Power Quality and Harmonics Issues of Future and Smart Grids

Submission Deadline: 31 Jul 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Power Quality and Harmonics Issues of Future and Smart Grids.

Penetration of grid connected renewable energy systems and smart loads based on power electronics technology has been increasing in low and medium voltage distribution. Power Electronics system is a key technology for distribution networks which can transfer electrical power from renewable energy sources to grids or generate regulated frequency and/or voltage for different loads such as variable speed drives and battery chargers. New demands for a) cost and size reduction, b) performance and quality improvement and c) flexibility on power management have promoted power electronics applications extensively in industrial, commercial and residential sectors such as in transportation, utility and home appliances in the recent years.

Harmonics are integer multiples of the fundamental signal (voltage or current at 50 or 60 Hz) and have short and long term effects on grids and grid connected electronics and power electronics equipment such as malfunction, failure and losses. These reduce reliability, lifetime and efficiency of the electricity networks. Main drawbacks of power electronics systems are low (below 2 kHz) and/or high (above 2 kHz) frequency harmonics emissions. Power electronics converters with Wide Band-Gap (WBG) switches generate more high frequency harmonics than the conventional switches due to their ability to operate at higher switching frequencies. They can increase and shift the harmonics emissions from 0-2 kHz to the higher frequency ranges (2-150 kHz) and create new power quality problems of the current and the future electricity networks.

This Special Section in IEEE Access focuses on most emerging harmonics and power quality issues of future and smart grids. The main aim of this Special Section is to bring together researchers from both academia and industry to share most recent power quality and harmonics issues of grid connected power electronics systems.

The main topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Harmonics estimation of low voltage distribution networks
  • Power quality of future grids based on high penetration of power electronics systems
  • Centralized and decentralized power quality control of smart grids
  • Small and large scales harmonics modelling of multi power electronics converters
  • Grid impedance effects on power quality of grids
  • Stability and control analysis and modelling of single-phase and three-phase Active Front End systems
  • New Trends in Active Power Filters: control, topology and operation in weak grids
  • Harmonic emissions of power electronics systems based on WBG devices
  • Resonant frequency of grids: low and high frequency modelling
  • Interharmonics and 2-9 kHz harmonics emissions issues
  • Electrical Safety codes for the future grids

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Associate Editor: Firuz Zare, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Guest Editors:

  1. Frede Blaabjerg, Aalborg University, Denmark
  2. Pooya Davari, Aalborg University, Denmark
  3. Jafar Adabi, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran
  4. Gary W. Chang, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: Bora M. Onat, Managing Editor, IEEE Access (Phone: (732) 562-6036, specialsections@ieee.org)