“Symposium on Control in Power Electronics, Electric Drives, Renewable Energy Sources and Smart Grids” was held at the Polish Academy of Sciences Scientific Center in Paris on 11-12 October 2022 and was the first inaugural meeting, initiating cyclical events. It was dedicated to new technologies that have emerged in electrical engineering in recent years and have resulted in the development of specialisations such as power electronics and electric drives, renewable energy sources, Smart Grids, electromobility, energy storage and, above all, hydrogen systems.
The history of hydrogen systems goes back 200 years – from powering the first internal combustion engines over 200 years ago to becoming an integral part of the modern refining industry. Hydrogen is light, storable, energy-dense, and produces no direct emissions of pollutants or greenhouse gases. But for hydrogen to make a significant contribution to clean energy transitions, it needs to be adopted in sectors where it is almost completely absent, such as transport, buildings and power generation. The futuristic electric grid will be smart and dominated by power electronics converters. The such grid will include smart generation, smart load, and smart market and utilities. Such an energy paradigm is called a “Power Electronics Dominated Grid’ or “Renewable Energy Dominated Grid”. The inverters have a fast response and lack inertia support and damping adjustment ability, therefore such a grid’s ability to suppress load fluctuations and disturbances are weak. To avoid jeopardizing grid’s stability, the creation of the next grid paradigm will be possible if controlling and operating the massive amounts of inverters as virtual synchronous machines. Furthermore, dividing the grid into multiple sub-control regions and clusters will support the vision of creating a reliable and stable smart grid paradigm.
During the symposium, co-organised by the Polish Academy of Sciences Scientific Center in Paris and the Gdańsk University of Technology, a substantive discussion was undertaken to illuminate current research problems in electrical engineering. In addition to scientific problems, cooperation in the preparation of international projects between scientific centres was discussed, as well as the exchange of students and staff for scientific internships. The event resulted in an exchange of common experiences and interests among the event participants.
Date of the event: 11-12 October 2022
Place of the event: Polish Academy of Sciences Scientific Center in Paris (74, rue Lauriston)
Prof. Marcin Morawiec (Gdańsk University of Technology)
Diana Kogaczewska (PAN SN in Paris)