E284: Power Electronics – Efficient and Reliable Electric Energy Conversion

This course is designed to introduce the key components, circuit topologies, and control techniques for the efficient conversion of electrical energy. Basic circuit topologies to provide DC/DC and AC/DC power conversion will be introduced, as will metrics of performance, such as efficiency and power factor. The key components of energy conversion, such as power semiconductors, capacitors, inductors, and transformers, will be introduced, along with practical consideration of their use. Specific applications of power electronics will be introduced, with a focus of solar photovoltaic integration, electric vehicle drive-train and charging, and data-center power conversion.