Power Electronics: A Shift to Systems Integration

February 16, 2015
Speaker: Dr. Mattias Preindl, McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology


Power electronics systems convert and control electric power at particular high efficiencies. It is a key technology of the 21st century that has enabled and supports the development of larger systems such as renewable (wind power, photovoltaic), transportation electrification (hybrid and electric vehicles, high speed trains, integrated electric ship propulsion), or home appliances (switched power supplies or battery powered drills). This talk discusses future trends in power electronics in particular the transition from converter to system design. Higher integration and optimization of power electronic converters for specific applications is necessary to further increase efficiency, reduce volume, and reduce cost. These concepts will be discussed in detail using two ongoing research projects. The first example is about parallel inverters that are used in hybrid powertrains similar to the one in Toyota Prius. The second example is on the design of a battery module with redistributive balancing power electronics.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Matthias Preindl is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO), McMaster University, Canada. He received the PhD degree in Energy Engineering from the Doctoral School of Industrial Engineering at University of Padua, Italy (2014), the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2010), and the BSc degree in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Padua, Italy (2008).

Dr. Preindl is a sessional professor at McMaster University. He was a visiting scholar and visiting student at University of California, Berkeley, USA and Aalborg University, Denmark, respectively. He was also a trainee at the National Research Council (CNR), Italy. From 2010 to 2012, he was with Leitwind AG, Italy, where he was an R&D engineer in Power Electronics and Drives. He was awarded several honors, including merit scholarships, a prize for outstanding achievements during his studies, and a best presentation award. Dr. Preindl is involved in the design and control of power electronic and drive systems, with primary focus on renewable-energy power plants and innovative transportation systems.

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