winter months when the amount of inter-row shading mismatch is at a maximum.

  19. Vector generator scan converter

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    Moore, James M. (Livermore, CA); Leighton, James F. (Livermore, CA)

    1990-01-01

    High printing speeds for graphics data are achieved with a laser printer by transmitting compressed graphics data from a main processor over an I/O (input/output) channel to a vector generator scan converter which reconstructs a full graphics image for input to the laser printer through a raster data input port. The vector generator scan converter includes a microprocessor with associated microcode memory containing a microcode instruction set, a working memory for storing compressed data, vector generator hardward for drawing a full graphic image from vector parameters calculated by the microprocessor, image buffer memory for storing the reconstructed graphics image and an output scanner for reading the graphics image data and inputting the data to the printer. The vector generator scan converter eliminates the bottleneck created by the I/O channel for transmitting graphics data from the main processor to the laser printer, and increases printer speed up to thirty fold.

  20. Vector generator scan converter

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    Moore, J.M.; Leighton, J.F.

    1988-02-05

    High printing speeds for graphics data are achieved with a laser printer by transmitting compressed graphics data from a main processor over an I/O channel to a vector generator scan converter which reconstructs a full graphics image for input to the laser printer through a raster data input port. The vector generator scan converter includes a microprocessor with associated microcode memory containing a microcode instruction set, a working memory for storing compressed data, vector generator hardware for drawing a full graphic image from vector parameters calculated by the microprocessor, image buffer memory for storing the reconstructed graphics image and an output scanner for reading the graphics image data and inputting the data to the printer. The vector generator scan converter eliminates the bottleneck created by the I/O channel for transmitting graphics data from the main processor to the laser printer, and increases printer speed up to thirty fold. 7 figs.

  1. CERN-PS Main Power Converter Renovation How to Provide and Control the Large Flow of Energy for a Rapid Cyclic Machine?

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    Bordry, Frederick; Völker, F V

    2005-01-01

    The PS accelerator (Proton-Synchrotron) at CERN, which is part of the LHC injector chain, is composed of one hundred magnets connected in series. During a typical acceleration cycle (taking 2.4 seconds), the active power at the magnet terminals varies from plus to minus 40 MW. As this large active power variation was not acceptable to the electrical network, a motor-generator set (M-G) was inserted between the grid and the load. The M-G set (of 1968) acts as a fly-wheel with a stored kinetic energy of 233 MJ and the magnets are fed via two 12-pulse thyristor rectifiers. A renovation or replacement of the installation is planned in the near future as part of the consolidation of the LHC injectors to avoid any major breakdown, to improve overall availability and to reduce operation and maintenance costs. This paper presents a first comparison of technical solutions available to build such a power system and the strategy that will be applied for the up-grade of the system.

  2. Liquid metal thermal electric converter

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    Abbin, Joseph P. (Albuquerque, NM); Andraka, Charles E. (Albuquerque, NM); Lukens, Laurance L. (Albuquerque, NM); Moreno, James B. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1989-01-01

    A liquid metal thermal electric converter which converts heat energy to electrical energy. The design of the liquid metal thermal electric converter incorporates a unique configuration which directs the metal fluid pressure to the outside of the tube which results in the structural loads in the tube to be compressive. A liquid metal thermal electric converter refluxing boiler with series connection of tubes and a multiple cell liquid metal thermal electric converter are also provided.

  3. Fuel-cell based power generating system having power conditioning apparatus

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    Mazumder, Sudip K. (Chicago, IL); Pradhan, Sanjaya K. (Des Plaines, IL)

    2010-10-05

    A power conditioner includes power converters for supplying power to a load, a set of selection switches corresponding to the power converters for selectively connecting the fuel-cell stack to the power converters, and another set of selection switches corresponding to the power converters for selectively connecting the battery to the power converters. The power conveners output combined power that substantially optimally meets a present demand of the load.

  4. Development of PTO-Sim: A Power Performance Module for the Open-Source Wave Energy Converter Code WEC-Sim

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power Administration would like submit theCovalent BondingMeeting |DesignCommunities ReviewedOilDevelopment

  5. I-A Modulated Digitally Controlled Non-Inverting Buck-Boost Converter for

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    I-A Modulated Digitally Controlled Non-Inverting Buck-Boost Converter for WCDMA RF Power Amplifiers.edu Abstract- This paper focuses on the non-inverting buck- boost converter supplying an adjustable DC voltage the WCDMA RFPA settling time requirements. 1. INTRODUCTION Non-inverting buck-boost DC-DC power converter

  6. An Improved MPPT Interleaved Boost Converter for Solar Electric Vehicle Application

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    Boyer, Edmond

    . The converter is connected between the photovoltaic power generation and dc bus in a multisource energy storage dc-dc converter; Solar electric vehicle; MPPT; Energy storage system. I. INTRODUCTION Photovoltaic energy storage system of a SEV Furthermore, for high-power applications, interleaved converters have been

  7. The Geography of European Convertible Bonds: Why Firms Issue Convertibles?

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    Saskatchewan, University of

    1 The Geography of European Convertible Bonds: Why Firms Issue Convertibles? Franck Bancel Usha R at the geography of CB issuance. The size and development of the CB market varies widely across countries and over

  8. Multiple Input Converters for Fuel Cells Burak Ozpineci1

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    Multiple Input Converters for Fuel Cells Burak Ozpineci1 burak@ieee.org Leon M. Tolbert1,2 tolbert-2100 Abstract-- Multilevel converters have been used previously to integrate several fuel cell modules for higher power applications. Some previous publications have also shown improvements in fuel cell

  9. High-Frequency Resonant SEPIC Converter With Wide Input and Output Voltage Ranges

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    Hu, Jingying

    This paper presents a resonant single-ended-primary-inductor-converter (SEPIC) converter and control method suitable for high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) dc-dc power conversion. The proposed design provides ...

  10. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in moving air into rotational energy, which in turn is converted

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    Massachusetts at Amherst, University of

    Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in moving air into rotational energy, which in turn is converted to electricity. Since wind speeds vary from month to month and second to second, the amount of electricity wind can make varies constantly. Sometimes a wind turbine will make no power at all

  11. A Generalized Class of Stationary Frame-Current Controllers for Grid-Connected AC–DC Converters

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    Hwang, J. George

    Within power systems, high-power pulsewidth-modulated ac-dc converters are used in flexible ac transmission systems controllers and for interfacing renewable energy sources to the grid. These converters traditionally ...

  12. A High Efficiency DC-DC Converter Topology Suitable for Distributed Large Commercial and Utility Scale PV Systems

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    Mohammed S. Agamy; Maja Harfman-Todorovic; Ahmed Elasser; Robert L. Steigerwald; Juan A. Sabate; Song Chi; Adam J. McCann; Li Zhang; Frank Mueller

    2012-09-01

    In this paper a DC-DC power converter for distributed photovoltaic plant architectures is presented. The proposed converter has the advantages of simplicity, high efficiency, and low cost. High efficiency is achieved by having a portion of the input PV power directly fed forward to the output without being processed by the converter. The operation of this converter also allows for a simplified maximum power point tracker design using fewer measurements

  13. Bi-directional Current-fed Medium Frequency Transformer Isolated AC-DC Converter 

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    Essakiappan, Somasundaram

    2011-08-08

    demand for power converters with bi-directional capabilities. The objective of this thesis is to develop a high power quality, bi-directional AC-DC power converter that is a solution to the aforementioned problems. This thesis studies an existing topology...

  14. 111-f:l.~A PfC, qs: Hoo control of boost converters

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    ,I-.; ... 111- f:l.~A PfC, qs: f'EEEin !f Hoo control of boost converters Rami NAIM, George WEISS at low frequencies). In a case study, for a typical low power boost converter, we obtain significantly\\vitching frequency. Boost and buck-boost converters (in continuous conduction mode) have a zero in the right half

  15. Development of a 55 kW 3X DC-DC Converter for HEV Systems

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    efficiency provide the great potential for the very high temperature operation. The circuit parameter design converter and a traction motor to drive the vehicle. In most commercial HEV systems, the power converter, 37996 Abstract--The design of a 55 kW 3X dc-dc converter is presented for hybrid electric vehicle (HEV

  16. Fast-Scale Instability of Single-Stage Power-Factor-Correction Power Supplies

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    power applications. The circuit employs a cascade configuration of a boost converter and a forward of a boost PFC converter and a forward converter for output regulation [1]. Being a single- stage converter regulation since the DCM boost converter can automatically achieve a good power factor without additional

  17. Abstract-This paper addresses boost converter circuits that are built for very low input voltages, i.e. less than 1 V. Such circuits

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    Abstract- This paper addresses boost converter circuits that are built for very low input voltages-VOLTAGE BOOST CONVERTER EFFICIENCY Efficiency of the basic power converter circuits such as buck, boost, etc input voltages. I. INTRODUCTION Power converters driven from low input voltage (

  18. CHIC - Converting Hamburgers Into Cows

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    Townsend, Joseph A

    components and convert them into SciXML. This is sectioned into text-rich and data-rich streams and stand-off annotation (SAF) is created for each. Embedded domain specific objects can be converted into XML (Chemical Markup Language). The different workflow...

  19. Cycling firing method for bypass operation of bridge converters

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    Zabar, Zivan (99-72 66th Rd., Apt. 9N, Forest Hills, NY 11375)

    1982-01-01

    The bridge converter comprises a number of switching elements and an electronic logic system which regulated the electric power levels by controlling the firing, i.e., the initiation of the conduction period of the switching elements. Cyclic firing of said elements allows the direct current to bypass the alternating current system with high power factor and negligible losses.

  20. Thermionic converter temperature controller

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    Shaner, Benjamin J. (McMurray, PA); Wolf, Joseph H. (Pittsburgh, PA); Johnson, Robert G. R. (Trafford, PA)

    2001-04-24

    A method and apparatus for controlling the temperature of a thermionic reactor over a wide range of operating power, including a thermionic reactor having a plurality of integral cesium reservoirs, a honeycomb material disposed about the reactor which has a plurality of separated cavities, a solid sheath disposed about the honeycomb material and having an opening therein communicating with the honeycomb material and cavities thereof, and a shell disposed about the sheath for creating a coolant annulus therewith so that the coolant in the annulus may fill the cavities and permit nucleate boiling during the operation of the reactor.

  1. Converting energy from fusion into useful forms

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    Kovari, M; Jenkins, I; Kiely, C

    2014-01-01

    If fusion power reactors are to be feasible, it will still be necessary to convert the energy of the nuclear reaction into usable form. The heat produced will be removed from the reactor core by a primary coolant, which might be water, helium, molten lithium-lead, molten lithium-containing salt, or CO2. The heat could then be transferred to a conventional Rankine cycle or Brayton (gas turbine) cycle. Alternatively it could be used for thermochemical processes such as producing hydrogen or other transport fuels. Fusion presents new problems because of the high energy neutrons released. These affect the selection of materials and the operating temperature, ultimately determining the choice of coolant and working cycle. The limited temperature ranges allowed by present day irradiated structural materials, combined with the large internal power demand of the plant, will limit the overall thermal efficiency. The operating conditions of the fusion power source, the materials, coolant, and energy conversion system w...

  2. Converting urban tree maintenance residue to energy

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    Murphey, W.K.; Massey, J.G.; Sumrall, A.

    1980-01-01

    Three methods of utilizing urban wood waste collected by a tree maintenance firm in Houston, Texas (handling 30,000 ton waste/year) are examined: (a) hauling to a remote landfill; (b) chipping and hauling to a (local) power plant and converting to electricity; and (c) chipping and selling to an outside firm for use as boiler fuel. Breakdown of costs are given for each method in monetary and energy terms. Method (b) was the cheapest, producing a net energy gain (870 million Btu/day), but the firm chose method (c), since it realized a direct monetary return.

  3. Design of a Very High Frequency dc-dc boost converter

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    Sagneri, Anthony (Anthony David)

    2007-01-01

    Passive component volume is a perennial concern in power conversion. With new circuit architectures operating at extreme high frequencies it becomes possible to miniaturize the passive components needed for a power converter, ...

  4. A Dual-Supply Buck Converter with Improved Light-Load Efficiency 

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    Zhang, Chao

    2012-07-16

    Power consumption and device size have been placed at the primary concerns for battery-operated portable applications. Switching converters gain popularity in powering portable devices due to their high efficiency, compact sizes and high current...

  5. Converting Biomass to High-Value Feedstocks

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    Converting Biomass to High-Value Feedstocks Advanced feedstocks play an important role in economically and efficiently converting biomass into bioenergy products. Advanced...

  6. Non-synchronous control of self-oscillating resonant converters

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    Glaser, John Stanley (Niskayuna, NY); Zane, Regan Andrew (Scotia, NY)

    2002-01-01

    A self-oscillating switching power converter has a controllable reactance including an active device connected to a reactive element, wherein the effective reactance of the reactance and the active device is controlled such that the control waveform for the active device is binary digital and is not synchronized with the switching converter output frequency. The active device is turned completely on and off at a frequency that is substantially greater than the maximum frequency imposed on the output terminals of the active device. The effect is to vary the average resistance across the active device output terminals, and thus the effective output reactance, thereby providing converter output control, while maintaining the response speed of the converter.

  7. Voltage balanced multilevel voltage source converter system

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    Peng, F.Z.; Lai, J.S.

    1997-07-01

    Disclosed is a voltage balanced multilevel converter for high power AC applications such as adjustable speed motor drives and back-to-back DC intertie of adjacent power systems. This converter provides a multilevel rectifier, a multilevel inverter, and a DC link between the rectifier and the inverter allowing voltage balancing between each of the voltage levels within the multilevel converter. The rectifier is equipped with at least one phase leg and a source input node for each of the phases. The rectifier is further equipped with a plurality of rectifier DC output nodes. The inverter is equipped with at least one phase leg and a load output node for each of the phases. The inverter is further equipped with a plurality of inverter DC input nodes. The DC link is equipped with a plurality of rectifier charging means and a plurality of inverter discharging means. The plurality of rectifier charging means are connected in series with one of the rectifier charging means disposed between and connected in an operable relationship with each adjacent pair of rectifier DC output nodes. The plurality of inverter discharging means are connected in series with one of the inverter discharging means disposed between and connected in an operable relationship with each adjacent pair of inverter DC input nodes. Each of said rectifier DC output nodes are individually electrically connected to the respective inverter DC input nodes. By this means, each of the rectifier DC output nodes and each of the inverter DC input nodes are voltage balanced by the respective charging and discharging of the rectifier charging means and the inverter discharging means. 15 figs.

  8. Solar powered desalination system

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    Mateo, Tiffany Alisa

    2011-01-01

    done using photovoltaic systems or by a photoelectrochemicalprocess. Of course, photovoltaic systems convert sunlightwill be powered by the photovoltaic system. Also, a typical

  9. Charge-pump voltage converter

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    Brainard, John P. (Albuquerque, NM); Christenson, Todd R. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2009-11-03

    A charge-pump voltage converter for converting a low voltage provided by a low-voltage source to a higher voltage. Charge is inductively generated on a transfer rotor electrode during its transit past an inductor stator electrode and subsequently transferred by the rotating rotor to a collector stator electrode for storage or use. Repetition of the charge transfer process leads to a build-up of voltage on a charge-receiving device. Connection of multiple charge-pump voltage converters in series can generate higher voltages, and connection of multiple charge-pump voltage converters in parallel can generate higher currents. Microelectromechanical (MEMS) embodiments of this invention provide a small and compact high-voltage (several hundred V) voltage source starting with a few-V initial voltage source. The microscale size of many embodiments of this invention make it ideally suited for MEMS- and other micro-applications where integration of the voltage or charge source in a small package is highly desirable.

  10. Interaction of Fast-Scale and Slow-Scale Bifurcations in Current-Mode Controlled DC/DC Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    of fast-scale and slow-scale bifurcations in the boost converter under current- mode control operating, and it manifests as period-doubling in the time scale, as reported in Iu et al. [7] for parallel boost converters, Wong et al. [8] for noise-coupled boost converters, and Wu et al. [9] for power

  11. Computer-Aided Optimization of dc/dc Converters for Automotive Applications Timothy C. Neugebauer David J. Perreault

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    Perreault, Dave

    Computer-Aided Optimization of dc/dc Converters for Automotive Applications Timothy C. Neugebauer/dc converters, with a focus on converters for dual-voltage automotive electrical systems. A new CAD optimization is the next evolutionary step for automotive electrical systems. High-power loads will be moved to a new high

  12. Converting chemical energy of hydrogenated fuels into electricity

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    - 1 - Fuel Cells Converting chemical energy of hydrogenated fuels into electricity Project Description Invented in 1839, fuels cells powered the Gemini and Apollo space missions, as well as the space shuttle. Although fuel cells have been successfully used in such applications, they have proven difficult

  13. Performance Assessment of the Wave Dragon Wave Energy Converter

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    Hansen, René Rydhof

    Performance Assessment of the Wave Dragon Wave Energy Converter Based on the EquiMar Methodology S of the wave energy sector, device developers are called to provide reliable estimates on power performanceMar, Nissum Bredning, Hanstholm, North Sea, Ekofisk, Wave-to-wire, Wave energy. I. INTRODUCTION The wave

  14. Progress on the 140 KV, 10 Megawatt Peak, 1 Megawatt Average Polyphase Quasi-Resonant Bridge, Boost Converter/Modulator for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) Klystron Power System

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    Reass, W A; Gribble, R F; Lynch, M T; Tallerico, P J; Reass, William A.; Doss, James D.; Gribble, Robert F.; Lynch, Michael T.; Tallerico, Paul J.

    2000-01-01

    This paper describes electrical design and operational characteristics of a zero-voltage-switching 20 kHz polyphase bridge, boost converter/modulator for klystron pulse application. The DC-DC converter derives the buss voltages from a standard 13.8 kV to 2300 Y substation cast-core transformer. Energy storage and filtering is provided by self-clearing metallized hazy polypropylene traction capacitors. Three "H-Bridge" IGBT switching networks are used to generate the polyphase 20 kHz transformers primary drive waveforms. The 20 kHz drive waveforms are chirped the appropriate duration to generate the desired klystron pulse width. PWM (pulse width modulation) of the individual 20 kHz pulses is utilized to provide regulated output waveforms with adaptive feedforward and feedback techniques. The boost transformer design utilizes amorphous nanocrystalline material that provides the required low core loss at design flux levels and switching frequencies. Resonant shunt peaking is used on the transformer secondary to ...

  15. Portable convertible blast effects shield

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    Pastrnak, John W. (Livermore, CA); Hollaway, Rocky (Modesto, CA); Henning, Carl D. (Livermore, CA); Deteresa, Steve (Livermore, CA); Grundler, Walter (Hayward, CA); Hagler, Lisle B. (Berkeley, CA); Kokko, Edwin (Dublin, CA); Switzer, Vernon A. (Livermore, CA)

    2011-03-15

    A rapidly deployable portable convertible blast effects shield/ballistic shield includes a set two or more frusto-conically-tapered telescoping rings operably connected to each other to convert between a telescopically-collapsed configuration for storage and transport, and a telescopically-extended upright configuration forming an expanded inner volume. In a first embodiment, the upright configuration provides blast effects shielding, such as against blast pressures, shrapnel, and/or fire balls. And in a second embodiment, the upright configuration provides ballistic shielding, such as against incoming weapons fire, shrapnel, etc. Each ring has a high-strength material construction, such as a composite fiber and matrix material, capable of substantially inhibiting blast effects and impinging projectiles from passing through the shield. And the set of rings are releasably securable to each other in the telescopically-extended upright configuration by the friction fit of adjacent pairs of frusto-conically-tapered rings to each other.

  16. Portable convertible blast effects shield

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Pastrnak, John W. (Livermore, CA); Hollaway, Rocky (Modesto, CA); Henning, Carl D. (Livermore, CA); Deteresa, Steve (Livermore, CA); Grundler, Walter (Hayward, CA); Hagler,; Lisle B. (Berkeley, CA); Kokko, Edwin (Dublin, CA); Switzer, Vernon A (Livermore, CA)

    2010-10-26

    A rapidly deployable portable convertible blast effects shield/ballistic shield includes a set two or more telescoping cylindrical rings operably connected to each other to convert between a telescopically-collapsed configuration for storage and transport, and a telescopically-extended upright configuration forming an expanded inner volume. In a first embodiment, the upright configuration provides blast effects shielding, such as against blast pressures, shrapnel, and/or fire balls. And in a second embodiment, the upright configuration provides ballistic shielding, such as against incoming weapons fire, shrapnel, etc. Each ring has a high-strength material construction, such as a composite fiber and matrix material, capable of substantially inhibiting blast effects and impinging projectiles from passing through the shield. And the set of rings are releasably securable to each other in the telescopically-extended upright configuration, such as by click locks.

