Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory

ECEN 4517/5517 Spring 2014


Announcements and Updates

  • (01/16) Due dates, announcements, online quizzes, additional materials, and discussion forums are all on D2L. Experiment pages with procedures and related materials are also linked from D2L, or can be accessed directly from the Experiments tab here.
  • (01/11) The lab starts with an Introduction on Monday, January 13, 2pm in FLMG 154
  • (01/11) Thursday section has been canceled. The students who registerd for the 4517-012 section should move to either the Tuesday 12-3:50 or the Wednesday 12-3:50 section.
  • (01/06) Lectures: Mondays, 2:00 - 2:50 pm, FLMG 154. Lab sections: 5517-011 Tuesdays 12:00 - 3:50 pm, 4517-011 Wednesdays 12:00 - 3:50 pm, 4517-012 Thursdays 12:00 - 3:50 pm. All lab sections meet in ECEE 1B65.

This course is an introduction to analysis, modeling, design, and testing of electrical energy processing systems, in a practical laboratory setting. Included are power electronics converters for efficient utilization of available energy sources, and energy sources including solar panels and the utility. The semester experiments plus final design project involve design, modeling, fabrication, and testing of a solar power system.

The laboratory includes portable photovoltaic systems associated with every lab station, including 85 W PV panels, 56 A-hour batteries, 300 W inverters, and other supporting infrastructure. Associated with these systems, students design and build power conversion electronics, with analog and digital control circuitry.

The course begins with basic experiments in:

The course will then proceed with design experiments in the following areas:

We will participate in the ECEE Department Expo during the morning of May 2. We will have a competition to see which group has built the most efficient and effective system.

ECEN 5517 involves additional work in power converters requiring deeper knowledge and understanding of power electronics.

This course is offered every spring semester. The instructor for Spring 2014 is Prof. Dragan Maksimovic.

Spring 2010 Competition Video

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