Thermal aspects of a low cost power electronic converter for high capacity, smart residential distribution networks

A. Amiri, A.M. Cross, N. Ignadossian, S. Safari, P. Ward, M. Owen

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Abstract

A key challenge facing the UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) today is the increasing demand for power being placed on residential networks. Also, the increase in distributed generation (DG) is now resulting in unacceptable local voltage rises and power quality issues. A cost effective solution to these problems can be achieved on the existing infrastructure by increasing the local network phase voltage to 400 V and stepping back down to 230 V at each house, using a DNO-owned, voltage regulated power electronic converter (PEC). The thermal and protection issues associated with the design of such a PEC, which is to be installed in the meterbox of each property, are discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016), 2016
PublisherIET
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-78561-188-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2016
Event8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Apr 201621 Apr 2016

Conference

Conference8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives
Abbreviated titlePEMD 2016
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period19/04/1621/04/16

Bibliographical note

Funding: InnovativeUK/EPRSC

Keywords

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • power electronic converter
  • SiC MOSFET
  • thermal design
  • CFD

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