  17. Portable convertible blast effects shield

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Pastrnak, John W. (Livermore, CA); Hollaway, Rocky (Modesto, CA); Henning, Carl D. (Livermore, CA); Deteresa, Steve (Livermore, CA); Grundler, Walter (Hayward, CA); Hagler, Lisle B. (Berkeley, CA); Kokko, Edwin (Dublin, CA); Switzer, Vernon A (Livermore, CA)

    2007-05-22

    A rapidly deployable portable convertible blast effects shield/ballistic shield includes a set two or more telescoping cylindrical rings operably connected to each other to convert between a telescopically-collapsed configuration for storage and transport, and a telescopically-extended upright configuration forming an expanded inner volume. In a first embodiment, the upright configuration provides blast effects shielding, such as against blast pressures, shrapnel, and/or fire balls. And in a second embodiment, the upright configuration provides ballistic shielding, such as against incoming weapons fire, shrapnel, etc. Each ring has a high-strength material construction, such as a composite fiber and matrix material, capable of substantially inhibiting blast effects and impinging projectiles from passing through the shield. And the set of rings are releasably securable to each other in the telescopically-extended upright configuration, such as by click locks.

  18. Compact self-contained electrical-to-optical converter/transmitter

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    Seligmann, D.A.; Moss, W.C.; Valk, T.C.; Conder, A.D.

    1995-11-21

    A first optical receiver and a second optical receiver are provided for receiving a calibrate command and a power switching signal, respectively, from a remote processor. A third receiver is provided for receiving an analog electrical signal from a transducer. A calibrator generates a reference signal in response to the calibrate command. A combiner mixes the electrical signal with the reference signal to form a calibrated signal. A converter converts the calibrated signal to an optical signal. A transmitter transmits the optical signal to the remote processor. A primary battery supplies power to the calibrator, the combiner, the converter, and the transmitter. An optically-activated switch supplies power to the calibrator, the combiner, the converter, and the transmitter in response to the power switching signal. An auxiliary battery supplies power continuously to the switch. 13 figs.

  19. Compact self-contained electrical-to-optical converter/transmitter

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    Seligmann, Daniel A. (Manteca, CA); Moss, William C. (San Mateo, CA); Valk, Theodore C. (Livermore, CA); Conder, Alan D. (Tracy, CA)

    1995-01-01

    A first optical receiver and a second optical receiver are provided for receiving a calibrate command and a power switching signal, respectively, from a remote processor. A third receiver is provided for receiving an analog electrical signal from a transducer. A calibrator generates a reference signal in response to the calibrate command. A combiner mixes the electrical signal with the reference signal to form a calibrated signal. A converter converts the calibrated signal to an optical signal. A transmitter transmits the optical signal to the remote processor. A primary battery supplies power to the calibrator, the combiner, the converter, and the transmitter. An optically-activated switch supplies power to the calibrator, the combiner, the converter, and the transmitter in response to the power switching signal. An auxiliary battery supplies power continuously to the switch.

  20. A hybrid switched-capacitor/inductor converter for small conversion ratios

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    Nakibuuka, Norah Elena

    2013-01-01

    A hybrid three-switch DC-DC step-up power converter for on chip applications is proposed. It is shown that the hybrid-three switch step-up converter can offer advantages such as reduced size of magnetic components, reduced ...

  1. Single Comparator Based A/D Converter for Output Voltage Sensing in

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    Single Comparator Based A/D Converter for Output Voltage Sensing in Power Factor Correction frequency (2fline) without the use of a traditional analog to digital converter (A/D). The proposed method/D or a traditional A/D in a digitally controlled 300W boost PFC. I. INTRODUCTION Many implementations of digital

  2. Digital Control Strategy for Multi-Phase Interleaved Boundary Mode and DCM Boost PFC Converters

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    Noé, Reinhold

    Digital Control Strategy for Multi-Phase Interleaved Boundary Mode and DCM Boost PFC Converters T switching frequency, DCM boost PFC converter can be operated with constant as well as with variable.schafmeister@delta-es.com Abstract-- A digital control strategy which provides optimal interleaving of multi-phase boost power factor

  3. Fault-tolerant Partial-resonant High-frequency AC-link Converters and Their Applications 

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    Keyhani, Hamidreza

    2014-01-08

    in the converter shutdown, and thus system availability is improved. The high-frequency ac link of the introduced converters is composed of an ac inductor and small ac capacitor. The link inductor is responsible for transferring power, while the link capacitor...

  4. General Impedance Synthesis Using Simple Switching Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    -frequency storage element and a pair of switches, such as the buck, buck-boost and boost converters, as shown in FigGeneral Impedance Synthesis Using Simple Switching Converters Joe C. P. Liu, Chi K. Tse, Franki N converters is studied in this paper. We begin with showing that any impedance can be synthesized by a circuit

  5. Sub-picosecond Resolution Time-to-Digital Converter

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    Ph D, Vladimir Bratov; Ph D, Vladimir Katzman; MS EE, Jeb Binkley

    2006-03-30

    Time-to-digital converters with sub-picosecond resolutions are needed to satisfy the requirements of time-on-flight measurements of the next generation of high energy and nuclear physics experiments. The converters must be highly integrated, power effective, low cost, and feature plug-and-play capabilities to handle the increasing number of channels (up to hundreds of millions) in future Department of Energy experiments. Current state-off-the-art time-to-digital converter integrated circuits do not have the sufficient degree of integration and flexibility to fulfill all the described requirements. During Phase I, the Advanced Science and Novel Technology Company in cooperation with the nuclear physics division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed the architecture of a novel time-to-digital converter with multiple channels connected to an external processor through a special interfacing block and synchronized by clock signals generated by an internal phase-locked loop. The critical blocks of the system including signal delay lines and delay-locked loops with proprietary differential delay cells, as well as the required digital code converter and the clock period counter have been designed and simulated using the advanced SiGe120 BiCMOS technological process. The results of investigations demonstrate a possibility to achieve the digitization accuracy within 1ps. ADSANTEC has demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed concept in computer simulations. The proposed system will be a critical component for the next generation of NEP experiments.

  6. Enterprise converting buses to biodiesel

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    Rental car customers may be able to breathe a little easier during their next trip to the airport. Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and National Car Rental, all brands operated by the subsidiaries of Enterprise Holdings, are converting their airport shuttle buses to run on biodiesel fuel. The move is a good one for the environment, and will ultimately reduce the company’s carbon emissions. “We are saving 420,000 gallons of petroleum diesel,”  says Lee Broughton, director of corporate identity and sustainability for Enterprise Holdings.    

  7. Triple voltage dc-to-dc converter and method

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    Su, Gui-Jia (Knoxville, TN)

    2008-08-05

    A circuit and method of providing three dc voltage buses and transforming power between a low voltage dc converter and a high voltage dc converter, by coupling a primary dc power circuit and a secondary dc power circuit through an isolation transformer; providing the gating signals to power semiconductor switches in the primary and secondary circuits to control power flow between the primary and secondary circuits and by controlling a phase shift between the primary voltage and the secondary voltage. The primary dc power circuit and the secondary dc power circuit each further comprising at least two tank capacitances arranged in series as a tank leg, at least two resonant switching devices arranged in series with each other and arranged in parallel with the tank leg, and at least one voltage source arranged in parallel with the tank leg and the resonant switching devices, said resonant switching devices including power semiconductor switches that are operated by gating signals. Additional embodiments having a center-tapped battery on the low voltage side and a plurality of modules on both the low voltage side and the high voltage side are also disclosed for the purpose of reducing ripple current and for reducing the size of the components.

  8. Quantification of the influence of directional sea state parameters over the performances of wave energy converters 

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    Pascal, Remy Claude Rene

    2012-11-29

    Accurate predictions of the annual energy yield from wave energy converters are essential to the development of the wave industry. The current method based on power matrices uses only a small part of the data available ...

  9. Reliability Assessment of Fault-Tolerant Dc-Dc Converters for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Liberzon, Daniel

    Reliability Assessment of Fault-Tolerant Dc-Dc Converters for Photovoltaic Applications Sairaj V in photovoltaic energy processing applications is presented. The proposed approach acknowledges the influence through several case studies. Index Terms-- Markov reliability modeling, photovoltaic systems, power

  10. Design and evaluation of a very high frequency dc/dc converter

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    Pilawa-Podgurski, Robert C. N

    2007-01-01

    This thesis presents a resonant boost topology suitable for very high frequency (VHF, 30-300 MHz) dc-dc power conversion. The proposed design is a fixed frequency, fixed duty ratio resonant converter featuring low device ...

  11. Radio frequency dc-dc converters : device characterization, topology evaluation, and design

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    Leitermann, Olivia

    2008-01-01

    High frequency power conversion is attractive for the opportunities it affords for improved performance. Dc-dc converters operating at high frequencies use smaller-valued energy storage elements, which tend to be physically ...

  12. Development of an isolated flyback converter employing boundary-mode operation and magnetic flux sensing feedback

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    Kenia, Mayur V. (Mayur Vasant), 1981-

    2004-01-01

    This thesis focuses on the marriage of magnetic-flux-sensing feedback and boundary-mode operation in a flyback converter to create a simple, small, low-cost, isolated, and tightly regulated power supply. Although each ...

  13. High Gain Transformerless DC-DC Converters for Renewable Energy Sources 

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    Denniston, Nicholas Aaron

    2011-08-08

    Renewable energy sources including photovoltaic cells, fuel cells, and wind turbines require converters with high voltage gain in order to interface with power transmission and distribution networks. These conversions are conventionally made using...

  14. A Single-Phase Photovoltaic Inverter Topology With a Series-Connected Energy Buffer

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    Pierquet, Brandon J.

    Module integrated converters (MICs) have been under rapid development for single-phase grid-tied photovoltaic applications. The capacitive energy storage implementation for the double-line-frequency power variation represents ...

  15. CX-011397: Categorical Exclusion Determination

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Module-Integrated Power Converters Based on Universal Dock CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.16 Date: 12/16/2013 Location(s): Texas Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  16. Multilevel Converters as a Utility Interface for Renewable Energy Systems Leon M. Tolbert Fang Z. Peng

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    interface, power quality I. INTRODUCTION Electric power production in the 21st Century will see dramatic suitable for flexible ac transmission systems (FACTS) and custom power applications [6, 7]. The useMultilevel Converters as a Utility Interface for Renewable Energy Systems Leon M. Tolbert Fang Z

  17. Low work function material development for the microminiature thermionic converter.

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    Zavadil, Kevin Robert; Battaile, Corbett Chandler; Marshall, Albert Christian; King, Donald Bryan; Jennison, Dwight Richard

    2004-03-01

    Thermionic energy conversion in a miniature format shows potential as a viable, high efficiency, micro to macro-scale power source. A microminiature thermionic converter (MTC) with inter-electrode spacings on the order of microns has been prototyped and evaluated at Sandia. The remaining enabling technology is the development of low work function materials and processes that can be integrated into these converters to increase power production at modest temperatures (800 - 1300 K). The electrode materials are not well understood and the electrode thermionic properties are highly sensitive to manufacturing processes. Advanced theoretical, modeling, and fabrication capabilities are required to achieve optimum performance for MTC diodes. This report describes the modeling and fabrication efforts performed to develop micro dispenser cathodes for use in the MTC.

  18. SiC Power Module

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    and hybrid vehicles), convert energy from renewable sources (i.e., solar arrays or wind generators), and provide power for a wide variety of electronics and electronic systems...

  19. Power Factor Correctors for Rectifiers Chavdar Korsemov, Zdravko Nikolov, Stefan Koynov

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    Borissova, Daniela

    is followed by an amplifying converter of a boost type allowing to change the input currentin asinusoidmanner consumers with powers greater than 500 W. 2. Basicparameters ofthe converter

  20. Performance of Mismatched PV Systems With Submodule Integrated Converters

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    Olalla, C; Deline, C; Maksimovic, D

    2014-01-01

    Mismatch power losses in photovoltaic (PV) systems can be reduced by the use of distributed power electronics at the module or submodule level. This paper presents an experimentally validated numerical model that can be used to predict power production with distributed maximum power point tracking (DMPPT) down to the cell level. The model allows the investigations of different DMPPT architectures, as well as the impact of conversion efficiencies and power constraints. Results are presented for annual simulations of three representative partial shading scenarios and two scenarios where mismatches are due to aging over a period of 25 years. It is shown that DMPPT solutions that are based on submodule integrated converters offer 6.9-11.1% improvements in annual energy yield relative to a baseline centralized MPPT scenario.

  1. Ocean floor mounting of wave energy converters

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    Siegel, Stefan G

    2015-01-20

    A system for mounting a set of wave energy converters in the ocean includes a pole attached to a floor of an ocean and a slider mounted on the pole in a manner that permits the slider to move vertically along the pole and rotate about the pole. The wave energy converters can then be mounted on the slider to allow adjustment of the depth and orientation of the wave energy converters.

  2. Circuits and passive components for radio-frequency power conversion

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    Han, Yehui, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2010-01-01

    This thesis focuses on developing technology for high efficiency power converters operating at very high frequencies. The work in the thesis involves two aspects of such converters: rf (radio-frequency) power circuit design ...

  3. Energy Savings Assessment for Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes

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    Cheung, Hoi Ying Iris; Meier, Alan; Brown, Richard

    2011-01-18

    The Digital Television (DTV) Converter Box Coupon Program was administered by the U.S. government to subsidize purchases of digital-to-analog converter boxes, with up to two $40 coupons for each eligible household. In order to qualify as Coupon Eligible Converter Boxes (CECBs), these devices had to meet a number of minimum performance specifications, including energy efficiency standards. The Energy Star Program also established voluntary energy efficiency specifications that are more stringent than the CECB requirements. In this study, we measured the power and energy consumptions for a sample of 12 CECBs (including 6 Energy Star labeled models) in-use in homes and estimated aggregate energy savings produced by the energy efficiency policies. Based on the 35 million coupons redeemed through the end of the program, our analysis indicates that between 2500 and 3700 GWh per year are saved as a result of the energy efficiency policies implemented on digital-to-analog converter boxes. The energy savings generated are equivalent to the annual electricity use of 280,000 average US homes.

  4. Bi-Directional DC-DC Converter for PHEV Applications

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    Abas Goodarzi

    2011-01-31

    Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) require high power density energy storage system (ESS) for hybrid operation and high energy density ESS for Electric Vehicle (EV) mode range. However, ESS technologies to maximize power density and energy density simultaneously are not commercially feasible. The use of bi-directional DC-DC converter allows use of multiple energy storage, and the flexible DC-link voltages can enhance the system efficiency and reduce component sizing. This will improve fuel consumption, increase the EV mode range, reduce the total weight, reduce battery initial and life cycle cost, and provide flexibility in system design.

  5. Vacuum-insulated catalytic converter

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    Benson, David K. (Golden, CO)

    2001-01-01

    A catalytic converter has an inner canister that contains catalyst-coated substrates and an outer canister that encloses an annular, variable vacuum insulation chamber surrounding the inner canister. An annular tank containing phase-change material for heat storage and release is positioned in the variable vacuum insulation chamber a distance spaced part from the inner canister. A reversible hydrogen getter in the variable vacuum insulation chamber, preferably on a surface of the heat storage tank, releases hydrogen into the variable vacuum insulation chamber to conduct heat when the phase-change material is hot and absorbs the hydrogen to limit heat transfer to radiation when the phase-change material is cool. A porous zeolite trap in the inner canister absorbs and retains hydrocarbons from the exhaust gases when the catalyst-coated substrates and zeolite trap are cold and releases the hydrocarbons for reaction on the catalyst-coated substrate when the zeolite trap and catalyst-coated substrate get hot.

  6. Time interleaved counter analog to digital converters 

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    Danesh, Seyed Amir Ali

    2011-11-22

    The work explores extending time interleaving in A/D converters, by applying a high-level of parallelism to one of the slowest and simplest types of data-converters, the counter ADC. The motivation for the work is to ...

  7. Electro-mechanical energy conversion system having a permanent magnet machine with stator, resonant transfer link and energy converter controls

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    Skeist, S. Merrill; Baker, Richard H.

    2006-01-10

    An electro-mechanical energy conversion system coupled between an energy source and an energy load comprising an energy converter device including a permanent magnet induction machine coupled between the energy source and the energy load to convert the energy from the energy source and to transfer the converted energy to the energy load and an energy transfer multiplexer to control the flow of power or energy through the permanent magnetic induction machine.

  8. 420 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 23, NO. 1, JANUARY 2008 Multilevel DCDC Power Conversion

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    boost converter. Experimental results are provided to confirm the analysis and control concept. Index boost converter to interface the bat- tery and the dc bus, one can use separate batteries to power sep Terms--DC­DC power conversion, multilevel converter, pulsewidth modulation (PWM). I. INTRODUCTION

  9. High Speed CMOS Output Stage for Integrated DC-DC Converters Wai Tung Ng*, Marian Changl

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    Ng, Wai Tung

    to attain maximum channel width per unit area for low on-resistance. A typical MF layout and its equivalent DC/DC converters is characterized by power conversion efficiency, transient response, size and cost is introduced to enhance the switching speed and power conversion efficiency of low voltage integrated DC

  10. Impedance Control Network Resonant dc-dc Converter for Wide-Range High-Efficiency Operation

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    Perreault, Dave

    voltages and output power. The ICN converter architecture enables increase in switching frequency (hence to maintain desirable circuit waveforms (e.g., ZVS/ZCS switching and minimum conduction current) as power some widely-used design and control techniques. One common means of controlling resonant soft-switched

  11. 36 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, VOL. 35, NO. 1, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1999 Multilevel Converters for Large Electric Drives

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    . Multilevel converters: 1) can generate near- sinusoidal voltages with only fundamental frequency switching; 2 Converters for Large Electric Drives Leon M. Tolbert, Senior Member, IEEE, Fang Zheng Peng, Senior Member multilevel con- verters as an application for high-power and/or high-voltage electric motor drives

  12. Aalborg Universitet Harmonic models of a back-to-back converter in large offshore wind farms compared

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    Bak, Claus Leth

    Aalborg Universitet Harmonic models of a back-to-back converter in large offshore wind farms-to-back converter in large offshore wind farms compared with measurement data. In Proceedings of Nordic Wind Power from vbn.aau.dk on: juli 04, 2015 #12; Abstract--The offshore wind farm with installed back-to- back

  13. Hybrid Control Method for Optimal Transient Response and Output Filter Minimization for Buck-Boost type Converters

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    transfer systems, such as a boost, buck-boost, or flyback converters, this is not the case. Here, the timeHybrid Control Method for Optimal Transient Response and Output Filter Minimization for Buck-Boost type Converters Mor Mordechai Peretz Power Electronics Laboratory Dept. of Electrical and Computer

  14. A three-level buck converter to regulate a high-voltage DC-to-AC inverter

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    Schrock, Kenneth C

    2008-01-01

    A three-level buck converter is designed and analyzed, and shown to be suitable as a high-voltage down converter as a pre-regulation stage for a 600 watt DC-to-AC power inverter. Topology selection for the inverter is ...

  15. Mesofluidic magnetohydrodynamic power generation

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    Fucetola, Jay J

    2012-01-01

    Much of the previous research into magnetohydrodynamics has involved large-scale systems. This thesis explores the miniaturization and use of devices to convert the power dissipated within an expanding gas flow into ...

  16. Power Conversion Architecture for Grid Interface at High Switching Frequency

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    Perreault, Dave

    voltage from the voltage of energy buffer capacitor. The boost converter is often selected for PFC circuit output powers). Instead of a boost converter, one alternative for the PFC circuit is a buck converter is suitable for realizing miniaturized ac-dc converters operating at high frequencies (HF, above 3 MHz

  17. Power Control and Optimization of Photovoltaic and Wind Energy Conversion Systems /

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    Ghaffari, Azad

    2013-01-01

    Power Point Tracking in Photovoltaic Systems . . . 4.1DC- DC converter photovoltaic systems: power optimizationgrid-connected photovoltaic systems,” IET Electric Power

  18. Transformer Synthesis for VHF Converters I. INTRODUCTION

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    Perreault, Dave

    , such as a series resonance to replace the tank and transformer in a resonant converter [8], [9]. Such integrated increased loss due to flux shielding as compared to spiral designs. !"#$%&'"()'*%')$""% +,)+%-"./%011

  19. New Perspectives on Wave Energy Converter Control 

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    Price, Alexandra A E

    2009-01-01

    This work examines some of the fundamental problems behind the control of wave energy converters (WECs). Several new perspectives are presented to aid the understanding of the problem and the interpretation of the ...

  20. Power-Factor Compensation

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    Stankoviæ, Aleksandar

    and inductors as well as power elec- tronic converters, such as active filters and flexible ac transmission- tures the energy-transmission efficiency for a given load. The standard approach to improving the power of nonsinusoidal signals in energy networks at all power levels. An unfortunate consequence of the inclu- sion

  1. Design Considerations for Wide Bandwidth Continuous-Time Low-Pass Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters 

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    Padyana, Aravind 1983-

    2010-11-11

    Continuous-time (CT) delta-sigma (??) analog-to-digital converters (ADC) have emerged as the popular choice to achieve high resolution and large bandwidth due to their low cost, power efficiency, inherent anti-alias filtering ...

  2. A Merged two-stage power conversion architecture with switched capacitor circuit for an LED driver module

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    Lim, Seungbum

    2012-01-01

    In a power converter specified to convert from wide-range and high-level DC voltage or AC line voltage to low-level DC voltage, satisfying high efficiency, high power density, and high power factor is challenging because ...

