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Photovoltaic Research with ITECH Solutions
Yongheng Yang
Aalborg University, Denmark
IEEE Senior Member

Abstract: Photovoltaic (PV) is one of the renewable favorites with the fastest growing rate, and it will soon take a major role of power generation in various economies. However, the massive installation of grid-connected PV systems creates challenges to the grid. Many attempts have thus been made and being explored to better integrate PV systems as grid-friendly systems, which not only minimize the impact on the grid but also offer smart controllability and flexible manageability to enhance the utility. On the other hand, further R&D efforts should be made towards high-efficiency and high reliability of PV systems. In this talk, we will walk through the basic structure of grid-connected PV systems, and the focus will be on how to better utilize advanced testing equipment, such as ITECH solutions, to achieve and assist high-performance research in the area of PV systems. More importantly, the research prospective will be presented seen from the experiences from Aalborg University.

Biography: Yongheng Yang (SM’17) received the B.Eng. degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, in 2009 and the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2014. He was a postgraduate student with Southeast University, China, from 2009 to 2011. In 2013, he spent three months as a Visiting Scholar at Texas A&M University, USA. Currently, he is an Associate Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, where he is also the Vice Program Leader for the research program on photovoltaic systems.

Dr. Yang is the Chair of the IEEE Denmark Section. He is now an Associate Editor for several prestigious IEEE Transactions/Journals. He is a Deputy Editor of the IET Renewable Power Generation for Solar Photovoltaic Systems. He was the recipient of the 2018 IET Renewable Power Generation Premium Award and was an Outstanding Reviewer for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS in 2018. His research is focused on the integration of grid-friendly photovoltaic systems with an emphasis on the power electronics converter design, control, and reliability.