ECE – 590 I POWER & ENERGY SYSTEMS SEMINAR
SPEAKER: Dr. Fei Gao, Professor, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard
TITLE: "Digital Twins for Modern Power Electronics"
WHEN: Monday, April 24, 2023, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
WHERE: 4070 ECEB
ABSTRACT: Digital twin technology has become increasingly popular in recent years as a powerful tool for enhancing the design, performance, and maintenance of power electronic systems. In this speech, we aim to provide a comprehensive overview of digital twin technology, including its key enabling techniques and their application in power electronics. Our focus will be on high-fidelity real-time simulation methods that enable the creation of virtual models of power electronics systems and the ability to simulate them in real-time. We will discuss the benefits and limitations of different real-time modeling approaches and the challenges associated with combining power electronic real-time models and renewable energy real-time models to create power system digital twins. Furthermore, we will present several case studies that demonstrate the implementation of digital twins in power electronics. Finally, we will conclude by highlighting the future directions, challenges, and opportunities of power electronics digital twin technology. This speech aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of digital twin technology applied to the power electronics field and its potential to shape the future of power systems.
BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Fei Gao is currently the Deputy Director of the French CNRS research institute FEMTO-ST (750 researchers) and a Full Professor at the School of Energy and Computer science of the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard (UTBM). He received from UTBM the PhD degree in renewable energy with distinguished Youth Doctor Award in 2010. His main research fields include hydrogen fuel cells for transportation and digital twin technology for modern power electronics and energy systems. Prof. Gao is a Fellow of IEEE and IET. He is the recipient of 2020 “IEEE J. David Irwin Early Career Award” from IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 2022 “Leon-Nicolas Brillouin Award” from SEE France, and 2022 industrial “Sustainable Future Visionary Award” from Typhoon HIL. Prof. Gao is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industry Applications Society. He is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Industrial Electronics Technology News, and the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification. He currently serves as the Technical Activities Committee Chair of IEEE Transportation Electrification Community, the Vice-Chair of the Technical Committee on Electrified Transportation Systems of IEEE Power Electronics Society and the Secretary of Industrial Automation and Control Committee of IEEE Industry Application Society.