  3. Automated Synthesis Tool for Design Optimization of Power Electronic Converters 

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    Mirjafari, Mehran

    2013-01-09

    optimization methods. This dissertation will use Technology Characterization Methods (TCM) to bridge the gap between high-level performance attributes and low-level design attributes where direct relationship between these two does not currently exist...

  4. Microsoft PowerPoint - Converting Sustainable Forest Products...

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    (SMOKE) 30 What is the Industrial Pellet Market? What is the Industrial Pellet Market? 27 million metric tonnes per year by 2020* 74,000 tonnes per day (more than a...

  5. Multilevel Converters for Power System Applications J. S. Lai'

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of NaturalDukeWakefield MunicipalTechnical Report: AchievementsTemperatures Year 6 -FINALEnergy, Office(Technical Report)

  6. Microsoft PowerPoint - Converting Sustainable Forest Products into Fuel

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantity of Natural GasAdjustmentsShirleyEnergyTher i nAand DOE Safetyof Methane HydrateUpdate EMDictionary 1.0. Washington

  7. Power conditioning system for energy sources

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    Mazumder, Sudip K. (Chicago, IL); Burra, Rajni K. (Chicago, IL); Acharya, Kaustuva (Chicago, IL)

    2008-05-13

    Apparatus for conditioning power generated by an energy source includes an inverter for converting a DC input voltage from the energy source to a square wave AC output voltage, and a converter for converting the AC output voltage from the inverter to a sine wave AC output voltage.

  8. Intensive neutrino source on the base of lithium converter

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    V. I. Lyashuk; Yu. S Lutostansky

    2015-04-13

    An intensive antineutrino source with a hard spectrum (with energy up to 13 MeV, average energy 6.5 MeV) can be realized on the base of beta-decay of short living isotope 8Li (0.84 s). The 8Li isotope (generated in activation of 7Li isotope) is a prime perspective antineutrino source owing to the hard antineutrino spectrum and square dependence of cross section on the energy. Up today nuclear reactors are the most intensive neutrino sources. Antineutrino reactor spectra have large uncertainties in the summary antineutrino spectrum at energy E>6 MeV. Use of 8Li isotope allows to decrease sharply the uncertainties or to exclude it completely. An intensive neutron fluxes are requested for rapid generation of 8Li isotope. The installations on the base of nuclear reactors can be an alternative for nuclear reactors as traditional neutron sources. It is possible creation of neutrino sources another in principle: on the base of tandem of accelerators, neutron generating targets and lithium converter. An intensive neutron flux (i.e., powerful neutron source) is requested for realization of considered neutrino sources (neutrino factories). Different realizations of lithium antineutrino sources (lithium converter on the base of high purified 7Li isotope) are discussed: static regime (i.e., without transport of 8Li isotope to the neutrino detector); dynamic regime (transport of 8Li isotope to the remote detector in a closed cycle); an operation of lithium converter in tandem of accelerator with a neutron-producing target on the base of tungsten, lead or bismuth. Different chemical compounds of lithium (as the substance of the converter) are considered. Heavy water solution of LiOD is proposed as a serious alternative to high-pure 7Li in a metallic state.

  9. 3-Port Single-Stage PV & Battery Converter Improves Efficiency and Cost in Combined PV/Battery Systems

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    Bundschuh, Paul

    2013-03-23

    Due to impressive cost reductions in recent years, photovoltaic (PV) generation is now able to produce electricity at highly competitive prices, but PV’s inherent intermittency reduces the potential value of this energy. The integration of battery storage with PV will be transformational by increasing the value of solar. Utility scale systems will benefit by firming intermittency including PV ramp smoothing, grid support and load shifting, allowing PV to compete directly with conventional generation. For distributed grid-tied PV adding storage will reduce peak demand utility charges, as well as providing backup power during power grid failures. The largest long term impact of combined PV and battery systems may be for delivering reliable off-grid power to the billions of individuals globally without access to conventional power grids, or for billions more that suffer from daily power outages. PV module costs no longer dominate installed PV system costs. Balance-of-System (BOS) costs including the PV inverter and installation now contribute the majority of installed system costs. Battery costs are also dropping faster than installation and battery power converter systems. In each of these separate systems power converters have become a bottleneck for efficiency, cost and reliability. These bottlenecks are compounded in hybrid power conversion systems that combine separate PV and battery converters. Hybrid power conversion systems have required multiple power converters hardware units and multiple power conversion steps adding to efficiency losses, product and installation costs, and reliability issues. Ideal Power Converters has developed and patented a completely new theory of operation for electronic power converters using its indirect EnergyPacket Switching™ topology. It has established successful power converter products for both PV and battery systems, and its 3-Port Hybrid Converter is the first product to exploit the topology’s capability for the industry’s first single-stage multi-port hybrid power converter. This unique low cost approach eliminates the hybrid power conversion bottlenecks when integrating batteries into PV systems. As result this product will significantly accelerate market adoption of these systems.

  10. Bi-directional dc-dc Converter | Department of Energy

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    Maryland. merit08goodarzi.pdf More Documents & Publications WBG Converters and Chargers Vehicle Technologies Office Merit Review 2014: WBG Converters and Chargers Vehicle...

  11. Powering Curiosity: Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric...

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    of power is the radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) - essentially a nuclear battery that reliably converts heat into electricity. The Department of Energy and NASA...

  12. Microturbine Power Conversion Technology Review, April 2003

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    A technology review to assess the market for power electronic converters to connect microturbines to the electric grid or local loads.

  13. Reference Model 5 (RM5): Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter

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    Yu, Y. H.; Jenne, D. S.; Thresher, R.; Copping, A.; Geerlofs, S.; Hanna, L. A.

    2015-01-01

    This report is an addendum to SAND2013-9040: Methodology for Design and Economic Analysis of Marine Energy Conversion (MEC) Technologies. This report describes an Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter (OSWEC) reference model design in a complementary manner to Reference Models 1-4 contained in the above report. A conceptual design for a taut moored oscillating surge wave energy converter was developed. The design had an annual electrical power of 108 kilowatts (kW), rated power of 360 kW, and intended deployment at water depths between 50 m and 100 m. The study includes structural analysis, power output estimation, a hydraulic power conversion chain system, and mooring designs. The results were used to estimate device capital cost and annual operation and maintenance costs. The device performance and costs were used for the economic analysis, following the methodology presented in SAND2013-9040 that included costs for designing, manufacturing, deploying, and operating commercial-scale MEC arrays up to 100 devices. The levelized cost of energy estimated for the Reference Model 5 OSWEC, presented in this report, was for a single device and arrays of 10, 50, and 100 units, and it enabled the economic analysis to account for cost reductions associated with economies of scale. The baseline commercial levelized cost of energy estimate for the Reference Model 5 device in an array comprised of 10 units is $1.44/kilowatt-hour (kWh), and the value drops to approximately $0.69/kWh for an array of 100 units.

  14. Study of Stability Regions in Parallel Connected Boost Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    Study of Stability Regions in Parallel Connected Boost Converters Yuehui Huang and Chi K. Tse attractors of parallel connected boost switching converters under a master- slave current sharing scheme. We boost converters. Under the master- slave scheme, one of the converters is the master and the other

  15. Isolated Boost FullbridgeTopology Suitablefor High Power and Power Factor Correction

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    Noé, Reinhold

    -2921-69399 Abstrmt - Isolated variants of the boost converter topology for single phase powerfactorcorrectionare are anticipated.Reasonsfor the popularity of the boost converter as com- pared to other PFC topologies are-converterdominate the one-stage power factor correction schemes although the isolated boost full- bridge converter (IBF

  16. High-frequency matrix converter with square wave input

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    Carr, Joseph Alexander; Balda, Juan Carlos

    2015-03-31

    A device for producing an alternating current output voltage from a high-frequency, square-wave input voltage comprising, high-frequency, square-wave input a matrix converter and a control system. The matrix converter comprises a plurality of electrical switches. The high-frequency input and the matrix converter are electrically connected to each other. The control system is connected to each switch of the matrix converter. The control system is electrically connected to the input of the matrix converter. The control system is configured to operate each electrical switch of the matrix converter converting a high-frequency, square-wave input voltage across the first input port of the matrix converter and the second input port of the matrix converter to an alternating current output voltage at the output of the matrix converter.

  17. Converting Centrifugal Chillers to HCFC-123 

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    Siebert, B.

    1994-01-01

    of large water chillers in addressing the CFC issue. These owners, for a variety of reasons, chose to address the issue through the conversion of the existing equipment to an HCFC refrigerant. For each of the three owners, the option of converting...

  18. 136 IEEE POWER ELECTRONICS LETTERS, VOL. 3, NO. 4, DECEMBER 2005 Modeling of Capacitor Impedance

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    as alternatives to traditional, inductor-based switching power converters. Proper design of SC converters requires. Compar- isons to inductor-based switching power converters are made. A number of capacitor technologies136 IEEE POWER ELECTRONICS LETTERS, VOL. 3, NO. 4, DECEMBER 2005 Modeling of Capacitor Impedance

  19. A DC-DC Converter-Based PEM Fuel Cell System Emulator

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    Boyer, Edmond

    A DC-DC Converter-Based PEM Fuel Cell System Emulator Daoud Rezzak, Farid Khoucha, Mohamed Benbouzid, Abdelaziz Kheloui and Abdeslam Mamoune Abstract--The Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC power supplies. Fuel cell systems are characterized by high costs and complex auxiliary devices

  20. Harmonic Elimination in Multilevel Converters John Chiasson, Leon Tolbert, Keith McKenzie and Zhong Du

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    Converters, Harmonic Elimination, Resultants, Symmetric Polynomials I. Introduction Electric power production and information infrastructure. A shift will take place from a relatively few large, concentrated generation be obtained from solar cells, fuel cells, or ul- tracapacitors. Figure 1 shows a single-phase structure

  1. Low Switching Frequency Active Harmonic Elimination in Multilevel Converters with Unequal DC Voltages

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    The multilevel converter is a promising technology for renewable/distributed energy applications of power electronics because of its easy connection with renewable/distributed energy modules such as fuel cells, solar panels, and wind turbines. Other benefits also include its low electromagnetic interference (EMI

  2. Efficiency analysis of a pneu-mechanical Wave Energy Converter : model of the device losses,

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    Psaltis, Demetri

    ENAC/ Efficiency analysis of a pneu-mechanical Wave Energy Converter : model of the device losses. Van Herle 1 Mots Clés: Efficiency Analysis, Power Take Off, Renewable Energy, WEC, Wave Energy. 1 have been focused on the efficiency of the different technologies on a test rig and building

  3. Hopf-Type Intermediate-Scale Bifurcation in Single-Stage Power-Factor-Correction Power

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    in PFC boost converter [8] and is referred to as slow-scale instability in this paper. In practice-end boost converter serves as a 1L 1D 1 'D 1C S 2D 2L 2r 2 'D 2C R 1r in ( )v t boost PFC converter forward converter Fig. 1. The single-stage isolated PFC power supply (SSIPP) [3]. This circuit consists of a boost

  4. Design of a high efficiency 30 kW boost composite converter

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    Kim, Hyeokjin; Chen, Hua; Maksimovic, Dragan; Erickson, Robert W.

    2015-09-20

    An experimental 30 kW boost composite converter is described in this paper. The composite converter architecture, which consists of a buck module, a boost module, and a dual active bridge module that operates as a DC transformer (DCX), leads to substantial reductions in losses at partial power points, and to significant improvements in weighted efficiency in applications that require wide variations in power and conversion ratio. A comprehensive loss model is developed, accounting for semiconductor conduction and switching losses, capacitor losses, as well as dc and ac losses in magnetic components. Based on the developed loss model, the module and system designs are optimized to maximize efficiency at a 50% power point. Experimental results for the 30 kW prototype demonstrate 98.5%peak efficiency, very high efficiency over wide ranges of power and voltage conversion ratios, as well as excellent agreements between model predictions and measured efficiency curves.

  5. Electrically powered hand tool

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    Myers, Kurt S.; Reed, Teddy R.

    2007-01-16

    An electrically powered hand tool is described and which includes a three phase electrical motor having a plurality of poles; an electrical motor drive electrically coupled with the three phase electrical motor; and a source of electrical power which is converted to greater than about 208 volts three-phase and which is electrically coupled with the electrical motor drive.

  6. EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS USING HYDROGEN FROM PLASMATRON FUEL CONVERTERS

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    Bromberg, L

    2000-08-20

    Substantial progress in engine emission control is needed in order to meet present and proposed regulations for both spark ignition and diesel engines. Tightening regulations throughout the world reflect the ongoing concern with vehicle emissions. Recently developed compact plasmatron fuel converters have features that are suitable for onboard production of hydrogen for both fuel pretreatment and for exhaust aftertreatment applications. Systems that make use of these devices in conjunction with aftertreatment catalysts have the potential to improve significantly prospects for reduction of diesel engine emissions. Plasmatron fuel converters can provide a rapid response compact means to transform efficiently a wide range of hydrocarbon fuels into hydrogen rich gas. They have been used to reform natural gas [Bromberg1], gasoline [Green], diesel [Bromberg2] and hard-to-reform biofuels [Cohn1] into hydrogen rich gas (H2 + CO). The development of these devices has been pursued for the purpose of reducing engine exhaust pollutants by providing hydrogen rich gas for combustion in spark ignition and possibly diesel engines, as shown in Figure 1 [Cohn2]. Recent developments in compact plasmatron reformer design at MIT have resulted in substantial decreases in electrical power requirements. These new developments also increase the lifetime of the electrodes.

  7. Optical analog-to-digital converter

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    Vawter, G. Allen (Corrales, NM); Raring, James (Goleta, CA); Skogen, Erik J. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2009-07-21

    An optical analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is disclosed which converts an input optical analog signal to an output optical digital signal at a sampling rate defined by a sampling optical signal. Each bit of the digital representation is separately determined using an optical waveguide interferometer and an optical thresholding element. The interferometer uses the optical analog signal and the sampling optical signal to generate a sinusoidally-varying output signal using cross-phase-modulation (XPM) or a photocurrent generated from the optical analog signal. The sinusoidally-varying output signal is then digitized by the thresholding element, which includes a saturable absorber or at least one semiconductor optical amplifier, to form the optical digital signal which can be output either in parallel or serially.

  8. Converting DYNAMO simulations to Powersim Studio simulations

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    Walker, La Tonya Nicole; Malczynski, Leonard A.

    2014-02-01

    DYNAMO is a computer program for building and running 'continuous' simulation models. It was developed by the Industrial Dynamics Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for simulating dynamic feedback models of business, economic, and social systems. The history of the system dynamics method since 1957 includes many classic models built in DYANMO. It was not until the late 1980s that software was built to take advantage of the rise of personal computers and graphical user interfaces that DYNAMO was supplanted. There is much learning and insight to be gained from examining the DYANMO models and their accompanying research papers. We believe that it is a worthwhile exercise to convert DYNAMO models to more recent software packages. We have made an attempt to make it easier to turn these models into a more current system dynamics software language, Powersim © Studio produced by Powersim AS2 of Bergen, Norway. This guide shows how to convert DYNAMO syntax into Studio syntax.

  9. Department of Power Electronics and Electrical Drives Prof. Dr. Ing. Joachim Bcker

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    Paderborn, Universität

    Converter (25 Points) Figure 1 shows a boost converter. The input voltage to the converter is U1 = 8 V Figure 1: Boost converter Note: For questions 1.1 to 1.5, RC can be considered zero. Estimate Drives Prof. Dr. Ing. J. Böcker Power Electronics Final Examination SS 2014 Page 2 of 6 Task 1: Boost

  10. Photonic-powered cable assembly

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    Sanderson, Stephen N.; Appel, Titus James; Wrye, IV, Walter C.

    2013-01-22

    A photonic-cable assembly includes a power source cable connector ("PSCC") coupled to a power receive cable connector ("PRCC") via a fiber cable. The PSCC electrically connects to a first electronic device and houses a photonic power source and an optical data transmitter. The fiber cable includes an optical transmit data path coupled to the optical data transmitter, an optical power path coupled to the photonic power source, and an optical feedback path coupled to provide feedback control to the photonic power source. The PRCC electrically connects to a second electronic device and houses an optical data receiver coupled to the optical transmit data path, a feedback controller coupled to the optical feedback path to control the photonic power source, and a photonic power converter coupled to the optical power path to convert photonic energy received over the optical power path to electrical energy to power components of the PRCC.

  11. Photonic-powered cable assembly

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    Sanderson, Stephen N; Appel, Titus James; Wrye, IV, Walter C

    2014-06-24

    A photonic-cable assembly includes a power source cable connector ("PSCC") coupled to a power receive cable connector ("PRCC") via a fiber cable. The PSCC electrically connects to a first electronic device and houses a photonic power source and an optical data transmitter. The fiber cable includes an optical transmit data path coupled to the optical data transmitter, an optical power path coupled to the photonic power source, and an optical feedback path coupled to provide feedback control to the photonic power source. The PRCC electrically connects to a second electronic device and houses an optical data receiver coupled to the optical transmit data path, a feedback controller coupled to the optical feedback path to control the photonic power source, and a photonic power converter coupled to the optical power path to convert photonic energy received over the optical power path to electrical energy to power components of the PRCC.

  12. Utilizing zero-sequence switchings for reversible converters

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    Hsu, John S.; Su, Gui-Jia; Adams, Donald J.; Nagashima, James M.; Stancu, Constantin; Carlson, Douglas S.; Smith, Gregory S.

    2004-12-14

    A method for providing additional dc inputs or outputs (49, 59) from a dc-to-ac inverter (10) for controlling motor loads (60) comprises deriving zero-sequence components (V.sub.ao, V.sub.bo, and V.sub.co) from the inverter (10) through additional circuit branches with power switching devices (23, 44, 46), transforming the voltage between a high voltage and a low voltage using a transformer or motor (42, 50), converting the low voltage between ac and dc using a rectifier (41, 51) or an H-bridge (61), and providing at least one low voltage dc input or output (49, 59). The transformation of the ac voltage may be either single phase or three phase. Where less than a 100% duty cycle is acceptable, a two-phase modulation of the switching signals controlling the inverter (10) reduces switching losses in the inverter (10). A plurality of circuits for carrying out the invention are also disclosed.

  13. The Force of a Tsunami on a Wave Energy Converter

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    O'Brien, Laura; Renzi, Emiliano; Dutykh, Denys; Dias, Frédéric

    2012-01-01

    With an increasing emphasis on renewable energy resources, wave power technology is fast becoming a realistic solution. However, the recent tsunami in Japan was a harsh reminder of the ferocity of the ocean. It is known that tsunamis are nearly undetectable in the open ocean but as the wave approaches the shore its energy is compressed creating large destructive waves. The question posed here is whether a nearshore wave energy converter (WEC) could withstand the force of an incoming tsunami. The analytical 3D model of Renzi & Dias (2012) developed within the framework of a linear theory and applied to an array of fixed plates is used. The time derivative of the velocity potential allows the hydrodynamic force to be calculated.

  14. Heat Pump Water Heater using Solid-State Energy Converters |...

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    Heat Pump Water Heater using Solid-State Energy Converters Heat Pump Water Heater using Solid-State Energy Converters Sheetak will work on developing a full scale prototype of its...

  15. An economical single to three phase converter for induction motors 

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    Di Zerega, Philp Van Uytandaele

    1994-01-01

    There are several different types of single to three phase converters for induction motors available today. However, many of the presently available phase converters suffer from disadvantages such as high cost or low performance. An economical...

  16. DOE Announces Webinars on the Wave Energy Converter Prize, the...

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    the Wave Energy Converter Prize, the Best of the Clean Cities Tools and Resources, and More DOE Announces Webinars on the Wave Energy Converter Prize, the Best of the Clean Cities...

  17. Digital radix converters for high accuracy data conversion 

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    Ghanta, Venkataratnam Chowdary

    1993-01-01

    A sub-binary radix Digital to Analog converter(DAC) which achieves high effective resolution is demonstrated. The converter does not have any built-in-self calibration mechanisms, but achieves high resolution and accuracy through the sub...

  18. Peak power tracking for a solar buck charger

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    Cohen, Jeremy Michael, M. Eng. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2010-01-01

    This thesis discusses the design, implementation, and testing of a buck converter with peak power tracking. The peak power tracker uses a perturb and observe algorithm to actively track the solar panel's peak power point ...

  19. SUBCONTRACT REPORT: DC-DC Converter for Fuel Cell and Hybrid Vehicles

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    Marlino, Laura D; Zhu, Lizhi

    2007-07-01

    The goal of this project is to develop and fabricate a 5kW dc-dc converter with a baseline 14V output capability for fuel cell and hybrid vehicles. The major objectives for this dc-dc converter technology are to meet: Higher efficiency (92%); High coolant temperature,e capability (105 C); High reliability (15 Years/150,000miles); Smaller volume (5L); Lower weight (6kg); and Lower cost ($75/kW). The key technical challenge for these converters is the 105 C coolant temperatures. The power switches and magnetics must be designed to sustain these operating temperatures reliably, without a large cost/mass/volume penalty.

