GaN-based power converters enabling talktive power
Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
GaN power semiconductors with their extremely fast switching characteristics enable not only electrical energy conversion which is almost free from switching losses but also to bridge for the first time two fields which have been developing separately for more than 70 years: energy and information transfer. This contribution will start from the physical characteristics of GaN power semiconductors to show what they allow in power conversion and how they can lead to realize power exchange which also carries information.
Marco Liserre (S'00-M'02-SM'07-F'13) received the MSc and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bari Polytechnic, respectively in 1998 and 2002. He has been Associate Professor at Bari Polytechnic and from 2012 Professor in reliable power electronics at Aalborg University (Denmark). From 2013 he is Full Professor and he holds the Chair of Power Electronics at Kiel University (Germany). He has published 500 technical papers (1/3 of them in international peer-reviewed journals) and a book. These works have received more than 35000 citations. Marco Liserre is listed in ISI Thomson report "The world's most influential scientific minds" from 2014. He has been awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project "The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer (HEART), a new Heart for the Electric Distribution System". He is member of IAS, PELS, PES and IES. He has been serving all these societies in different capacities. He has received the IES 2009 Early Career Award, the IES 2011 Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, the 2014 Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award, the 2011 Industrial Electronics Magazine best paper award and the Third Prize paper award by the Industrial Power Converter Committee at ECCE 2012, 2012, 2017 IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award and the 2018 IEEE-IES Mittelmann Achievement Award.