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Energy Access and Off-Grid Systems, IEEE Power Electronics Society Technical Committee on


Following on the success of Empower a Billion Lives, and a strong expression of interest in the technologies underlying energy access, and a burgeoning need for power systems with more autonomous control that can be implemented in a highly decentralized manner, Technical Committee - 12 is being formed by PELS to provide global leadership in this important area. Given below are some of the topics of interest:

  • Energy access solutions
  • Decentralized bottom-up grids
  • Self-organizing grids and microgrids
  • DC nanogrids
  • Hyper-efficient appliances, including CHP
  • Sensing, architecture, market, and business models for energy access
  • Ultra-automation in AC or DC microgrids
  • Autonomous inverters for inverter dominant grids
  • Real-time control of inverters to meet physical, market and cyber needs
  • Grid as an ecosystem
The above topics are rapidly gaining prominence and represent some of the emerging technical challenges that power electronics will face, and are at the heart of enabling successful solutions for energy access.


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