  20. Biranchinath Sahu, Student Member, IEEE, and Gabriel A. Rincn-Mora, Senior Member, IEEE Georgia Tech Analog and Power IC Design Laboratory

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    a novel low voltage, dual-mode, buck-boost converter IC targeted for dynamic supplies of linear RF power µsec. Index Terms--Buck-boost converter IC, integrated power management, dual-mode converter I] and USB applications [2] a buck-boost converter is required to allow the Li-ion battery to be drained

  1. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 13, NO. 2, MARCH 1998 213 Nonlinear-Carrier Control for High-Power-Factor

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    the NLC controllers were introduced for rectifiers based on the boost converter. The main idea for High-Power-Factor Rectifiers Based on Up­Down Switching Converters Regan Zane and Dragan Maksimovi-power-factor rectifiers based on flyback, ´Cuk, Sepic, and other up­down converters operated in the continuous conduction

  2. Introduction What is power electronics?

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    Knobloch,Jürgen

    in Pressman, Billings and Morey [3]. Our design example ­ a switch mode power supply We look at the basic [4]. Switching power supplies, and isolated converters in particular, are extensively explained structure of a switching single phase AC/DC power supply, shown in Figure 1. A rectified AC voltage

  3. General Impedance Synthesizer Using Minimal Configuration of Switching Converters

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    converter may contain a storage element and a pair of switches, such as the buck, buck-boost and boostGeneral Impedance Synthesizer Using Minimal Configuration of Switching Converters Joe C.P. Liu Chi a minimum number of switching converters is stud- ied in this paper. We begin with showing that any

  4. Design Methodology for a Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converter

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    Perreault, Dave

    Design Methodology for a Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converter Justin M. Burkhart , Roman@ti.com Abstract--This document introduces a design methodology for a resonant boost converter topology demonstrated for boost conversion at frequencies up to 110MHz using a resonant boost converter topology in [5

  5. Modelling and geometry optimisation of wave energy converters

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    Nørvåg, Kjetil

    Modelling and geometry optimisation of wave energy converters Adi Kurniawan Supervisors: Prof;Research questions Modelling How to develop more realistic wave energy converter (WEC) models while wave energy converter (WEC) models while at the same time reduce their simulation time? Optimisation

  6. Direct current uninterruptible power supply method and system

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    Sinha, Gautam

    2003-12-02

    A method and system are described for providing a direct current (DC) uninterruptible power supply with the method including, for example: continuously supplying fuel to a turbine; converting mechanical power from the turbine into alternating current (AC) electrical power; converting the AC electrical power to DC power within a predetermined voltage level range; supplying the DC power to a load; and maintaining a DC load voltage within the predetermined voltage level range by adjusting the amount of fuel supplied to the turbine.

  7. Energy Storage System Sizing for Smoothing Power Generation , P. Bydlowski

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Energy Storage System Sizing for Smoothing Power Generation of Direct J. Aubry1 , P. Bydlowski 1 E-mail: judicael.aubry Abstract This paper examines the sizing energy storage system (ESS) for energy converter. Keywords: Energy Storage System (ESS), power smoothing, Direct Wave Energy Converter, Supercapacitor, Power

  8. Resource convertibility and ordered commutative monoids

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    Tobias Fritz

    2015-07-02

    Resources and their use and consumption form a central part of our life. Many branches of science and engineering are concerned with the question of which given resource objects can be converted into which target resource objects. For example, information theory studies the conversion of a noisy communication channel instance into an exchange of information. Inspired by work in quantum information theory, we develop a general mathematical toolbox for this type of question. The convertibility of resources into other ones and the possibility of combining resources is accurately captured by the mathematics of ordered commutative monoids. As an intuitive example, we consider chemistry, where chemical reaction equations such as \\[ \\mathrm{2H_2 + O_2} \\to \\mathrm{2H_2O} \\] are concerned both with a convertibility relation "$\\to$" and a combination operation "$+$". We study ordered commutative monoids from an algebraic and functional-analytic perspective and derive a wealth of results which should have applications to concrete resource theories, such as a formula for rates of conversion. As a running example showing that ordered commutative monoids are also of purely mathematical interest, we exemplify our results with the ordered commutative monoid of graphs. While closely related to both Girard's linear logic and to Deutsch's constructor theory, our framework also produces results very reminiscent of the utility theorem of von Neumann and Morgenstern in decision theory and of a theorem of Lieb and Yngvason on thermodynamics. Concerning pure algebra, our observation is that some pieces of algebra can be developed in a context in which equality is not necessarily symmetric, i.e. in which the equality relation is replaced by an ordering relation. For example, notions like cancellativity or torsion-freeness are still sensible and very natural concepts in our ordered setting.

  9. Abstract--This paper presents an FPGA-based digital network analyzer for digitally controlled switched-mode power supplies.

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    switched-mode power supplies. Similar to standard network analyzers, the digital network analyzer can and controlled switching power converters [3]. In steady state, for small- signal disturbances, a power converter be used to validate converter models and the system design. The digital network analyzer can be built

  10. Solid state transport-based thermoelectric converter

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    Hu, Zhiyu

    2010-04-13

    A solid state thermoelectric converter includes a thermally insulating separator layer, a semiconducting collector and an electron emitter. The electron emitter comprises a metal nanoparticle layer or plurality of metal nanocatalyst particles disposed on one side of said separator layer. A first electrically conductive lead is electrically coupled to the electron emitter. The collector layer is disposed on the other side of the separator layer, wherein the thickness of the separator layer is less than 1 .mu.m. A second conductive lead is electrically coupled to the collector layer.

  11. 96 IEEE POWER ELECTRONICS LETTERS, VOL. 2, NO. 3, SEPTEMBER 2004 Low-Input-Voltage, Low-Power Boost

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    , and Patrick L. Chapman, Member, IEEE Abstract--Issues associated with boost converter design and per- formance issues for a low-cost design. It is shown in theory and experiment that the boost converter has a voltage for low-input-voltage, low-power boost converters is mainly driven by two issues. First, high demand

  12. SENSIBLE HEAT STORAGE FOR A SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANT

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    Baldwin, Thomas F.

    2011-01-01

    to produce electricity by concentrating solar energy andcol- lected solar energy must be converted into electricitysolar power plant without energy storage for nighttime generation produces electricity

  13. Learning About Power Electronics in the Edison Program | GE Global...

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    DCDC converters (buck and boost), and the applications of power electronics (wind, solar, appliances, etc.). As an Electrical Engineer, though not one who has focused on...

  14. NREL: Energy Systems Integration - NREL's Power Systems Research...

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    NREL's research in power systems. J. Weber - Progress on Structured Innovation in Wave Energy Converter Technology Development M. Lawson - Developing Numerical Modeling...

  15. Reference Model 6 (RM6): Oscillating Wave Energy Converter.

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    Bull, Diana L; Smith, Chris; Jenne, Dale Scott; Jacob, Paul; Copping, Andrea; Willits, Steve; Fontaine, Arnold; Brefort, Dorian; Gordon, Margaret Ellen; Copeland, Robert; Jepsen, Richard A.

    2014-10-01

    This report is an addendum to SAND2013-9040: Methodology for Design and Economic Analysis of Marine Energy Conversion (MEC) Technologies. This report describes an Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter reference model design in a complementary manner to Reference Models 1-4 contained in the above report. In this report, a conceptual design for an Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter (WEC) device appropriate for the modeled reference resource site was identified, and a detailed backward bent duct buoy (BBDB) device design was developed using a combination of numerical modeling tools and scaled physical models. Our team used the methodology in SAND2013-9040 for the economic analysis that included costs for designing, manufacturing, deploying, and operating commercial-scale MEC arrays, up to 100 devices. The methodology was applied to identify key cost drivers and to estimate levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for this RM6 Oscillating Water Column device in dollars per kilowatt-hour (%24/kWh). Although many costs were difficult to estimate at this time due to the lack of operational experience, the main contribution of this work was to disseminate a detailed set of methodologies and models that allow for an initial cost analysis of this emerging technology. This project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Program Office (WWPTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). Sandia National Laboratories, the lead in this effort, collaborated with partners from National Laboratories, industry, and universities to design and test this reference model.

  16. An Ultra-Low-Power Power Management IC for Wireless Sensor Nodes

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    Sanders, Seth

    -averaged power consumption of 6 µW. Peak powers of several mW are required. The performance of a self-powered WSN while minimizing power consumption. The converters achieve efficiencies approaching 80%. I. INTRODUCTION at very low duty cycles to minimize power consumption. In the TPS application, tire pressure is measured

  17. A Guidebook on Grid Interconnection and Islanded Operation of Mini-Grid Power Systems Up to 200 kW

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    Greacen, Chris

    2014-01-01

    are waived for solar projects that do not sell power to thethat convert DC power to AC. Since solar PV modules produce

  18. Mechanical vibration to electrical energy converter

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    Kellogg, Rick Allen (Tijeras, NM); Brotz, Jay Kristoffer (Albuquerque, NM)

    2009-03-03

    Electromechanical devices that generate an electrical signal in response to an external source of mechanical vibrations can operate as a sensor of vibrations and as an energy harvester for converting mechanical vibration to electrical energy. The devices incorporate a magnet that is movable through a gap in a ferromagnetic circuit, wherein a coil is wound around a portion of the ferromagnetic circuit. A flexible coupling is used to attach the magnet to a frame for providing alignment of the magnet as it moves or oscillates through the gap in the ferromagnetic circuit. The motion of the magnet can be constrained to occur within a substantially linear range of magnetostatic force that develops due to the motion of the magnet. The devices can have ferromagnetic circuits with multiple arms, an array of magnets having alternating polarity and, encompass micro-electromechanical (MEM) devices.

  19. High Efficiency Thermionics (HET-IV) and Converter Advancement (CAP) programs. Final reports

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    Geller, C.B.; Murray, C.S.; Riley, D.R. [Bettis Atomic Power Lab., West Mifflin, PA (United States); Desplat, J.L.; Hansen, L.K.; Hatch, G.L.; McVey, J.B.; Rasor, N.S. [Rasor Associates, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA (United States)

    1996-04-01

    This report contains the final report of the High Efficiency Thermionics (HET-IV) Program, Attachment A, performed at Rasor Associates, Inc. (RAI); and the final report of the Converter Advancement Program (CAP), performed at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, Attachment B. The phenomenology of cesium-oxygen thermionic converters was elucidated in these programs, and the factors that had prevented the achievement of stable, enhanced cesium-oxygen converter performance for the previous thirty years were identified. Based on these discoveries, cesium-oxygen vapor sources were developed that achieved stable performance with factor-of-two improvements in power density and thermal efficiency, relative to conventional, cesium-only ignited mode thermionic converters. Key achievements of the HET-IV/CAP programs are as follows: a new technique for measuring minute traces of oxygen in cesium atmospheres; the determination of the proper range of oxygen partial pressures for optimum converter performance--10{sup {minus}7} to 10{sup {minus}9} torr; the discovery, and analysis of the cesium-oxygen liquid migration and compositional segregation phenomena; the successful use of capillary forces to contain the migration phenomenon; the use of differential heating to control compositional segregation, and induce vapor circulation; the development of mechanically and chemically stable, porous reservoir structures; the development of precise, in situ oxygen charging methods; stable improvements in emitter performance, up to effective emitter bare work functions of 5.4 eV; stable improvements in barrier index, to value below 1.8 Volts; the development of detailed microscopic models for cesium-oxygen reservoir dynamics and collector work function behavior; and the discovery of new relationships between electrode geometry and Schock Instability.

  20. Concentrating Solar Power Basics

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    Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect solar energy and convert it to heat. This thermal energy can then be used to produce electricity via a steam turbine or heat engine that drives a generator.

  1. ECE 327 Tentative Weekly Schedule ECE 327 Introduction to Power Electronics

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    -isolated switch-mode power supplies and design high-frequency inductors and transformers. 8. Learn basic concepts-phase and three-phase thyristor converters. Topics Covered 1. Design of switching power-poles 2. Switch-mode dc: Power semiconductors, high-frequency magnetics, and their application to switch-mode power converters

  2. A review of hydrodynamic investigations into arrays of ocean wave energy converters

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    De Chowdhury, S; Sanchez, A Madrigal; Fleming, A; Winship, B; Illesinghe, S; Toffoli, A; Babanin, A; Penesis, I; Manasseh, R

    2015-01-01

    Theoretical, numerical and experimental studies on arrays of ocean wave energy converter are reviewed. The importance of extracting wave power via an array as opposed to individual wave-power machines has long been established. There is ongoing interest in implementing key technologies at commercial scale owing to the recent acceleration in demand for renewable energy. To date, several reviews have been published on the science and technology of harnessing ocean-wave power. However, there have been few reviews of the extensive literature on ocean wave-power arrays. Research into the hydrodynamic modelling of ocean wave-power arrays is analysed. Where ever possible, comparisons are drawn with physical scaled experiments. Some critical knowledge gaps have been found. Specific emphasis has been paid on understanding how the modelling and scaled experiments are likely to be complementary to each other.

  3. Hybrid power source

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    Singh, Harmohan N.

    2012-06-05

    A hybrid power system is comprised of a high energy density element such as a fuel-cell and high power density elements such as a supercapacitor banks. A DC/DC converter electrically connected to the fuel cell and converting the energy level of the energy supplied by the fuel cell. A first switch is electrically connected to the DC/DC converter. First and second supercapacitors are electrically connected to the first switch and a second switch. A controller is connected to the first switch and the second switch, monitoring charge levels of the supercapacitors and controls the switching in response to the charge levels. A load is electrically connected to the second switch. The first switch connects the DC/DC converter to the first supercapacitor when the second switch connects the second supercapacitor to the load. The first switch connects the DC/DC converter to the second supercapacitor when the second switch connects the first supercapacitor to the load.

  4. New approaches for the reduction of plasma arc drop in second-generation thermionic converters. Final report

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    Hatziprokopiou, M.E.; Shaw, D.T.

    1981-03-31

    Investigations of ion generation and recombination mechanisms in the cesium plasma as they pertain to the advanced mode thermionic energy converter are described. The changes in plasma density and temperature within the converter have been studied under the influence of several promising auxiliary ionization candidate sources. Three novel approaches of external cesium ion generation have been investigated in some detail, namely vibrationally excited N/sub 2/ as an energy source of ionization of Cs ions in a DC discharge, microwave power as a means of resonant sustenance of the cesium plasma, and ion generation in a pulse N/sub 2/-Cs mixture. The experimental data obtained and discussed show that all three techniques - i.e. the non-LTE high-voltage pulsing, the energy transfer from vibrationally excited diatomic gases, and the external pumping with a microwave power - have considerable promise as schemes in auxiliary ion generation applicable to the advanced thermionic energy converter.

  5. Very-High-Frequency Resonant Boost Converters

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    Perreault, David J.

    This paper presents a resonant boost topology suitable for very-high-frequency (VHF, 30-300 MHz) DC-DC power conversion. The proposed design features low device voltage stress, high efficiency over a wide load range, and ...

  6. SEP Success Story: State Energy Program Helping Arkansans Convert...

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    to purchase andor convert their Arkansas-licensed vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG). | All Rights Reserved. The Arkansas Energy Office recently launched a Compressed...

  7. NREL Refines Method to Convert Lignin to Nylon Precursor - News...

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    to Convert Lignin to Nylon Precursor Recent Findings Published in Energy & Environmental Science February 26, 2015 A new study from the Energy Department's National Renewable...

  8. Secretary Chu Announces Six Projects to Convert Captured CO2...

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    that Americans can use. "These innovative projects convert carbon pollution from a climate threat to an economic resource," said Secretary Chu. "This is part of our broad...

  9. Wave Energy Converter Effects on Nearshore Wave Propagation

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    Energy Converter Effects on Nearshore Wave Propagation Jesse Roberts 1 , Grace Chang *2 , Craig Jones *3 Sandia National Laboratories 1515 Eubank SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123 USA 1...

  10. Improved Low-Temperature Performance of Catalytic Converters...

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    National Laboratory. Toxic vehicle emissions, such as carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons, are chemically converted to benign compounds, like carbon dioxide (CO2) and water,...

  11. A variable parameter thermionic energy converter 

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    Bragg, Bobby Joe

    1967-01-01

    hours was allotted to be spent on final preparation of the thesis by my immediate supervisor, Charles W. Glassburn, heed of Power Systems Section, Propulsion and Power Division. This support, plus the provision by NASA of the V-P thermionic diode... OF OPERATION IV. DESCRIPTION OF EQUIPMENT V. EXPERIMENTAL PROCEDURE VI. RESULTS AND ANALYSIS 33 43 57 VII . CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 80 BIBLIOGRAPHY 82 LIST OF TABLES CHARACTERISTICS AND RATINGS OF THE V-P DIODE LIST OF EQUIPMENT PAGE 36 39...

  12. Design and Fabrication of a Micro Electrostatic Vibration-to-Electricity Energy Converter

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    Chiu, Yi; Chu, Yu-Shan

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a micro electrostatic vibration-toelectricity energy converter. For the 3.3 V supply voltage and 1cm2 chip area constraints, optimal design parameters were found from theoretical calculation and Simulink simulation. In the current design, the output power is 200 $\\mu$W/cm2 for the optimal load of 8 M\\Omega. The device was fabricated in a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer. Mechanical and electrical measurements were conducted. Residual particles caused shortage of the variable capacitor and the output power could not be measured. Device design and fabrication processes are being refined.

  13. Development of Optimum Design Methodology for Continuous-Time Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converters 

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    Kim, Yong Chan

    2013-02-15

    Today’s wireless applications have demanded low-power, high-speed, and high-resolution analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) for the reductions in cost, component count, and product size. Continuous-time (CT) Sigma-Delta ADCs are well suited...

  14. Aalborg Universitet Reduction of DC-link Capacitor in Case of Cascade Multilevel Converters by means of

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    Teodorescu, Remus

    ]. The transformer size reduction due to MF operation makes it attractive for offshore applications, such as wind farm integration, and oil & gas exploration platforms [6]. The inverter stage can be omitted], power converter to integrate wind generator to multi- terminal dc collection network are few

  15. Converting acoustic energy into useful other energy forms

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    Putterman, Seth J. (Sherman Oaks, CA); Barber, Bradley Paul (Northridge, CA); Hiller, Robert Anthony (Los Angeles, CA); Lofstedt, Ritva Maire Johanna (Los Angeles, CA)

    1997-01-01

    Sonoluminescence is an off-equilibrium phenomenon in which the energy of a resonant sound wave in a liquid is highly concentrated so as to generate flashes of light. The conversion of sound to light represents an energy amplification of eleven orders of magnitude. The flashes which occur once per cycle of the audible or ultrasonic sound fields can be comprised of over one million photons and last for less 100 picoseconds. The emission displays a clocklike synchronicity; the jitter in time between consecutive flashes is less than fifty picoseconds. The emission is blue to the eye and has a broadband spectrum increasing from 700 nanometers to 200 nanometers. The peak power is about 100 milliWatts. The initial stage of the energy focusing is effected by the nonlinear oscillations of a gas bubble trapped in the liquid. For sufficiently high drive pressures an imploding shock wave is launched into the gas by the collapsing bubble. The reflection of the shock from its focal point results in high temperatures and pressures. The sonoluminescence light emission can be sustained by sensing a characteristic of the emission and feeding back changes into the driving mechanism. The liquid is in a sealed container and the seeding of the gas bubble is effected by locally heating the liquid after sealing the container. Different energy forms than light can be obtained from the converted acoustic energy. When the gas contains deuterium and tritium there is the feasibility of the other energy form being fusion, namely including the generation of neutrons.

  16. Analysis and Design of Isolated High Power Boost Topologies and Simulationswith Quasi-Staticand Quasi-StationaryTransformer

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    Noé, Reinhold

    on the boost converter for single-phase applications, if near unity power factors are anticipated. Reasons for the popularity of the boost converter as compared to other PFC topologies are: It is well examined as a base- stage power factor correction schemes although the isolated boost fullbridge converter (IBF) depicted

  17. Some new applications of supercapacitors in power electronic systems 

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    Palma Fanjul, Leonardo Manuel

    2004-09-30

    This thesis explores some new applications in power electronics for supercapacitors. This involves the design and development of dc-dc converters to interface the supercapacitor banks with the rest of the power electronic ...

  18. SENSIBLE HEAT STORAGE FOR A SOLAR THERMAL POWER PLANT

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    Baldwin, Thomas F.

    2011-01-01

    for concentrating solar-thermal energy use a large number ofBoth solar power plants absorb thermal energy in high-of a solar power plant that converts thermal energy into

  19. Harmonic Elimination for Multilevel Converter with Programmed PWM Method

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    Harmonic Elimination for Multilevel Converter with Programmed PWM Method Zhong Du, Leon M. Tolbert presents a programmed PWM method to eliminate specific higher order harmonics of multilevel converters. First, resultant theory is applied to transcendental equations to eliminate low order harmonics

  20. IEEE INFOCOM 2002 1 Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for

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    Turner, Jonathan S.

