2022 Power Electronics & Energy Conversion Workshop

The goal of this workshop is to identify research directions and priorities for the next generation of power electronics and energy conversion systems for the electric grid, transportation, and national security.

August 23 & 24

8:00 AM MT – 4:00 PM MT

These webinars will be all virtual via Zoom.

Hosted by Sandia National Laboratories

View the Power Electronics & Energy Conversion Workshop bios and abstracts booklet.


Tuesday, August 23

8:00 am – 8:30 am MT           
Amy Halloran, Sandia National Laboratories; Charles Hanley, Sandia National Laboratories; Craig Lawton, Sandia National Laboratories
8:30 am – 8:40 am MT    Challenges of Power Electronics for the Future Grid – Reliability Concerns for the Future
 Robert Cummings, Red Yucca Power Consulting
8:40 am – 9:00 am MTDOE TRAC Program Overview
 Andre Pereira, DOE Office of Electricity
9:00 am – 9:20 am MT/td>DOE Energy Storage Program Power Electronics Overview
Imre Gyuk, DOE Office of Electricity
9:20 am – 9:30 am MT  DOE Applied Grid Transformation Solutions (AGTS) Overview
Fernando Palma, DOE Office of Electricity
9:30 am – 9:50 am MTONR Materials Research for Passives/Military Applications
Lynn Petersen, DoD Office of Naval Research  
9:50 am – 10:10 am MTDOE EERE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Systems Integration Program Overview
Guohui Yuan, DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office
10:10 am – 10:30 am MT Q&A and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, August 23, 10:30 am -12:00 pm MT
Session Chairs

Michael Ropp, Sandia National Laboratories; Richard Fioavanti, Quanta Technology
10:30 am – 10:45 am MTReview of Needs and Impacts of Fast-charging Networks
Richard Fioravanti, Quanta Technology
10:45 am – 11:00 pm MTElectrification of Everything
Olga Lavrova, New Mexico State University
11:00 pm – 11:15 pm MTImpact of Power Electronics on Grid Stability
Zhenyu (Henry) Huang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
11:15 am – 11:30 am MTPower Electronics Enabled Resilient Networked Microgrids
Rush D. Robinett III, Michigan Tech
11:30 am – 11:45 pm MTThe Optimal Control with Implicit Phase Coordination of a Collective of Wind Turbines
Joseph Young, OptimoJoe
11:45 am – 12:00 pm MTQ&A and panel discussion
Tuesday, August 23, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm MT
Session Chairs

Ali Bidram, University of New Mexico; Steve Glover, Sandia National Laboratories; Alex Q. Huang, University of Texas Austin; Stan Atcitty, Sandia National Laboratories
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm MTM4 Inverter: A PV + Storage Solid State Transformer
Alex Q. Huang, University of Texas Austin
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm MTSolid-State Power Substation (SSPS) Applications
Radha Sree Krishna Moorthy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm MTProtection Scheme for Weather Resilient and Reconfigurable Solid-State Transformers
Mehdi Abolhassani, Resilient Power
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm MTChallenges for Solid-State Transformer for Industrial Applications
Vijay Bhavaraju, Eaton
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm MTSolid-State Transformers – Control Architectures to Enhance System Resilience
Giri Venkataramanan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm MTQ&A and panel discussion
Tuesday, August 23, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm MT

Session Chairs

Jack Flicker, Sandia National Laboratories
Jacob Mueller, Sandia National Laboratories
Madhu Chinthavali, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm MTMultiport Bidirectional Solid-State Transformer
Deepak Divan, Georgia Tech
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm MTSolid State Transformer journey – from concept to pilot demonstration in a decade
Subhashish Bhattacharya, North Carolina State
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm MTGrid Tied Medium Voltage Systems: Topologies, Control and Architecture
Rajendra Prasad Kandula, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm MTMedium Voltage Power Converters and Their Controls for Enhanced Grid Integration of DERs
Akanksha Singh, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm MTTransmission and Distribution Controllability Opportunities and Modeling Challenges with Direct Current Systems and Solid-State Transformers
Marcelo Elizondo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm MTApplication of SST in a 380V bipolar DC Microgrid System
Sijo Augustine, New Mexico State University

Wednesday, August 24

Wednesday, August 24, 8:00 am – 10:00 am MT
Session Chairs    

Bob Kaplar, Sandia National Laboratories; Ozgur Aktas, Sandia National Laboratories
8:00 am – 8:20 am MTSemiconductors Fundamentals for Higher Voltage, Higher Power, and Higher Efficiency and Reliability
John Muth, North Carolina State
8:20 am – 8:40 am MTCharge-Balanced Lateral Polar Junctions in GaN for Future Superjunction Power Devices
Spyridon (Spyros) Pavlidis, North Carolina State
8:40 am – 9:00 am MTMedium-Voltage SiC MOSFETs: Powering the EV Traction Inverter
James Cooper, Purdue University, SONRISA
9:00 am – 9:20 am MTUltra-Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors
Steve Goodnick, Arizona State University
9:20 am – 9:40 am MTReliability Testing and In-situ failure Analysis of Wide Bandgap Power Electronic Devices
Moinuddin Ahmed, Argonne National Laboratory
9:40 am – 10:00 am MTMicro to nanoscale thermal characterization of wide bandgap electronics
Georges Pavlidis, University of Connecticut
Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 am – 11:30 am MT
Session Chairs

Todd Monson, Sandia National Laboratories; Jane Lehr, University of New Mexico
10:00 am – 10:15 am MTTime Dependent Dielectric Phenomenon Under High Electric Fields
Clive Randall, Penn State University
10:15 am – 10:30 am MTMoisture Ingress Models of Film Capacitors in PV Inverters
Ramanathan Thiagarajan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
10:30 am – 10:45 am MTEnabling Soft Magnetics for Wide Bandgap (WBG) and Ultra-Wide Bandgap (UWBG) Power Electronics
Paul Ohodnicki, University of Pittsburgh
10:45 am – 11:00 am MTModern Magnetic Material Model for PSPICE
Coty Tran, Sandia National Laboratories
11:00 am – 11:15 am MTDesigning Soft Magnetic Materials
Dale Huber, Sandia National Laboratory
11:15 am – 11:30 am MTQ&A and panel discussion
Wednesday, August 24, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm MT
Session Chairs                
Lee Gill, Sandia National Laboratories; Luke Yates, Sandia National Laboratories; Lee Rashkin, Sandia National Laboratories
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm MTMedium Voltage PCB-based Bus Design and Insulation Coordination in a 10 kV SiC-based Power Electronics Building Blocks
Joshua Stewart, Virginia Tech
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm MTPackaging of WBG and UWBG Power Semiconductors
Christna DiMarino, Virginia Tech
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm MTInsulation, Thermal Management, and Passive Components: three remaining challenges for high power density converters
Jin Wang, Ohio State University
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm MTReliability of GaN power devices: Current status and Future challenges
Ozgur Aktas, Sandia National Laboratories
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm MTWirebondless SiC Power Module Packaging  
Arun V. Gowda, GE Research
Wednesday, August 24, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm MT
Session Chairs

Richard Baxter, Mustang Prairie Energy
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm MTARPA-E Funding Opportunities in Power Electronics
Olga Blum Spahn, ARPA-E
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm MTGaining Market Access for Disruptive Technologies
Scott Daniels, CSA Group
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm MTR&D Opportunity in Power Conversion Systems
Jackie Huynh, AES Clean Energy
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm MTDistributed Smart Inverters: problem or solution?
Leo Casey, X (Formerly Google-X)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm MTQ&A and panel discussion
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm MTCharles Hanley, Sandia National Laboratories