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Industrial Electronics Magazine, IEEE

Issue 3 • Date Sept. 2013

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  • [Front-cover]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): C1
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  • [Table of contents]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 1
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  • [Staff List]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 1
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  • The success of IES publications [Editor's Column]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 2
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  • IES: Some Success Stories of the Last Two Years [Message from the President]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 4 - 5
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  • Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Generation Plants: Components and Operation

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 6 - 20
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    The main design objective of photovoltaic (PV) systems has been, for a long time, to extract the maximum power from the PV array and inject it into the ac grid. Therefore, the maximum power point tracking (MPPT) of a uniformly irradiated PV array and the maximization of the conversion efficiency have been the main design issues. However, when the PV plant is connected to the grid, special attention has to be paid to the reliability of the system, the power quality, and the implementation of protection and grid synchronization functions. Modern power plants are required to maximize their energy production, requiring suitable control strategies to solve the problems related to the partial shading phenomena and different orientation of the PV modules toward the sun. Moreover, the new policy concerning the injection of reactive power into the grid makes the development of suitable topologies and control algorithms mandatory. A general view of actual solutions for applications of the PV energy systems is presented. This article covers several important issues, including the most reliable models used for simulation, which are useful in the design of control systems, and the MPPT function, particularly in distributed applications. The main topologies used in the PV power processing system and, finally, grid connection aspects are discussed, with emphasis on synchronization, protections, and integration. View full abstract»

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  • Renewable Energy Policies: A Brief Review of the Latest U.S. and E.U. Policies

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 21 - 34
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    The U.S. Government and the European Union have developed policies to promote microgeneration and smart grid initiatives. Many projects and significant developments have been accomplished, although the momentum has just begun. To accelerate the implementation and to include the private sector, the U.S. states and the E.U. countries have developed their policies to improve their share of green and economic energy production. The main policies have guaranteed longterm profits for the private sector and tax credits for individuals to participate. Although incredible, these policies need to be constantly compared and modified to keep the green energy progress on track. Liquidation of the government-supported renewable energy projects and consequences for the expected sustained growth of this sector show that the government subsidies have not generated enough incentives for the private sector to decrease the cost of renewable energy manufacturing and research and development. The timely and rightful intervention of government must create a strong private sector to achieve the steady momentum of growth in technical skills and manufacturing infrastructures. This article provided a brief review of the latest relevant ideas that central and local governments have developed with the hope of creating more unified and stronger policies. View full abstract»

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  • Induction Heating Appliances: Toward More Flexible Cooking Surfaces

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 35 - 47
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    Efficient energy management in residential areas is a key issue in modern energy systems. In this scenario, induction heating (IH) becomes an alternative to classical heating technologies because of its advantages such as efficiency, quickness, safety, and accurate power control. In this article, the design of modern flexible cooking surfaces featuring IH technology is presented. The main advantages and technical challenges are given, and the design of the inductor system and the power electronic converter is detailed. The feasibility of the proposed system is verified through a laboratory prototype. View full abstract»

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  • Agricultural Robotics: Unmanned Robotic Service Units in Agricultural Tasks

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 48 - 58
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    The application of agricultural machinery in precision agriculture has experienced an increase in investment and research due to the use of robotics applications in the machinery design and task executions. Precision autonomous farming is the operation, guidance, and control of autonomous machines to carry out agricultural tasks. It motivates agricultural robotics. It is expected that, in the near future, autonomous vehicles will be at the heart of all precision agriculture applications [1]. The goal of agricultural robotics is more than just the application of robotics technologies to agriculture. Currently, most of the automatic agricultural vehicles used for weed detection, agrochemical dispersal, terrain leveling, irrigation, etc. are manned. An autonomous performance of such vehicles will allow for the continuous supervision of the field, since information regarding the environment can be autonomously acquired, and the vehicle can then perform its task accordingly. View full abstract»

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  • The Alternating Evolution of DC Power Transmission [Historical]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 60 - 63
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    After more than one century of evolution of alternating current (ac) and thanks to the competitive costs of alternators and transformers, today a great majority of electricity is produced, transmitted, and distributed worldwide by means of ac polyphase systems [1], [2]. Nevertheless, about 200 high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems are spread over the world to provide services where they are more convenient than ac systems. Moreover, the number of direct current (dc) systems is increasing, primarily due to the expansion of intermitted renewable energy sources and the inherent need to provide them with storage capabilities and, secondly, because of the enhanced competitiveness of solid-state converters. These two aspects can merge to form visionary concepts such as the energy hub, which fosters medium-voltage direct current transmission. View full abstract»

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  • Icing on the Cake! [Society News]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 64 - 68
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  • Power Electronics and Control Techniques for Maximum Energy Harvesting in Photovoltaic Systems (Femia, N. et al; 2013) [Book News]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 66 - 67
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  • SPICE for Power Electronics and Electric Power, Third Edition (Rashid, M.H.; 2012) [Book News]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 67 - 68
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  • [Calendar]

    Publication Year: 2013 , Page(s): 70
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IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine publishes peer-reviewed articles that present emerging trends and practices in industrial electronics product research and development, key insights, and tutorial surveys in the field of interest to the membership of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

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Editor-in-Chief
Juan J. Rodriguez-Andina, Ph.D.
University of Vigo
Department of Electronic Technology
E.E. Industrial, Campus Universitario