    IEEE INFOCOM 2002 1 Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for Optical Burst Switching Jeyashankher Ramamirtham, Jonathan Turner Abstract-- Optical Burst Switching (OBS) is an experi- mental network- tronic control. In this paper, we study two designs for wave- length converting switches

  1. Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for Optical Burst Switching

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    Design of Wavelength Converting Switches for Optical Burst Switching Jeyashankher Ramamirtham, Jonathan Turner Abstract-- Optical Burst Switching (OBS) is an experi- mental network technology. In this paper, we study two designs for wavelength converting switches that are suitable for use in optical

  2. Semiconductors 8-bit multiplying D/A converter

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    Gustafsson, Torgny

    Philips Semiconductors MC1408-8 8-bit multiplying D/A converter Product data Supersedes data of 1994 Aug 31 File under Integrated Circuits, IC11 Handbook 2001 Aug 03 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS #12;Philips Semiconductors Product data MC1408-88-bit multiplying D/A converter 22001 Aug 03 853-0935 26835 DESCRIPTION

  3. MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS OF A WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER ARNAUD ROUGIREL

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS OF A WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER MODEL ARNAUD ROUGIREL Abstract. In a context where for buoy-type ocean wave energy converter. The simplest model for this scheme is a non autonomous piecewise and periodic solutions, and compare the energy performance of this novel WEC with respect to the one of wave

  4. Strong electron dissipation by a mode converted ion hybrid (Bernstein) wave

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    Lashmore-Davies, C.N.; Ram, A.K.

    1996-02-01

    The fast wave approximation, extended to include the effects of electron dissipation, is used to calculate the power mode converted to the ion hybrid (Bernstein) wave in the vicinity of the ion hybrid resonance. The power absorbed from the fast wave by ion cyclotron damping and by electron Landau and transit time damping (including cross terms) is also calculated. The fast wave equation is solved for either the Budden configuration of a cut-off-resonance pair or the triplet configuration of cut-off-resonance-cut-off. The fraction mode converted is compared for the triplet case and the Budden multi-pass situation. The electron damping rate of the ion hybrid wave is obtained from the local dispersion relation and a ray tracing code is used to calculate the damping of the mode converted ion hybrid wave by the electrons as it propagates away from the resonance. Quantitative results for a range of conditions relevant to JET, TFTR and ITER are given. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  5. 870 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 20, NO. 4, JULY 2005 Application of Novel D2T Control to Single-Switch

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    a single-switch two-output boost converter, in which a contin- uous-mode converter and a discontinuous­dc converters, and in particular describes a single-switch two-output regulator which comprises two boost Control to Single-Switch Two-Output Switching Power Converters Siu-Chung Wong, Member, IEEE, and Chi K

  6. Relations for a periodic array of flap-type wave energy converters

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    Renzi, Emiliano

    2012-01-01

    This paper investigates the interaction of plane incident waves with a wave farm in the open ocean. The farm consists of a periodic array of large flap-type wave energy converters. A linear inviscid potential-flow model, already developed by the authors for a single flap in a channel, is considered. Asymptotic analysis of the wave field allows to obtain new expressions of the reflection, transmission and radiation coefficients of the system. It is shown that, unlike a line of heaving buoys, an array of flap-type converters is able to exploit resonance of the system transverse modes in order to attain high capture factor levels. Relations between the hydrodynamic coefficients are derived and applied for optimising the power output of the wave farm.

  7. Evaluation of propulsor aerodynamic performance for powered aircraft wind tunnel experiments

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    Siu, Nina M

    2015-01-01

    This thesis describes a methodology to convert electrical power measurements to propulsor mechanical ow power for a 1:11-scale, powered wind tunnel model of an advanced civil aircraft utilizing boundary layer ingestion ...

  8. A power line impedance spectrum analyzer using real-time digital signal processing 

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    Margolis, Michael G

    1993-01-01

    Power distribution system impedance as seen by power converters and other non-linear loads is important for the determination of harmonic current injection and propagation caused by these loads. This thesis presents a real-time power line impedance...

  9. Deep Trench Capacitor based Step-up and Step-down DC/DC Converters in 32nm SOI with Opportunistic

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    Sapatnekar, Sachin

    Deep Trench Capacitor based Step-up and Step-down DC/DC Converters in 32nm SOI with Opportunistic domains. Using ultra-high density deep trench capacitors, we are able to achieve an output power density-power domain scenario by implementing a bi-directional opportunistic current borrowing scheme. Deep trench

  10. SunLab: Concentrating Solar Power Program Overview

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    1998-11-24

    DOE's Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) program is collaborating with its partners in the private sector to develop two new solar technologies -- power towers and dish/engines -- to meet the huge commercial potential for solar power. Concentrating solar power plants produce electric power by first converting the sun's energy into heat, and then to electricity in a conventional generator.

  11. If current capacity were to be expanded so that all of the non-recycled municipal solid waste that is currently sent to U.S. landfills each year could instead be converted to energy, we could generate enough electricity

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    Columbia University

    that is currently sent to U.S. landfills each year could instead be converted to energy, we could generate enough electricity to supply 13.8 million homes with power. If current capacity were to be expanded so that the U so that we could convert our non-recycled waste to alternative energy instead of landfilling it, we

  12. Evaluation of battery converters based on 4. 8-MW fuel cell demonstrator inverter. Final report. [Contains brief glossary

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    Not Available

    1980-10-01

    Electrical power conditioning is a critical element in the development of advanced electrochemical energy storage systems. This program evaluates the use of existing self-commutated converter technology (as developed by the Power Systems Division of United Technologies for the 4.8-MW Fuel Cell Demonstrator) with modification for use in battery energy storage systems. The program consists of three parts: evaluation of the cost and performance of a self-commutated converter modified to maintain production commonality between battery and fuel cell power conditioners, demonstration of the principal characteristics required for the battery application in MW-scale hardware, and investigation of the technical requirements of operation isolated from the utility system. A power-conditioning system consisting of a self-commutated converter augmented with a phase-controlled rectifier was selected and a preliminary design, prepared. A principal factor in this selection was production commonality with the fuel cell inverter system. Additional types of augmentation, and the use of a self-commutated converter system without augmentation, were also considered. A survey of advanced battery manufacturers was used to establish the dc interface characteristics. The principal characteristics of self-commutated converter operation required for battery application were demonstrated with the aid of an available 0.5-MW development system. A survey of five REA and municipal utilities and three A and E firms was conducted to determine technical requirements for operation in a mode isolated from the utility. Definitive requirements for this application were not established because of the limited scope of this study. 63 figures, 37 tables.

  13. Generating Isolated Outputs in a Multilevel Modular Capacitor Clamped DC-DC Converter

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    -dc converters based on inductive energy transfer method (IETM) such as buck, boost, and buck-boost converter967 Generating Isolated Outputs in a Multilevel Modular Capacitor Clamped DC-DC Converter (MMCCC clamped dc-dc converter. The multilevel modular capacitor clamped converter (MMCCC) has several key

  14. Bifurcation in a System of Coupled Buck Converters Herbert H. C. Iu

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    electronic regulators (e.g. buck converter, boost converter and buck-boost converter) have been thoroughlyBifurcation in a System of Coupled Buck Converters Herbert H. C. Iu , Chi K. Tse and Octavian the bifurcation behaviour of a system of coupled buck converters under current-mode control. The effects due

  15. Bifurcation in Parallel-Connected Buck Converters under Current-Mode Control

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    converter, boost converter and buck-boost converter) have been thoroughly studied in the past decade [1], [2Bifurcation in Parallel-Connected Buck Converters under Current-Mode Control H. H. C. Iu School a system of parallel-connected dc/dc buck converters under current-mode control. The effects of variations

  16. convert program | National Nuclear Security Administration

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power AdministrationRobust,Field-effectWorkingLos AlamosSimulation Initiative7 Boundarycontainersconvert program |

  17. NONLINEAR-CARRIER CONTROL FOR HIGH-POWER-FACTOR RECTIFIERS BASED ON

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    controllers were introduced for rectifiers based on the boost converter. Nonlinear-carrier control CONVERTERS Regan Zane and Dragan MaksimoviC Power Electronics Group Department of Elect,rical and Computer based on flyback, Cuk or Sepic converters operated in the continuous conduction mode. In the NLC con

  18. Department of Power Electronics and Electrical Drives Prof. Dr.Ing. Joachim Bcker

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    Paderborn, Universität

    .­Ing. J. Böcker Power Electronics Trial Exam: (Summer Term 2014) Page 3 of 5 Task 2: Buck-Boost converter (25 Points) Figure 2 shows a buck-boost converter. The switches S1 and D1 are assumed to be ideal in continuous conduction mode. Fig.2 : Buck-Boost converter 2.1 Write down the differential equations

  19. Multi-Level DC/DC Power Conversion System with Multiple DC Sources

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    Tolbert, Leon M.

    boost converter. Experimental results are provided to confirm the analysis and control concept. I, instead of connecting all batteries in series as one power source and a bi-directional boost converter. INTRODUCTION Traditional dc/dc converters require at least one inductive component, which is bulky, heavy

  20. Smart Power Laboratory (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-10-01

    This fact sheet describes the purpose, lab specifications, applications scenarios, and information on how to partner with NREL's Smart Power Laboratory at the Energy Systems Integration Facility. Research at NREL's Smart Power Laboratory in the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) focuses on the development and integration of smart technologies including the integration of distributed and renewable energy resources through power electronics and smart energy management for building applications. The 5,300 sq. ft. laboratory is designed to be highly flexible and configurable, essential for a large variety of smart power applications that range from developing advanced inverters and power converters to testing residential and commercial scale meters and control technologies. Some application scenarios are: (1) Development of power converters for integration of distributed and renewable energy resources; (2) Development of advanced controls for smart power electronics; (3) Testing prototype and commercially available power converters for electrical interconnection and performance, advanced functionality, long duration reliability and safety; and (4) Hardware-in-loop development and testing of power electronics systems in smart distribution grid models.

  1. High voltage dc--dc converter with dynamic voltage regulation and decoupling during load-generated arcs

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    Shimer, D.W.; Lange, A.C.

    1995-05-23

    A high-power power supply produces a controllable, constant high voltage output under varying and arcing loads. The power supply includes a voltage regulator, an inductor, an inverter for producing a high frequency square wave current of alternating polarity, an improved inverter voltage clamping circuit, a step up transformer, an output rectifier for producing a dc voltage at the output of each module, and a current sensor for sensing output current. The power supply also provides dynamic response to varying loads by controlling the voltage regulator duty cycle and circuitry is provided for sensing incipient arc currents at the output of the power supply to simultaneously decouple the power supply circuitry from the arcing load. The power supply includes a plurality of discrete switching type dc--dc converter modules. 5 Figs.

  2. High voltage dc-dc converter with dynamic voltage regulation and decoupling during load-generated arcs

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    Shimer, Daniel W. (Danville, CA); Lange, Arnold C. (Livermore, CA)

    1995-01-01

    A high-power power supply produces a controllable, constant high voltage output under varying and arcing loads. The power supply includes a voltage regulator, an inductor, an inverter for producing a high frequency square wave current of alternating polarity, an improved inverter voltage clamping circuit, a step up transformer, an output rectifier for producing a dc voltage at the output of each module, and a current sensor for sensing output current. The power supply also provides dynamic response to varying loads by controlling the voltage regulator duty cycle and circuitry is provided for sensing incipient arc currents at the output of the power supply to simultaneously decouple the power supply circuitry from the arcing load. The power supply includes a plurality of discrete switching type dc--dc converter modules.

  3. Protocols for the Equitable Assessment of Marine Energy Converters 

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    Ingram, David; Smith, George; Bittencourt-Ferreira, Claudio; Smith, Helen

    This book contains the suite of protocols for the equitable evaluation of marine energy converters (based on either tidal or wave energy) produced by the EquiMar consortium led by the University of Edinburgh. These protocols ...

  4. Oversampled pipline A/D converters with mismatch shaping

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    Shabra, Ayman U. (Ayman Umar)

    2001-01-01

    This thesis introduces a technique to improve the linearity of pipeline analog to digital converters (ADC). Through a combination of oversampling and mismatch shaping, the distortion introduced by component mismatch is ...

  5. Design Methodology for a Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converter

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    Burkhart, Justin M.

    This paper introduces a design methodology for a resonant boost converter topology that is suitable for operation at very high frequencies. The topology we examine features a low parts count and fast transient response, ...

  6. Design methodology for a very high frequency resonant boost converter

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    Burkhart, Justin M.

    This document introduces a design methodology for a resonant boost converter topology that is suitable for operation at very high frequencies. The topology we examine features a low parts count and fast transient response ...

  7. Development, evaluation, and design applications of an AMTEC converter model 

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    Spence, Cliff Alan

    2002-01-01

    An AMTEC converter model was developed and its effectiveness as a design tool was evaluated. To develop the model, requirements of the model were defined, modeling equations were selected, and a methodology for model development was established...

  8. Method for converting uranium oxides to uranium metal

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    Duerksen, Walter K. (Norris, TN)

    1988-01-01

    A process is described for converting scrap and waste uranium oxide to uranium metal. The uranium oxide is sequentially reduced with a suitable reducing agent to a mixture of uranium metal and oxide products. The uranium metal is then converted to uranium hydride and the uranium hydride-containing mixture is then cooled to a temperature less than -100.degree. C. in an inert liquid which renders the uranium hydride ferromagnetic. The uranium hydride is then magnetically separated from the cooled mixture. The separated uranium hydride is readily converted to uranium metal by heating in an inert atmosphere. This process is environmentally acceptable and eliminates the use of hydrogen fluoride as well as the explosive conditions encountered in the previously employed bomb-reduction processes utilized for converting uranium oxides to uranium metal.

  9. Converting normal insulators into topological insulators via tuning orbital levels

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    Shi, Wu-Jun

    Tuning the spin-orbit coupling strength via foreign element doping and modifying bonding strength via strain engineering are the major routes to convert normal insulators to topological insulators. We here propose an ...

  10. Vehicle Technologies Office Merit Review 2014: WBG Converters and Chargers

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    Presentation given by Oak Ridge National Laboratory at 2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Office Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting about WBG converters...

  11. Wind Power

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    Wind Power Bioenergy Power Systems Wind Power Wind Power Main Page Outreach Programs Image Gallery FAQs Links Software Hydro Power INL Home Wind Power Introduction The Wind Power...

  12. Advanced converter technology. Technical progress report, May 23, 1979-May 22, 1980

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    Banic, C. V.; Eckhouse, S. A.; Kornbrust, F. J.; Lipman, K.; Peterson, J. L.; Rosati, R. W.

    1980-01-01

    The overall objective of this program is to define an advanced converter system employing 1980's technology in all subsystem and component areas for use in electrochemical energy storage systems. Additional experimental effort will validate elements of the advanced commutation circuitry on a full-scale breadboard basis. Improved models of battery electrical characteristics are beng defined and experimental apparatus is being designed to measure these characteristics and to enable better definition of the battery-power conditioner interface. Improvement of energy-storage system performance through modification of battery converter characteristics will also be investigated. During this first year of the contract, a new more advanced concept for power conditioning based on a concept defined by United Technologies Corporation for fuel cell use was evaluated. This high switching frequency concept has the potential for significantly reducing the size and cost of battery plant power conditioners. As a result, the Department of Energy authorized redirection of the program to first evaluate this new concept and then to reorient the program to adopt this concept as the primary one. Progress is reported. (WHK)

  13. Design and Analysis for a Floating Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter: Preprint

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    Yu, Y. H.; Li, Y.; Hallett, K.; Hotimsky, C.

    2014-03-01

    This paper presents a recent study on the design and analysis of an oscillating surge wave energy converter. A successful wave energy conversion design requires the balance between the design performance and cost. The cost of energy is often used as the metric to judge the design of the wave energy conversion system. It is often determined based on the device power performance, the cost for manufacturing, deployment, operation and maintenance, as well as the effort to ensure the environmental compliance. The objective of this study is to demonstrate the importance of a cost driven design strategy and how it can affect a WEC design. Three oscillating surge wave energy converter (OSWEC) designs were used as the example. The power generation performance of the design was modeled using a time-domain numerical simulation tool, and the mass properties of the design were determined based on a simple structure analysis. The results of those power performance simulations, the structure analysis and a simple economic assessment were then used to determine the cost-efficiency of selected OSWEC designs. Finally, a discussion on the environmental barrier, integrated design strategy and the key areas that need further investigation is also presented.

  14. Approved Module Information for EE3PEL, 2014/5 Module Title/Name: Power Electronics Module Code: EE3PEL

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    Neirotti, Juan Pablo

    . The ideal Buck and Boost DC-DC converters will be studied in detail along with the single-phase uncontrolled types of a power electronic converter, including the methods for the calculation of steady principles to explain and analyse the operation of power electronic converters. * Undertake systematic

  15. Mass-modulation schemes for a class of wave energy converters: Experiments, models, and efficacy

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    Diamond, CA; Judge, CQ; Orazov, B; Sava?, Ö; O'Reilly, OM

    2015-01-01

    dynamics of a novel ocean wave energy converter. Journal of5565. Dick, W. , 2005. Wave energy converter. U.S. Patentof the IPS buoy wave energy converter including the effect

  16. A New Methodology for Frequency Domain Analysis of Wave Energy Converters with Periodically Varying Physical Parameters

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    Victoria, University of

    A New Methodology for Frequency Domain Analysis of Wave Energy Converters with Periodically Varying Methodology for Frequency Domain Analysis of Wave Energy Converters with Periodically Varying Physical of Mechanical Engineering) ABSTRACT Within a wave energy converter's operational bandwidth, device operation

  17. 2 MW Active Bouncer Converter Design for Long Pulse Klystron Modulators

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    Aguglia, D

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents some design issues of a 2 MW interleaved buck converter which is used as an active bouncer droop compensator for a 5.5MW long pulse klystron modulator. This novel design concept presents many challenges in terms of voltage ripple versus pulse rise-time. Issues related to the voltage ripple specification versus output filter design are discussed in detail. The design study is analyzed analytically, simulated numerically and is validated by experimental results obtained from a full power prototype.

  18. Converting biomass to fuels and high-value chemicals | The Ames Laboratory

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Homesum_a_epg0_fpd_mmcf_m.xls" ,"Available from WebQuantityBonneville Power Administration would like submit the followingConcentratingPortal ControllingConvectionConverting biomass

  19. Discrete-Time Poles and Dynamics of Discontinuous Mode Boost and Buck Converters Under Various Control Schemes

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    Chung-Chieh Fang

    2012-11-19

    Nonlinear systems, such as switching DC-DC boost or buck converters, have rich dynamics. A simple one-dimensional discrete-time model is used to analyze the boost or buck converter in discontinuous conduction mode. Seven different control schemes (open-loop power stage, voltage mode control, current mode control, constant power load, constant current load, constant-on-time control, and boundary conduction mode) are analyzed systematically. The linearized dynamics is obtained simply by taking partial derivatives with respect to dynamic variables. In the discrete-time model, there is only a single pole and no zero. The single closed-loop pole is a linear combination of three terms: the open-loop pole, a term due to the control scheme, and a term due to the non-resistive load. Even with a single pole, the phase response of the discrete-time model can go beyond -90 degrees as in the two-pole average models. In the boost converter with a resistive load under current mode control, adding the compensating ramp has no effect on the pole location. Increasing the ramp slope decreases the DC gain of control-to-output transfer function and increases the audio-susceptibility. Similar analysis is applied to the buck converter with a non-resistive load or variable switching frequency. The derived dynamics agrees closely with the exact switching model and the past research results.

  20. DOE-TSPP-8-2013, Converting DOE Technical Standards to Voluntary...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    8-2013, Converting DOE Technical Standards to Voluntary Consensus Standards DOE-TSPP-8-2013, Converting DOE Technical Standards to Voluntary Consensus Standards Technical Standards...

  1. Probing CP Violation in $h\\rightarrow\\gamma\\gamma$ with Converted...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    CP Violation in hrightarrowgammagamma with Converted Photons Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Probing CP Violation in hrightarrowgammagamma with Converted...

  2. ePOWER Seminar AC solar cells: A new breed of PV power generation

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    Fletcher, Robin

    % and would thus encourage a greater adoption of multi-junction solar cells. This modular solution is highly of photovoltaics. Presently he is involved in the cell-level power converter design for single junction and multi-junction ePOWER Seminar AC solar cells: A new breed of PV power generation Professor Faisal Khan Assistant

  3. Power Plant Power Plant

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    Stillwater Power Plant Wabuska Power Plant Casa Diablo Power Plant Glass Mountain Geothermal Area Lassen Geothermal Area Coso Hot Springs Power Plants Lake City Geothermal Area Thermo Geothermal Area Lakeview Geothermal Area Raft River Geothermal Area Cove Fort Power Plant Roosevelt Power Plant Borax Lake

  4. Methods for degrading or converting plant cell wall polysaccharides

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    Berka, Randy (Davis, CA); Cherry, Joel (Davis, CA)

    2008-08-19

    The present invention relates to methods for converting plant cell wall polysaccharides into one or more products, comprising: treating the plant cell wall polysaccharides with an effective amount of a spent whole fermentation broth of a recombinant microorganism, wherein the recombinant microorganism expresses one or more heterologous genes encoding enzymes which degrade or convert the plant cell wall polysaccharides into the one or more products. The present invention also relates to methods for producing an organic substance, comprising: (a) saccharifying plant cell wall polysaccharides with an effective amount of a spent whole fermentation broth of a recombinant microorganism, wherein the recombinant microorganism expresses one or more heterologous genes encoding enzymes which degrade or convert the plant cell wall polysaccharides into saccharified material; (b) fermenting the saccharified material of step (a) with one or more fermenting microoganisms; and (c) recovering the organic substance from the fermentation.

