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In the field of renewable energy designing power processing systems characterized by high efficiency (>98%) and reliability (MTBF>20-25 years) remains a challenge. Only when systems exhibit these key features will renewable sources really be competitive with traditional ones.
Even though a number of new topologies and electronic devices have been proposed for improving the converter characteristics , these efforts have fallen short. This is because there has not been a similar evolution in control strategies, where the classical linear approach continues to be applied intensively.
The objective of the this course-which is part of the IEEE eLearning Library Industrial Electronics Series-- is to introduce the basic concept of nonlinear control by focusing on an emergent control technique which can be used for improving the performances of photovoltaic and fuel cell power processing systems.