  5. Power electronic interface circuits for batteries and ultracapacitors in electric vehicles and battery storage systems

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    King, Robert Dean (Schenectady, NY); DeDoncker, Rik Wivina Anna Adelson (Malvern, PA)

    1998-01-01

    A method and apparatus for load leveling of a battery in an electrical power system includes a power regulator coupled to transfer power between a load and a DC link, a battery coupled to the DC link through a first DC-to-DC converter and an auxiliary passive energy storage device coupled to the DC link through a second DC-to-DC converter. The battery is coupled to the passive energy storage device through a unidirectional conducting device whereby the battery can supply power to the DC link through each of the first and second converters when battery voltage exceeds voltage on the passive storage device. When the load comprises a motor capable of operating in a regenerative mode, the converters are adapted for transferring power to the battery and passive storage device. In this form, resistance can be coupled in circuit with the second DC-to-DC converter to dissipate excess regenerative power.

  6. Power electronic interface circuits for batteries and ultracapacitors in electric vehicles and battery storage systems

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    King, R.D.; DeDoncker, R.W.A.A.

    1998-01-20

    A method and apparatus for load leveling of a battery in an electrical power system includes a power regulator coupled to transfer power between a load and a DC link, a battery coupled to the DC link through a first DC-to-DC converter and an auxiliary passive energy storage device coupled to the DC link through a second DC-to-DC converter. The battery is coupled to the passive energy storage device through a unidirectional conducting device whereby the battery can supply power to the DC link through each of the first and second converters when battery voltage exceeds voltage on the passive storage device. When the load comprises a motor capable of operating in a regenerative mode, the converters are adapted for transferring power to the battery and passive storage device. In this form, resistance can be coupled in circuit with the second DC-to-DC converter to dissipate excess regenerative power. 8 figs.

  7. Page 1 of 2 Power Management Consortium (PMC)

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    Ha, Dong S.

    architectures, EMI/EMC, power quality, high-frequency/high-density AC/DC and DC/DC converters, voltage regulator, server, networking products, telecom equipment, solid state lighting, battery system, PV system and other to magnetic integration and high density 3D integrated converter development, as well as the control design

  8. Thermoelectric Power Generation Allison Duh and Joel Dungan

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    Lavaei, Javad

    Thermoelectric Power Generation Allison Duh and Joel Dungan May 15, 2013 #12;Introduction A thermoelectric generator (TEG) is a device that converts heat energy directly into electrical energy. Thermoelectric systems capitalize on semiconductor charge carriers excited by a temperature difference to convert

  9. Aaclten, Germany.2004200435rk Annual IEEE Power Elecrronics Specialisls Conference A Modified Cross-Correlation Method for System Identification

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    significant impact in design, testing, and deployment of switching power supplies in a wide range: {botaomiao, regamzane, maksimov}@,colorado.edu Abstract-For digitally controlled switching power converters-frequency switching power converters offers many potential advantages, including robustness to noise and parameter

  10. Marine High Voltage Power Conditioning and Transmission System with Integrated Storage DE-EE0003640 Final Report

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    Frank Hoffmann, PhD; Aspinall, Rik

    2012-12-10

    Design, Development, and test of the three-port power converter for marine hydrokinetic power transmission. Converter provides ports for AC/DC conversion of hydrokinetic power, battery storage, and a low voltage to high voltage DC port for HVDC transmission to shore. The report covers the design, development, implementation, and testing of a prototype built by PPS.

  11. Improvement of photovoltaic pumping systems based on standard frequency converters by means of programmable logic controllers

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    Fernandez-Ramos, Jose [Departamento de Electronica, Universidad de Malaga, Complejo Tecnologico de Teatinos (2.2.39), 29071 Malaga (Spain); Narvarte-Fernandez, Luis; Poza-Saura, Fernando [Instituto de Energia Solar, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (IES-UPM), Avenida Complutense s/n (204), 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-01-15

    Photovoltaic pumping systems (PVPS) based on standard frequency converters (SFCs) are currently experiencing a growing interest in pumping programmes implemented in remote areas because of their high performance in terms of component reliability, low cost, high power range and good availability of components virtually anywhere in the world. However, in practical applications there have appeared a number of problems related to the adaptation of the SFCs to the requirements of the photovoltaic pumping systems (PVPS). Another disadvantage of dedicated PVPS is the difficulty in implementing maximum power point tracking (MPPT). This paper shows that these problems can be solved through the addition of a basic industrial programmable logic controller (PLC) to the system. This PLC does not increase the cost and complexity of the system, but improves the adaptation of the SFC to the photovoltaic pumping system, and increases the overall performance of the system. (author)

  12. A Model for Stability Study of PFC Power Supplies Grace Chu, Chi K. Tse and Siu Chung Wong

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    - alized averaging technique. However, the PFC boost converter has been assumed to be terminated information produced [3]. In practice, the PFC boost converter is always terminated by a downstream dc terminated PFC boost converter and the actual two-stage PFC power supply has been reported in [3

  13. Process for converting cellulosic materials into fuels and chemicals

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    Scott, Charles D. (Oak Ridge, TN); Faison, Brendlyn D. (Knoxville, TN); Davison, Brian H. (Knoxville, TN); Woodward, Jonathan (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1994-01-01

    A process for converting cellulosic materials, such as waste paper, into fuels and chemicals utilizing enzymatic hydrolysis of the major constituent of paper, cellulose. A waste paper slurry is contacted by cellulase in an agitated hydrolyzer. The cellulase is produced from a continuous, columnar, fluidized-bed bioreactor utilizing immobilized microorganisms. An attritor and a cellobiase reactor are coupled to the agitated hydrolyzer to improve reaction efficiency. The cellulase is recycled by an adsorption process. The resulting crude sugars are converted to dilute product in a fluidized-bed bioreactor utilizing microorganisms. The dilute product is concentrated and purified by utilizing distillation and/or a biparticle fluidized-bed bioreactor system.

  14. Method for converting sucrose to .beta.-D-glucose

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    Simmons, Blake A. (San Francisco, CA); Volponi, Joanne V. (Livermore, CA); Ingersoll, David (Albuquerque, NM); Walker, Andrew (Woodinville, WA)

    2009-07-07

    Disclosed is an apparatus and method for continuously converting sucrose to .beta.-D-glucose. The method comprises a three-stage enzymatic reactor in which an aqueous solution of sucrose is first converted into a solution of fructose and .alpha.-D-glucose by passing it through a porous, packed column containing an inert media on which invertase is immobilized. This solution is then sent through a second packed column containing glucose isomerase and finally a third packed column containing mutarotase. Solution temperature and pH are adjusted to maximize glucose output.

  15. Northwest Energy Innovations (TRL 5 6 System)- WETNZ MtiMode Wave Energy Converter Advancement Project

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    Northwest Energy Innovations (TRL 5 6 System) - WETNZ MtiMode Wave Energy Converter Advancement Project

  16. Analysis and Optimization of Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converters

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    Sanders, Seth

    on conduction loss) of a ladder-type converter is found to be superior to that of a conventional boost converterAnalysis and Optimization of Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converters Michael D. Seeman, Seth R. Sanders­ Analysis methods are developed that fully determine a switched-capacitor (SC) dc-dc converter's steady

  17. Sigma-Delta Modulation of Multi-Phase High Frequency Converters

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    Sigma-Delta Modulation of Multi-Phase High Frequency Converters Jonathan W. Kimball, Senior Member control architecture is proposed that merges advanced digital modulation techniques, high frequency resonant converters, and multi-phase converters. If a converter's switching frequency is high enough

  18. Comparison of architectures for two-step flash analog-to-digital converters 

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    Reese, Robert Bryan

    1982-01-01

    A/D converters have been designed and fabricated in the last three to five ?om a survey of the literature it was discovered that the majority of these converters were of the successive approximation (SAP) type (Table I, page 4). This is because... the SAP converter offers a fast conversion time, a low complexity level and a small area requirement. Only one comparator, the design critical subcircuit of most converters, is needed in a SAP converter. Area requirements increase only moderately...

  19. Pre-converted nitric oxide gas in catalytic reduction system

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    Hsiao, M.C.; Merritt, B.T.; Penetrante, B.M.; Vogtlin, G.E.

    1999-04-06

    A two-stage catalyst comprises an oxidative first stage and a reductive second stage. The first stage is intended to convert NO to NO{sub 2} in the presence of O{sub 2}. The second stage serves to convert NO{sub 2} to environmentally benign gases that include N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}O. By preconverting NO to NO{sub 2} in the first stage, the efficiency of the second stage for NO{sub x} reduction is enhanced. For example, an internal combustion engine exhaust is connected by a pipe to a first chamber. An oxidizing first catalyst converts NO to NO{sub 2} in the presence of O{sub 2} and includes platinum/alumina, e.g., Pt/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst. A flow of hydrocarbons (C{sub x}H{sub y}) is input from a pipe into a second chamber. For example, propene can be used as a source of hydrocarbons. The NO{sub 2} from the first catalyst mixes with the hydrocarbons in the second chamber. The mixture proceeds to a second reduction catalyst that converts NO{sub 2} to N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}, and H{sub 2}O, and includes a {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The hydrocarbons and NO{sub x} are simultaneously reduced while passing through the second catalyst. 9 figs.

  20. Pre-converted nitric oxide gas in catalytic reduction system

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    Hsiao, Mark C. (Livermore, CA); Merritt, Bernard T. (Livermore, CA); Penetrante, Bernardino M. (San Ramon, CA); Vogtlin, George E. (Fremont, CA)

    1999-01-01

    A two-stage catalyst comprises an oxidative first stage and a reductive second stage. The first stage is intended to convert NO to NO.sub.2 in the presence of O.sub.2. The second stage serves to convert NO.sub.2 to environmentally benign gases that include N2, CO2, and H.sub.2 O. By preconverting NO to NO.sub.2 in the first stage, the efficiency of the second stage for NO.sub.x reduction is enhanced. For example, an internal combustion engine exhaust is connected by a pipe to a first chamber. An oxidizing first catalyst converts NO to NO.sub.2 in the presence of O.sub.2 and includes platinum/alumina, e.g., Pt/Al.sub.2 O.sub.3 catalyst. A flow of hydrocarbons (C.sub.x H.sub.y) is input from a pipe into a second chamber. For example, propene can be used as a source of hydrocarbons. The NO.sub.2 from the first catalyst mixes with the hydrocarbons in the second chamber. The mixture proceeds to a second reduction catalyst that converts NO.sub.2 to N2, CO2, and H.sub.2 O, and includes a gamma-alumina .gamma.-Al.sub.2 O.sub.3. The hydrocarbons and NO.sub.x are simultaneously reduced while passing through the second catalyst.

  1. Multi-level converters for three-phase photovoltaic applications

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    Lehman, Brad

    Multi-level converters for three-phase photovoltaic applications Renato M. Nakagomi, Ye Zhao, Brad a switching matrix device and photovoltaic (PV) panels. The approach is based on the dynamic reconfiguration photovoltaic PV panels. The number of PV panels that are connected to the load can be altered using dynamic

  2. Apparatus for converting biomass to a pumpable slurry

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    Ergun, Sabri (Hillsborough, CA); Schaleger, Larry L. (Oakland, CA); Wrathall, James A. (Berkeley, CA); Yaghoubzadeh, Nasser (El Cerrito, CA)

    1986-01-01

    An apparatus used in the pretreatment of wood chips in a process for converting biomass to a liquid hydrocarbonaceous fuel. The apparatus functions to break down the wood chips to a size distribution that can be readily handled in a slurry form. Low maintenance operation is obtained by hydrolyzing the chips in a pressure vessel having no moving parts.

  3. Ability of Catalytic Converters to Reduce Air Pollution

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    Nizkorodov, Sergey

    NOx - 1 Ability of Catalytic Converters to Reduce Air Pollution MEASUREMENT OF SELECTED AIR Air Pollution MEASUREMENT OF SELECTED AIR POLLUTANTS IN CAR EXHAUST INTRODUCTION Automobile engines of gasoline (hydrocarbons, CxHy) in air: CxHy + O2 CO2 + H2O + heat (1) When there is the correct balance

  4. Everything Digital: Converting the world in 2 Exabytes

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    Lesk, Michael

    2003-11-05

    Nearly everything created today is in digital format: music is on digital CDs, documents come from word processing, still photography is switching to digital cameras and even movies are now edited digitally. What about the past? We have projects like the Million Book Project scanning one million books, and we know technically how to convert everything: the problems are legal, economic and organizational.

  5. REGULAR ARTICLE A comparison of methods for converting rhizotron root

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    provide valuable information about plant root production, but measurements are usually made in units of root length per unit surface area of observation window surface. These measure- ment units developed to convert rhizotron measurement units into root mass production per unit ground area

  6. Multiport Converter Topologies for Distributed Energy System Applications 

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    Hawke, Joshua

    2014-07-28

    . Next, three system designs are discussed: single-zone, dual-zone, and multi-zone. Each implements PSC technology and high-frequency isolated full-bridge converters to interface multiple fuel cell sources to a medium voltage grid via a single multilevel...

  7. A 3rd-order Continuous-Time Low-Pass Sigma-Delta Analog-to-Digital Converter for Wideband Applications 

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    Kim, Kun Mo

    2011-08-08

    This thesis presents the design of a 20 MHz bandwidth 3rd-order continuous-time low-pass sigma-delta analog-to-digital converter with low-noise and low-power consumption using TSMC 0.18 ?m CMOS technology. The bandwidth of the system is selected...

  8. Biased low differential input impedance current receiver/converter device and method for low noise readout from voltage-controlled detectors

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    Degtiarenko, Pavel V. (Williamsburg, VA); Popov, Vladimir E. (Newport News, VA)

    2011-03-22

    A first stage electronic system for receiving charge or current from voltage-controlled sensors or detectors that includes a low input impedance current receiver/converter device (for example, a transimpedance amplifier), which is directly coupled to the sensor output, a source of bias voltage, and the device's power supply (or supplies), which use the biased voltage point as a baseline.

  9. Regulation control and energy management scheme for wireless power transfer

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    Miller, John M.

    2015-12-29

    Power transfer rate at a charging facility can be maximized by employing a feedback scheme. The state of charge (SOC) and temperature of the regenerative energy storage system (RESS) pack of a vehicle is monitored to determine the load due to the RESS pack. An optimal frequency that cancels the imaginary component of the input impedance for the output signal from a grid converter is calculated from the load of the RESS pack, and a frequency offset f* is made to the nominal frequency f.sub.0 of the grid converter output based on the resonance frequency of a magnetically coupled circuit. The optimal frequency can maximize the efficiency of the power transfer. Further, an optimal grid converter duty ratio d* can be derived from the charge rate of the RESS pack. The grid converter duty ratio d* regulates wireless power transfer (WPT) power level.

  10. Power conversion architecture for grid interface at high switching frequency

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    Lim, Seungbum

    This paper presents a new power conversion architecture for single-phase grid interface. The proposed architecture is suitable for realizing miniaturized ac-dc converters operating at high frequencies (HF, above 3 MHz) and ...

  11. A thermally efficient micro-reactor for thermophotovoltaic power generation

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    Nielsen, Ole Mattis, 1977-

    2006-01-01

    Hydrocarbon fuels exhibit very high energy densities, and micro-generators converting the stored chemical energy into electrical power are interesting alternatives to batteries in certain applications. The increasing demands ...

  12. Motion-to-Energy (M2Eâ?¢) Power Generation Technology

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    Idaho National Laboratory

    2010-01-08

    INL researchers developed M2E, a new technology that converts motion to energy. M2E uses an innovative, optimized microgenerator with power management circuitry that kinetically charges mobile batteries from natural motion such as walking. To learn more,

  13. Motion-to-Energy (M2E) Power Generation Technology

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    INL

    2009-09-01

    INL researchers developed M2E, a new technology that converts motion to energy. M2E uses an innovative, optimized microgenerator with power management circuitry that kinetically charges mobile batteries from natural motion such as walking.

  14. Energy Harvesting for Self-Powered Wireless Sensors 

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    Wardlaw, Jason

    2012-02-14

    application in the proposed sensor system are undertaken and a low-power successive approximation register analog-to-digital converter (SAR ADC) is presented. The SAR ADC was fabricated and laboratory characterizations show the proposed low-voltage topology...

  15. September 2015 Most Viewed Documents for Power Generation And...

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    Gopalakrishnan, S.; Fehlau, R.; Thompson, W.E.; Wilson, D.G. (1982) 107 Seventh Edition Fuel Cell Handbook NETL (2004) 83 Multilevel converters for power system applications Lai,...

  16. RELIABILITY OF WIND POWER FROM DISPERSED SITES: A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT

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    Kahn, E.

    2011-01-01

    Electric Company, Wind Energy Mission Analysis, COO/2578-C.G. and W.R. Hargraves, Wind Energy Statistics for Largeng Power Supply from Wind Energy Converting Sys t ems, "

  17. START-3: Operational Evaluations of the ISUS Engine Ground Demonstration Thermionic Power System

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    Luchau, D.W.; Luke, J.R.; Wyant, F.J.

    1998-10-08

    START-3 was a test program conducted in order to demonstrate and characterize the operational performance of the prototype Integrated Solar Upper Stage (ISUS) thermionic power system. The test device consisted of a graphite thermal storage uni~ multilayer foil insulation, and sixteen thermionic converters electrically connected in a series array. Several thermal input conditions were achieved during the test, which resulted in measuring converter performance at average converter hot shoe temperatures in the range of 1600 K to 2000 K. Results indicate that the ;hermionic converter; did not perform as weil as expected in the array individual sixteen converters is currently being performed.

  18. Converting landfill gas to vehicle fuel: The results of over 30 months of operation

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    Wheless, E.; Cosulich, J.; Wang, A.

    1996-11-01

    The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (Districts) have successfully converted landfill gas to vehicle fuel for over 30 months with the Clean Fuels facility (Clean Fuels). The station has a design capacity equivalent to 1,000 gallons of gasoline per day. The Districts utilize the compressed landfill gas (CLG) produced at the station to run a fleet of 13 vehicles, ranging from passenger vans to large on-road tractors. This paper presents information on the operation, maintenance, theory, and economics of converting landfill gas to vehicle fuel. The compressed natural gas (CNG) industry is expanding rapidly. The US Department of Energy projects the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) to grow from 66,000 in 1995 to 85,000 in 1996. A variety of CNG-powered refuse collection vehicles are now available from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Many industry pundits predict that refuse trucks will be the next major vehicle group after transit buses to convert to CNG. CNG provides the benefit of lower emissions than diesel and gasoline, with typical fuel costs of only 70 to 80 percent of the price of gasoline at retail pumps. The primary economic advantage of CNG over conventional fuels is its tax rate, which can be lower by about $0.30 per gallon of diesel equivalent. The CNG market may offer the landfill gas industry the same opportunity the electrical generation market offered in the 1980s. The Clean Fuels facility is located within the Districts` Puente Hills Landfill complex. Puente Hills is a very large landfill with over 70 million tons of refuse in place. The current fill rate is approximately 10,000 tons per day. The landfill gas flow rate is approximately 27,000 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) at 42 percent methane.

  19. Power conversion apparatus and method

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    Su, Gui-Jia (Knoxville, TN)

    2012-02-07

    A power conversion apparatus includes an interfacing circuit that enables a current source inverter to operate from a voltage energy storage device (voltage source), such as a battery, ultracapacitor or fuel cell. The interfacing circuit, also referred to as a voltage-to-current converter, transforms the voltage source into a current source that feeds a DC current to a current source inverter. The voltage-to-current converter also provides means for controlling and maintaining a constant DC bus current that supplies the current source inverter. The voltage-to-current converter also enables the current source inverter to charge the voltage energy storage device, such as during dynamic braking of a hybrid electric vehicle, without the need of reversing the direction of the DC bus current.

  20. Modular high voltage power supply for chemical analysis

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    Stamps, James F. (Livermore, CA); Yee, Daniel D. (Dublin, CA)

    2007-01-09

    A high voltage power supply for use in a system such as a microfluidics system, uses a DC--DC converter in parallel with a voltage-controlled resistor. A feedback circuit provides a control signal for the DC--DC converter and voltage-controlled resistor so as to regulate the output voltage of the high voltage power supply, as well as, to sink or source current from the high voltage supply.

  1. Modular high voltage power supply for chemical analysis

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Stamps, James F. (Livermore, CA); Yee, Daniel D. (Dublin, CA)

    2008-07-15

    A high voltage power supply for use in a system such as a microfluidics system, uses a DC-DC converter in parallel with a voltage-controlled resistor. A feedback circuit provides a control signal for the DC-DC converter and voltage-controlled resistor so as to regulate the output voltage of the high voltage power supply, as well as, to sink or source current from the high voltage supply.

  2. Modular high voltage power supply for chemical analysis

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Stamps, James F. (Livermore, CA); Yee, Daniel D. (Dublin, CA)

    2010-05-04

    A high voltage power supply for use in a system such as a microfluidics system, uses a DC-DC converter in parallel with a voltage-controlled resistor. A feedback circuit provides a control signal for the DC-DC converter and voltage-controlled resistor so as to regulate the output voltage of the high voltage power supply, as well as, to sink or source current from the high voltage supply.

  3. IAC-09.C3.2.8 A REDUNDANT POWER BUS FOR

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    . The idea behind the proposed Power Bus is to have power conversion (from solar panels) and power storage") which contain, each: a solar panel; energy storage batteries with the corresponding power converters in a distributed way. For instance: i) accumulating the power from all solar panels towards the load(s); ii

  4. Field Fabrication of Solar-Thermal Powered Steam Turbines for Generation of Mechanical Power

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    investigate a solar thermal steamdriven turbine system and build and evaluate several versions in fieldField Fabrication of Solar-Thermal Powered Steam Turbines for Generation of Mechanical Power by Amy and repeatability necessary for regular people to design, manufacture, and install a system to convert solar

  5. Power Electronic Topologies with High Density Power Conversion and Galvanic Isolation for Utility Interface 

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    Krishnamoorthy, Harish Sarma

    2015-01-26

    the transformers, inductors and DC electrolytic capacitors. Instead of using a line frequency transformer to interface any power electronic system with the utility grid directly, it is possible to use a power converter to transform the line frequency AC into a...

  6. A study of power electronic building block (PEBB)-based integrated shipboard power systems during reconfiguration 

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    Adediran, Adeoti Taiwo

    2004-09-30

    conversion is to be utilized to convert alternating current (AC) generation to direct current (DC) distribution. As state-of-the-art power electronics, the Navy plans to use power electronic building blocks (PEBB) technology in its IPS. A U.S. naval shipboard...

  7. Discharging a DC bus capacitor of an electrical converter system

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    Kajouke, Lateef A; Perisic, Milun; Ransom, Ray M

    2014-10-14

    A system and method of discharging a bus capacitor of a bidirectional matrix converter of a vehicle are presented here. The method begins by electrically shorting the AC interface of the converter after an AC energy source is disconnected from the AC interface. The method continues by arranging a plurality of switching elements of a second energy conversion module into a discharge configuration to establish an electrical current path from a first terminal of an isolation module, through an inductive element, and to a second terminal of the isolation module. The method also modulates a plurality of switching elements of a first energy conversion module, while maintaining the discharge configuration of the second energy conversion module, to at least partially discharge a DC bus capacitor.

  8. Process for converting cellulosic materials into fuels and chemicals

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    Scott, C.D.; Faison, B.D.; Davison, B.H.; Woodward, J.

    1994-09-20

    A process is described for converting cellulosic materials, such as waste paper, into fuels and chemicals utilizing enzymatic hydrolysis of the major constituent of paper, cellulose. A waste paper slurry is contacted by cellulase in an agitated hydrolyzer. The cellulase is produced from a continuous, columnar, fluidized-bed bioreactor utilizing immobilized microorganisms. An attrition mill and a cellobiase reactor are coupled to the agitated hydrolyzer to improve reaction efficiency. The cellulase is recycled by an adsorption process. The resulting crude sugars are converted to dilute product in a fluidized-bed bioreactor utilizing microorganisms. The dilute product is concentrated and purified by utilizing distillation and/or a biparticle fluidized-bed bioreactor system. 1 fig.

  9. An aid to convert spreadsheets to higher quality presentations 

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    Olajide, Wasiu Olaniyi

    2005-08-29

    with CALC. CALC is available on all common operating systems and has a well documented and easily accessible Java Application Programming Interface. 6 CHAPTER III QUALITY PRESENTATIONS A. Spreadsheets as Information Conveyors Tables are a good way to show...Office using the Java Application Programming Interface. The contents of the spreadsheet are extracted passed on to the Data Storage module. 2. Canonical Data Storage The converted data is stored in XML [16] format using the Document Object Model [17]. XML...

  10. Low current plasmatron fuel converter having enlarged volume discharges

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    Rabinovich, Alexander (Swampscott, MA); Alexeev, Nikolai (Moscow, RU); Bromberg, Leslie (Sharon, MA); Cohn, Daniel R. (Chestnut Hill, MA); Samokhin, Andrei (Moscow, RU)

    2009-10-06

    A novel apparatus and method is disclosed for a plasmatron fuel converter ("plasmatron") that efficiently uses electrical energy to produce hydrogen rich gas. The volume and shape of the plasma discharge is controlled by a fluid flow established in a plasma discharge volume. A plasmatron according to this invention produces a substantially large effective plasma discharge volume allowing for substantially greater volumetric efficiency in the initiation of chemical reactions within a volume of bulk fluid reactant flowing through the plasmatron.

  11. Catalyst for converting synthesis gas to liquid motor fuels

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    Coughlin, Peter K. (Yorktown Heights, NY)

    1986-01-01

    The addition of an inert metal component, such as gold, silver or copper, to a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst comprising cobalt enables said catalyst to convert synthesis gas to liquid motor fuels at about 240.degree.-370.degree. C. with advantageously reduced selectivity of said cobalt for methane in said conversion. The catalyst composition can advantageously include a support component, such as a molecular sieve, co-catalyst/support component or a combination of such support components.

  12. Low current plasmatron fuel converter having enlarged volume discharges

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    Rabinovich, Alexander; Alexeev, Nikolai; Bromberg, Leslie; Cohn, Daniel R.; Samokhin, Andrei

    2005-04-19

    A novel apparatus and method is disclosed for a plasmatron fuel converter (""plasmatron"") that efficiently uses electrical energy to produce hydrogen rich gas. The volume and shape of the plasma discharge is controlled by a fluid flow established in a plasma discharge volume. A plasmatron according to this invention produces a substantially large effective plasma discharge volume allowing for substantially greater volumetric efficiency in the initiation of chemical reactions within a volume of bulk fluid reactant flowing through the plasmatron.

  13. GUIDELINES FOR CONVERTING FTN4 PROGRAMS TO FTN5 AND THE NEW FORTRAN-77 STANDARD

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    Friedman, R.

    2012-01-01

    1st Edition GUIDELINES FOR CONVERTING FTN4 PROGRAMS TO FTN5Edition (August 79) Guidelines for Converting FTN4 Programsprogram F45 are described in each instance. lst Edition (

  14. Design techniques for low noise and high speed A/D converters 

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    Gupta, Amit Kumar

    2009-05-15

    subscriber line (ADSL) modems, cellular systems, high accuracy instrumentation, and medical imaging systems. This thesis suggests some design techniques for such high resolution and high sampling rate A/D converters. As the A/D converter performance keeps...

  15. Wide input range DC-DC converter with digital control scheme 

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    Harfman Todorovic, Maja

    2006-04-12

    :1 voltage variation as well as a slow transient response. The proposed approach consists of two stages: a primary three-level boost converter stage cascaded with a high frequency, isolated boost converter topology, which provides a higher voltage gain...

  16. The impulsive effects of momentum transfer on the dynamics of a novel ocean wave energy converter

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    Diamond, CA; O'Reilly, OM; Sava?, O

    2013-01-01

    7] J. Falnes, A review of wave-energy extraction, MarineOrazov, O. M. O’Reilly, O. wave energy converter, Journal ofsimple model for a novel wave energy converter: non-resonant

  17. Computer-aided optimization of DC/DC converters for automotive applications

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    Neugebauer, Timothy C.

    This paper investigates computer-aided optimization of DC/DC converters, with a focus on converters for dual-voltage automotive electrical systems. A new CAD optimization approach based on Monte Carlo search methods is ...

  18. Systems and methods for an integrated electrical sub-system powered by wind energy

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    Liu, Yan (Ballston Lake, NY); Garces, Luis Jose (Niskayuna, NY)

    2008-06-24

    Various embodiments relate to systems and methods related to an integrated electrically-powered sub-system and wind power system including a wind power source, an electrically-powered sub-system coupled to and at least partially powered by the wind power source, the electrically-powered sub-system being coupled to the wind power source through power converters, and a supervisory controller coupled to the wind power source and the electrically-powered sub-system to monitor and manage the integrated electrically-powered sub-system and wind power system.

  19. Outphasing Control of Gallium Nitride based Very High Frequency Resonant Converters

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    Madsen, Mickey P.

    In this paper an outphasing modulation control method suitable for line regulation of very high frequency resonant converters is described.

  20. System using a megawatt class millimeter wave source and a high-power rectenna to beam power to a suspended platform

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    Caplan, Malcolm; Friedman, Herbert W.

    2005-07-19

    A system for beaming power to a high altitude platform is based upon a high power millimeter gyrotron source, optical transmission components, and a high-power receiving antenna (i.e., a rectenna) capable of rectifying received millimeter energy and converting such energy into useable electrical power.

  1. PowerPoint Presentation

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    eliminating the need for HEU in civilian applications - each reactor converted or shut down eliminates a source of bomb material. Convert Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation...

  2. Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converters Robert C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski

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    Perreault, Dave

    Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converters Robert C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski , Anthony D. Sagneri introduces a resonant boost converter topology and control method suitable for designs at very high frequency of the new resonant boost dc- dc converter topology. The design is optimized for low device stress and very

  3. PWM CONVERTERS WITH RESISTIVE INPUT Sam Ben-Yaakov and llya Zeltser

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    and small signal responses of a Boost converter applied in APFC application. To make the input resistive be described by a simple intuitive reasoning in relation to the Boost converter (Fig. la). It is assumedthat (b) Fig. I. The Boost converter (a) and its behavioral average model (b) (after [7,8]). #12;ill

  4. FPGA based digital controller for switch-mode converter P-2013-025 Student: Yaron Huber

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    control scheme for DC-DC converters such as: boost or buck-boost. The control scheme is designed of minimal deviation control scheme on Boost converter using PSIM #12;2. Realization: Minimaldeviationcontroller-FPGA DC Buck - Boost converter Vin Inductor Load CapacitorSwitch Vout IL PCM main computational

  5. Designing an Accurate and Robust LC-Compliant Asynchronous Boost DCDC Converter

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    Designing an Accurate and Robust LC-Compliant Asynchronous Boost DC­DC Converter Neeraj Keskar in buck converters, little has been done in boosting applications. This paper presents an asynchronous boost converter and describes how LC variations affect stability, steady-state error, and switching

  6. Synthesis of Impedance Using Switching Converters Joe C.P. Liu

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    and a pair of switches, such as the buck, buck-boost and boost converters. The switches are switched Synthesis of Impedance Using Switching Converters Joe C.P. Liu Chi K. Tse Franki N.K. Poon M converters is stud- ied in this paper. We begin with showing that any impedance can be synthesized

  7. A CHAOS MODEL OF SUBHARMONIC OSCILLATIONS IN CURRENT MODE PWM BOOST CONVERTERS

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    A CHAOS MODEL OF SUBHARMONIC OSCILLATIONS IN CURRENT MODE PWM BOOST CONVERTERS Isaac Zafrany in a current mode PWM Boost converter under open and closed outer- loop conditions. A simple expression and explain by a Chaos model the behavior of a CM Boost converter under open and closed outer loop situations

  8. Controlling Chaos in DC/DC Converters Using Optimal Resonant Parametric Perturbation

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    perturba- tion method for controlling chaos in a current-mode con- trolled buck-boost converter of control. Specifically we make a chaotic buck-boost converter operate in an unstable period-1 orbit by a more complicated feedback chaos control method. II. CURRENT-MODE CONTROLLED BUCK-BOOST CONVERTER A

  9. Generalized Steady-state Analysis of Multiphase Interleaved Boost Converter with Coupled Inductors

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    Lipo, Thomas

    2005-38 Generalized Steady-state Analysis of Multiphase Interleaved Boost Converter with Coupled interleaved boost converter with coupled inductors H.-B. Shin, J.-G. Park, S.-K. Chung, H.-W. Lee and T.A. Lipo Abstract: The generalised steady-state analysis of the multi-phase interleaved boost converter

  10. General Control for Boost PFC Converter from a Sliding Mode Viewpoint

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    4452 General Control for Boost PFC Converter from a Sliding Mode Viewpoint Grace Chu, Siew control methodology for the boost PFC converter based on sliding mode control theory. The resulting rule is derived for the boost PFC converter. The aim is to provide input current tracking under all

  11. CHARACTERIZING DANGEROUS WAVES FOR OCEAN WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER SURVIVABILITY Justin Hovland

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    Haller, Merrick

    gradient technologies. This paper is focused on Ocean Wave Energy Converters (OWECs) and the needCHARACTERIZING DANGEROUS WAVES FOR OCEAN WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER SURVIVABILITY Justin Hovland ABSTRACT Ocean Wave Energy Converters (OWECs) operating on the water surface are subject to storms

  12. Aalborg Universitet SiC heat pump converters with support for voltage unbalance in distribution grids

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    Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    Aalborg Universitet SiC heat pump converters with support for voltage unbalance in distribution (APA): Trintis, I., Douglass, P., Maheshwari, R., & Munk-Nielsen, S. (2015). SiC heat pump converters.aau.dk on: november 29, 2015 #12;SiC heat pump converters with support for voltage unbalance in distribution

  13. Method for designing modulo {2n Binary-to-RNS converters

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    Sousa, Leonel

    Method for designing modulo {2n ± k} Binary-to-RNS converters Hector Pettenghi1, Ricardo Chaves1-based modulo {2n ± k} Binary-to-RNS converters is pro- posed. Efficient modulo {2n ± k} converters can be used to support well balanced RNS moduli sets with large dynamic ranges. Moreover, a novel selection method

  14. An Automated System for Converting App Inventor Apps to Java Interface For Creating and Managing Projects

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    Gray, Jeffrey G.

    An Automated System for Converting App Inventor Apps to Java Interface For Creating and Managing of Computer Science Graphical Environment For Creating Layouts MIT App Inventor An Automated System for Converting App Inventor Apps to JavaAn Automated System for Converting App Inventor Apps to JavaAn Automated

  15. Architectures and circuits for low-voltage energy conversion and applications in renewable energy and power management

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    Pilawa-Podgurski, Robert C. N

    2012-01-01

    In this thesis we seek to develop smaller, less expensive, and more efficient power electronics. We also investigate emerging applications where the proper implementation of these new types of power converters can have a ...

  16. Capacitor-Less VAR Compensator Based on a Matrix Converter 

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    Balakrishnan, Divya Rathna

    2012-02-14

    Reactive power, denoted as volt-ampere reactive (VARs), is fundamental to ac power systems and is due to the complex impedance of the loads and transmission lines. It has several undesirable consequences which include increased transmission loss...

  17. Design of a Solid-State Fast Voltage Compensator for klystron modulators requiring constant AC power consumption

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    Davide, Aguglia; Philippe, Viarouge; Jerome, Cros

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel topological solution for klystron modulators integrating a Fast Voltage Compensator which allows an operation at constant power consumption from the utility grid. This kind of solution is mandatory for the CLIC project under study, which requires several hundreds of synchronously operated klystron modulators for a total pulsed power of 39 GW. The topology is optimized for the challenging CLIC specifications, which require a very precise output voltage flat-top as well as fast rise and fall times (3µs). The Fast Voltage Compensator is integrated in the modulator such that it only has to manage the capacitor charger current and a fraction of the charging voltage. Consequently, its dimensioning power and cost is minimized.

  18. Water reactive hydrogen fuel cell power system

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    Wallace, Andrew P; Melack, John M; Lefenfeld, Michael

    2014-11-25

    A water reactive hydrogen fueled power system includes devices and methods to combine reactant fuel materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen. The generated hydrogen is converted in a fuel cell to provide electricity. The water reactive hydrogen fueled power system includes a fuel cell, a water feed tray, and a fuel cartridge to generate power for portable power electronics. The removable fuel cartridge is encompassed by the water feed tray and fuel cell. The water feed tray is refillable with water by a user. The water is then transferred from the water feed tray into the fuel cartridge to generate hydrogen for the fuel cell which then produces power for the user.

  19. Water reactive hydrogen fuel cell power system

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    Wallace, Andrew P; Melack, John M; Lefenfeld, Michael

    2014-01-21

    A water reactive hydrogen fueled power system includes devices and methods to combine reactant fuel materials and aqueous solutions to generate hydrogen. The generated hydrogen is converted in a fuel cell to provide electricity. The water reactive hydrogen fueled power system includes a fuel cell, a water feed tray, and a fuel cartridge to generate power for portable power electronics. The removable fuel cartridge is encompassed by the water feed tray and fuel cell. The water feed tray is refillable with water by a user. The water is then transferred from the water feed tray into a fuel cartridge to generate hydrogen for the fuel cell which then produces power for the user.

  20. Aalborg Universitet Review of modular power converters solutions for smart transformer in distribution

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    Mathe, Laszlo

    Additionally it is foreseen that the electric mobility, whose batteries re-charging could pose a challenge, Frede Blaabjerg Department of Energy Technology Aalborg University Denmark rpa@et.aau.dk, gvg Transformer (ST) is becoming a reality in traction applications, and it has been considered as an interesting

  1. Switching Strategy for Direct Model Predictive Control in Power Converter and Drive Applications

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    Noé, Reinhold

    of permanent magnet synchronous motors with interior magnets (IPMSM). Index Terms--Direct Model Predictive Direct-MPC approaches, a more flexible gate-signal generation method which enables switching during

  2. Repetitive and Iterative Learning Control for Power Converter and Precision Motion Control

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    Teng, Kuo-Tai

    2014-01-01

    In Ad- vanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Jul. 2012, pp.in Digital Control. ” Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME TransactionsThe labmates in Mechatronics and Controls Laboratory also

  3. Multi-port DC-DC Power Converter for Renewable Energy Application 

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    Chou, Hung-Ming

    2010-01-16

    In recent years, there has been lots of emphasis put on the development of renewable energy. While considerable improvement on renewable energy has been made, there are some inherent limitations for these renewable energies. For example, for solar...

  4. Light-weight DC to very high voltage DC converter

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    Druce, R.L.; Kirbie, H.C.; Newton, M.A.

    1998-06-30

    A DC-DC converter capable of generating outputs of 100 KV without a transformer comprises a silicon opening switch (SOS) diode connected to allow a charging current from a capacitor to flow into an inductor. When a specified amount of charge has flowed through the SOS diode, it opens up abruptly; and the consequential collapsing field of the inductor causes a voltage and current reversal that is steered into a load capacitor by an output diode. A switch across the series combination of the capacitor, inductor, and SOS diode closes to periodically reset the SOS diode by inducing a forward-biased current. 1 fig.

  5. Processes for converting lignocellulosics to reduced acid pyrolysis oil

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    Kocal, Joseph Anthony; Brandvold, Timothy A

    2015-01-06

    Processes for producing reduced acid lignocellulosic-derived pyrolysis oil are provided. In a process, lignocellulosic material is fed to a heating zone. A basic solid catalyst is delivered to the heating zone. The lignocellulosic material is pyrolyzed in the presence of the basic solid catalyst in the heating zone to create pyrolysis gases. The oxygen in the pyrolysis gases is catalytically converted to separable species in the heating zone. The pyrolysis gases are removed from the heating zone and are liquefied to form the reduced acid lignocellulosic-derived pyrolysis oil.

  6. With the increasing needs to incorporate more complex mixed-signal controller for switched mode power sup-plies, Smart Power ICs designers need to examine various considerations for the implementation of integrated

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    DeMara, Ronald F.

    power sup- plies, Smart Power ICs designers need to examine various considerations for the implementation of integrated DC-DC converters, including switched-mode power supply topology, digital versus integrated switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) and integrated class-D audio power amplifiers. After obtaining

  7. Enhanced thermal and gas flow performance in a three-way catalytic converter through use of insulation within the ceramic monolith

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Emissions performance comparison of conventional catalytic converter with multi-channel catalytic converter (ceramic fiber insulation layers introduced into ceramic monolith of three-way catalytic converter)

  8. Oscillating fluid power generator

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    Morris, David C

    2014-02-25

    A system and method for harvesting the kinetic energy of a fluid flow for power generation with a vertically oriented, aerodynamic wing structure comprising one or more airfoil elements pivotably attached to a mast. When activated by the moving fluid stream, the wing structure oscillates back and forth, generating lift first in one direction then in the opposite direction. This oscillating movement is converted to unidirectional rotational movement in order to provide motive power to an electricity generator. Unlike other oscillating devices, this device is designed to harvest the maximum aerodynamic lift forces available for a given oscillation cycle. Because the system is not subjected to the same intense forces and stresses as turbine systems, it can be constructed less expensively, reducing the cost of electricity generation. The system can be grouped in more compact clusters, be less evident in the landscape, and present reduced risk to avian species.

  9. Development of a Novel Bi-Directional Isolated Multiple-Input DC-DC Converter

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    Li, H.

    2005-10-24

    There is vital need for a compact, lightweight, and efficient energy-storage system that is both affordable and has an acceptable cycle life for the large-scale production of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Most of the current research employs a battery-storage unit (BU) combined with a fuel cell (FC) stack in order to achieve the operating voltage-current point of maximum efficiency for the FC system. A system block diagram is shown in Fig.1.1. In such a conventional arrangement, the battery is sized to deliver the difference between the energy required by the traction drive and the energy supplied by the FC system. Energy requirements can increase depending on the drive cycle over which the vehicle is expected to operate. Peak-power transients result in an increase of losses and elevated temperatures which result in a decrease in the lifetime of the battery. This research will propose a novel two-input direct current (dc) dc to dc converter to interface an additional energy-storage element, an ultracapacitor (UC), which is shown in Fig.1.2. It will assist the battery during transients to reduce the peak-power requirements of the battery.

  10. Cloud Formation in the Plumes of Solar Chimney Power Generation Facilities: A Modeling Study

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    Nenes, Athanasios

    the potential impacts on plant capacity resulting from cloud formation within or downwind of the solar chimney. Ideally, renewable energy power plants convert energy from naturally occurring thermal or kinetic sources technology for converting solar energy into electricity that has shown promise in recent years is the so

  11. The Sacramento power utility experience in solar

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    Smeloff, E. [Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), CA (United States)

    1993-12-31

    An overview of the development of three solar power technologies for use in Sacramento, California is provided. A central receiver power plant, Solar One, is being converted to a molten salt design with thermal energy storage by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and six other utilities. SMUD is also investigating a solar dish/sterling engine system and technologies to reduce photovoltaic conversion costs.

  12. Magnetic Detection of Microstructure Change in Power Plant Steels

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    Yardley, Victoria Anne

    2003-07-12

    energy by a system of turbines and a generator. Figure 2.1 shows the route followed by the steam and water. Water is pumped into the boiler and converted to steam, then superheated. It is injected through nozzles onto the blades of the high pressure (HP... . – 2 – Chapter 2 Microstructural Evolution in Power Plant Steels 2.1 Power plant operation In power plant, heat energy from fuel combustion or nuclear fission is used to produce jets of steam. The kinetic energy of the steam is converted to electrical...

  13. Apparatuses and method for converting electromagnetic radiation to direct current

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    Kotter, Dale K; Novack, Steven D

    2014-09-30

    An energy conversion device may include a first antenna and a second antenna configured to generate an AC current responsive to incident radiation, at least one stripline, and a rectifier coupled with the at least one stripline along a length of the at least one stripline. An energy conversion device may also include an array of nanoantennas configured to generate an AC current in response to receiving incident radiation. Each nanoantenna of the array includes a pair of resonant elements, and a shared rectifier operably coupled to the pair of resonant elements, the shared rectifier configured to convert the AC current to a DC current. The energy conversion device may further include a bus structure operably coupled with the array of nanoantennas and configured to receive the DC current from the array of nanoantennas and transmit the DC current away from the array of nanoantennas.

  14. Low Head, Vortex Induced Vibrations River Energy Converter

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    Bernitsas, Michael B.; Dritz, Tad

    2006-06-30

    Vortex Induced Vibrations Aquatic Clean Energy (VIVACE) is a novel, demonstrated approach to extracting energy from water currents. This invention is based on a phenomenon called Vortex Induced Vibrations (VIV), which was first observed by Leonardo da Vinci in 1504AD. He called it ‘Aeolian Tones.’ For decades, engineers have attempted to prevent this type of vibration from damaging structures, such as offshore platforms, nuclear fuel rods, cables, buildings, and bridges. The underlying concept of the VIVACE Converter is the following: Strengthen rather than spoil vortex shedding; enhance rather than suppress VIV; harness rather than mitigate VIV energy. By maximizing and utilizing this unique phenomenon, VIVACE takes this “problem” and successfully transforms it into a valuable resource for mankind.

  15. A Study of Radiative Bottomonium Transitions using Converted Photons

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    Lees, J.P.; Poireau, V.; Prencipe, E.; Tisserand, V.; /Annecy, LAPP; Garra Tico, J.; Grauges, E.; /Barcelona U., ECM; Martinelli, M.; /INFN, Bari /Bari U.; Milanes, D.A.; /INFN, Bari; Palano, A.; Pappagallo, M.; /INFN, Bari /Bari U.; Eigen, G.; Stugu, B.; Sun, L.; /Bergen U.; Brown, D.N.; Kerth, L.T.; Kolomensky, Yu.G.; Lynch, G.; /UC, Berkeley; Koch, H.; Schroeder, T.; /Ruhr U., Bochum; Asgeirsson, D.J.; Hearty, C.; /British Columbia U. /Brunel U. /Novosibirsk, IYF /UC, Irvine /UC, Riverside /UC, Santa Barbara /UC, Santa Cruz /Caltech /Cincinnati U. /Colorado U. /Colorado State U. /Dortmund U. /Dresden, Tech. U. /Ecole Polytechnique /Edinburgh U. /INFN, Ferrara /INFN, Ferrara /Ferrara U. /INFN, Ferrara /Frascati /INFN, Genoa /Genoa U. /INFN, Genoa /INFN, Genoa /Genoa U. /INFN, Genoa /Indian Inst. Tech., Guwahati /Harvard U. /Harvey Mudd Coll. /Heidelberg U. /Humboldt U., Berlin /Imperial Coll., London /Iowa State U. /Iowa State U. /Johns Hopkins U. /Paris U., VI-VII /LLNL, Livermore /Liverpool U. /Queen Mary, U. of London /Royal Holloway, U. of London /Royal Holloway, U. of London /Louisville U. /Mainz U., Inst. Kernphys. /Manchester U. /Maryland U. /Massachusetts U., Amherst /MIT /McGill U. /INFN, Milan /Milan U. /INFN, Milan /INFN, Milan /Milan U. /Mississippi U. /Montreal U. /INFN, Naples /Naples U. /NIKHEF, Amsterdam /NIKHEF, Amsterdam /Notre Dame U. /Ohio State U. /Oregon U. /INFN, Padua /Padua U. /INFN, Padua /INFN, Padua /Padua U. /Paris U., VI-VII /INFN, Perugia /Perugia U. /INFN, Pisa /Pisa U. /INFN, Pisa /Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore /INFN, Pisa /Pisa U. /INFN, Pisa /INFN, Pisa /Pisa U. /INFN, Pisa /Princeton U. /INFN, Rome /INFN, Rome /Rome U. /INFN, Rome /INFN, Rome /Rome U. /INFN, Rome /Rostock U. /Rutherford /DAPNIA, Saclay /SLAC /South Carolina U. /Southern Methodist U. /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SUNY, Albany /Tel Aviv U. /Tennessee U. /Texas Nuclear Corp., Austin /Texas U., Dallas /INFN, Turin /Turin U. /INFN, Trieste /Trieste U. /Valencia U. /Victoria U. /Warwick U. /Wisconsin U., Madison

    2011-08-15

    The authors use (111 {+-} 1) million {Upsilon}(3S) and (89 {+-} 1) million {Upsilon}(2S) events recorded by the BABAR detector at the PEP-II B-factory at SLAC to perform a study of radiative transitions betwen bottomonium states using photons that have been converted to e{sup +}e{sup -} pairs by the detector material. They observe {Upsilon}(3S) {yields} {gamma}{chi}{sub b0,2}(1P) decay, make precise measurements of the branching fractions for {chi}{sub b1,2}(1P, 2P) {yields} {gamma}{Upsilon}(1S) and {chi}{sub b1,2}(2P) {yields} {gamma}{Upsilon}(2S) decays, and search for radiative decay to the {eta}{sub b}(1S) and {eta}{sub b}(2S) states.

  16. NREL Research on Converting Biomass to Liquid Fuels

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    None

    2013-05-29

    Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass can be converted directly into liquid fuels, called "biofuels," to help meet transportation fuel needs. The two most common types of biofuels are ethanol and biodiesel. Today, ethanol is made from starches and sugars, but at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists are developing technology to allow it to be made from cellulose and hemicellulose, the fibrous material that makes up the bulk of most plant matter. Biodiesel is made by combining alcohol (usually methanol) with vegetable oil, animal fat, or recycled cooking grease. It can be used as an additive (typically 20%) to reduce vehicle emissions or in its pure form as a renewable alternative fuel for diesel engines. For a text version of this video visit http://www.nrel.gov/learning/re_biofuels.html

  17. Harvesting Kinetic Energy with Switched-Inductor DCDC Converters

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    energy in motion may not compete with solar power but, in contrast to indoor lighting and thermal sources- power piezoelectric and electrostatic kinetic-harvesting sources. I. HARVESTING KINETIC ENERGY temperature gradients, the fundamental source from which the device draws energy [3]. Harvesting the kinetic

  18. Diode amplifier of modulated optical beam power

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    D'yachkov, N V; Bogatov, A P; Gushchik, T I; Drakin, A E [P N Lebedev Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2014-11-30

    Analytical relations are obtained between characteristics of modulated light at the output and input of an optical diode power amplifier operating in the highly saturated gain regime. It is shown that a diode amplifier may act as an amplitude-to-phase modulation converter with a rather large bandwidth (?10 GHz). The low sensitivity of the output power of the amplifier to the input beam power and its high energy efficiency allow it to be used as a building block of a high-power multielement laser system with coherent summation of a large number of optical beams. (lasers)

  19. THE SPACE POWER GRID Narayanan Komerath, Nicholas Boechler

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    the constellation with satellites augmented with solar collectors and converters. In Phase 3, large, ultra-light solar collectors in medium-height orbits (a few thousand Figure 1: Phases of the Space Power Grid 1: Augmented satellites: A-SPG 4. Phase 3: Ultralight collector beams sunlight to SPG: Full Space Solar Power

  20. Opportunities and Challenges in Very High Frequency Power Conversion

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    Perreault, Dave

    in switching frequency directly reduce the energy- storage requirements of power converters, improving achiev transition times. In this paper, we will focus on designs compatible with zero-voltage switching and resonant methods. We present an overview of the design of power electronics at extreme high frequencies

  1. A Universal Level Converter Towards theA Universal Level Converter Towards the Realization ofRealization of

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    Mohanty, Saraju P.

    buses. 3/6/2009 6 #12;DDNEMS Components: PMUDDNEMS Components: PMU Power Management Unit (PMU of PMU is a bank

  2. 538 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, VOL. 20, NO. 2, MAY 2005 Modern Laboratory-Based Education for Power

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    Kimball, Jonathan W.

    for Power Electronics and Electric Machines Robert S. Balog, Student Member, IEEE, Zakdy Sorchini, Student be an integral component of a power electronics and electric machines curriculum. However, before a single watt the performance of a converter. Similarly, the study of electric machines requires practical demonstration so

  3. 1262 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, VOL. 18, NO. 6, NOVEMBER 2003 A Constant-Power Battery Charger With Inherent

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    Tse, Chi K. "Michael"

    Charger With Inherent Soft Switching and Power Factor Correction N. K. Poon, Member, IEEE, Bryan M. H prototype was built to demonstrate the merits of this circuit. Index Terms--Battery charger, power factor correction, switching converters, zero-voltage-switching. I. INTRODUCTION BATTERY chargers are designed

  4. A merged two-stage converter for LED lighting applications

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    Ranson, John (John David)

    2012-01-01

    Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are a very promising technology for developing more efficient lighting. For high-efficiency applications, a switching current regulator is necessary to control the power drawn by an LED string. ...

  5. Sandia Energy - WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator)

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    The WEC-Sim project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office and the code development effort is a collaboration between the...

  6. Characterization of U.S. Wave Energy Converter Test Sites: A...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    data and wave energy characteristics at three U.S. wave energy converter (WEC) test and potential deployment sites. Its purpose is to enable the comparison of wave...

  7. Novel Controls for Economic Dispatch of Combined Cooling, Heating and Power (CCHP) Systems

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The emergence of technologies that efficiently convert heat into cooling, such as absorption chillers, has opened up many new opportunities and markets for combined heat and power systems. These...

  8. Oil to Coal Conversion of Power and Industrial Facilities in the Dominican Republic 

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    Causilla, H.; Acosta, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    and economic feasibility of converting power plants and cement plants from oil to coal. The summary results and conclusions are presented and include coal conversion capital costs, cost savings, and program overall schedule. The intent of the authors...

  9. Geek-Up[6.10.2011]: Thermoelectrics' Great Power, Key Ingredient in Bone's Nanostructure

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Advanced thermoelectric materials could be used to develop vehicle exhaust systems that convert exhaust heat into electricity, concentrate solar energy for power generation and recover waste heat from industrial processes.

  10. Reaction force control implementation of a linear generator in irregular waves for a wave power system 

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    Li, Bin

    2012-11-29

    Most designs for wave energy converters include a hydraulic (or pneumatic) interface between the wave device and the generator to smooth electricity production, but a direct drive power take-off system is a possible way ...

  11. Electric vehicle system for charging and supplying electrical power

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Su, Gui Jia

    2010-06-08

    A power system that provides power between an energy storage device, an external charging-source/load, an onboard electrical power generator, and a vehicle drive shaft. The power system has at least one energy storage device electrically connected across a dc bus, at least one filter capacitor leg having at least one filter capacitor electrically connected across the dc bus, at least one power inverter/converter electrically connected across the dc bus, and at least one multiphase motor/generator having stator windings electrically connected at one end to form a neutral point and electrically connected on the other end to one of the power inverter/converters. A charging-sourcing selection socket is electrically connected to the neutral points and the external charging-source/load. At least one electronics controller is electrically connected to the charging-sourcing selection socket and at least one power inverter/converter. The switch legs in each of the inverter/converters selected by the charging-source/load socket collectively function as a single switch leg. The motor/generators function as an inductor.

  12. Analysis and design of high frequency link power conversion systems for fuel cell power conditioning 

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    Song, Yu Jin

    2005-11-01

    simulations and experiments, and their trade-offs are described in detail using mathematical evaluation approach. The third study proposes a current-fed high frequency link direct dc-ac converter suitable for residential fuel cell power systems. The high...

  13. Year 4 Programme and Module Integrated Masters degree programmes in

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    Rzepa, Henry S.

    Chemistry (Industrial) Chemistry (International) Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry (Industrial) Chemistry with Colour Science Medicinal Chemistry Medicinal ChemistryYear 4 Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 Integrated Masters degree programmes in: Chemistry

  14. Intensive neutrino source on the base of lithium converter

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    Lyashuk, V I

    2015-01-01

    An intensive antineutrino source with a hard spectrum (with energy up to 13 MeV, average energy 6.5 MeV) can be realized on the base of beta-decay of short living isotope 8Li (0.84 s). The 8Li isotope (generated in activation of 7Li isotope) is a prime perspective antineutrino source owing to the hard antineutrino spectrum and square dependence of cross section on the energy. Up today nuclear reactors are the most intensive neutrino sources. Antineutrino reactor spectra have large uncertainties in the summary antineutrino spectrum at energy E>6 MeV. Use of 8Li isotope allows to decrease sharply the uncertainties or to exclude it completely. An intensive neutron fluxes are requested for rapid generation of 8Li isotope. The installations on the base of nuclear reactors can be an alternative for nuclear reactors as traditional neutron sources. It is possible creation of neutrino sources another in principle: on the base of tandem of accelerators, neutron generating targets and lithium converter. An intensive neu...

  15. How to convert gradually to oil-refinery hydrocracking

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    Basta, N.

    1986-01-06

    Over the past ten years, demand for refined petroleum products has been relatively constant, primarily because of worldwide conservation efforts. In fact, the demand for residual fuels has actually declined, while the market for gasoline has risen just slightly. Only middle distillates, which have seen a moderate increase since 1975, will continue to rise slowly over the next several years, says UOP Inc., a Des Plaines, Illinois, division of Allied-Signal Inc. This rise, coupled with the decline in resid demand, dictates the need for conversion capacity that will be capable of selectively producing distillate products. Traditionally, this need has been filled by hydrocracking gas oils to distillates. However, full conversion to hydrocracking requires high capital investment, which may not be possible in today's competitive refining industry. As a solution to this problem, UOP has developed a staged approach to distillate production, which allows the refiner both to phase in capital costs and to increase production over a number of years, says Mark Reno, manager of hydrocracking process development. The staged approach involves (1) constructing a mild-hydrocracking (MHC) unit that would produce less distillate, but at a lower cost; (2) upgrading to full conversion at a later date. The aldready-installed MHC equipment would be used with only minor modifications. UOP offers its own mild/full hydrocracking technology, called unibon; the firm says it can also convert a customer's existing hydrotreating equipment.

  16. 27.5 A Single-Inductor ACDC Piezoelectric Energy-Harvester/Battery-Charger IC Converting (0.35 to 1.2V) to (2.7 to 4.5V)

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    Rincon-Mora, Gabriel A.

    1 27.5 A Single-Inductor AC­DC Piezoelectric Energy-Harvester/Battery- Charger IC Converting ±(0, GA Microscale integration constrains energy and the lifetime microsystems like wireless sensors and quiescent current nonetheless limit the input voltage range of the system and dissipate power. The harvester-charger

  17. E-beam high voltage switching power supply

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    Shimer, D.W.; Lange, A.C.

    1997-03-11

    A high power, solid state power supply is described for producing a controllable, constant high voltage output under varying and arcing loads suitable for powering an electron beam gun or other ion source. The present power supply is most useful for outputs in a range of about 100-400 kW or more. The power supply is comprised of a plurality of discrete switching type dc-dc converter modules, each comprising a voltage regulator, an inductor, an inverter for producing a high frequency square wave current of alternating polarity, an improved inverter voltage clamping circuit, a step up transformer, and an output rectifier for producing a dc voltage at the output of each module. The inputs to the converter modules are fed from a common dc rectifier/filter and are linked together in parallel through decoupling networks to suppress high frequency input interactions. The outputs of the converter modules are linked together in series and connected to the input of the transmission line to the load through a decoupling and line matching network. The dc-dc converter modules are phase activated such that for n modules, each module is activated equally 360{degree}/n out of phase with respect to a successive module. The phased activation of the converter modules, combined with the square current waveforms out of the step up transformers, allows the power supply to operate with greatly reduced output capacitance values which minimizes the stored energy available for discharge into an electron beam gun or the like during arcing. The present power supply also provides dynamic response to varying loads by controlling the voltage regulator duty cycle using simulated voltage feedback signals and voltage feedback loops. Circuitry is also provided for sensing incipient arc currents reflected at the output of the power supply and for simultaneously decoupling the power supply circuitry from the arcing load. 7 figs.

  18. E-beam high voltage switching power supply

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Shimer, Daniel W. (Danville, CA); Lange, Arnold C. (Livermore, CA)

    1997-01-01

    A high power, solid state power supply is described for producing a controllable, constant high voltage output under varying and arcing loads suitable for powering an electron beam gun or other ion source. The present power supply is most useful for outputs in a range of about 100-400 kW or more. The power supply is comprised of a plurality of discrete switching type dc-dc converter modules, each comprising a voltage regulator, an inductor, an inverter for producing a high frequency square wave current of alternating polarity, an improved inverter voltage clamping circuit, a step up transformer, and an output rectifier for producing a dc voltage at the output of each module. The inputs to the converter modules are fed from a common dc rectifier/filter and are linked together in parallel through decoupling networks to suppress high frequency input interactions. The outputs of the converter modules are linked together in series and connected to the input of the transmission line to the load through a decoupling and line matching network. The dc-dc converter modules are phase activated such that for n modules, each module is activated equally 360.degree./n out of phase with respect to a successive module. The phased activation of the converter modules, combined with the square current waveforms out of the step up transformers, allows the power supply to operate with greatly reduced output capacitance values which minimizes the stored energy available for discharge into an electron beam gun or the like during arcing. The present power supply also provides dynamic response to varying loads by controlling the voltage regulator duty cycle using simulated voltage feedback signals and voltage feedback loops. Circuitry is also provided for sensing incipient arc currents reflected at the output of the power supply and for simultaneously decoupling the power supply circuitry from the arcing load.

  19. Aalborg Universitet Review on Multi-Level Voltage Source Converter Based HVDC Technologies for Grid

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    Bak, Claus Leth

    Connection of Large Offshore Wind Farms Glasdam, Jakob ; Hjerrild, Jesper; Kocewiak, Lukasz Hubert; Bak-Level Voltage Source Converter Based HVDC Technologies for Grid Connection of Large Offshore Wind Farms. I IEEE of large offshore wind farms (OWFs) employing current state-of- the-art voltage source converter based high

  20. Design of high speed low voltage data converters for UWB communication systems 

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    Lee, Choong Hoon

    2006-08-16

    For A/D converters in ultra-wideband (UWB) communication systems, the flash A/D type is commonly used because of its fast speed and simple architecture. However, the number of comparators in a flash A/D converter exponentially ...