The Role of Renewable Energy System in Reshaping the Electrical Grid Scenario

Giampaolo Buticchi, Chi Seng Lam, Xinbo Ruan, Marco Liserre, Davide Barater, Mohamed Benbouzid, Oriol Gomis-Bellmunt, Carlos Paja, Chandan Kumar, Rongwu Zhu

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Renewable Energy Systems have been in the spotlight of the academic and industrial research for more than two decades, thanks to the development of several fields related to the Electrical Engineering. More recently, with the increasing complexity of the individual renewable energy systems and the interconnection to the grid, the scientific panorama has been witnessing to a convergence of different topics, which span across several IEEE-IES thematic areas: power electronics, electrical machines, smart grids, energy storage, transportation electrification and aerospace. After a brief overview of the renewable energy technologies, this work deals with how the convergence of multiple technologies developed to provide marginal support to the grid has evolved into the foundation of the future utility grid and expanded to transportation sector. It will be shown how the design of a renewable energy system cannot prescind anymore from the electrical grid and from the ancillary services that are requested. Example of convergence are given for a smart transformer application and for a transportation application.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9508154
Pages (from-to)451-468
Number of pages18
JournalIEEE Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Photovoltaic
  • maximum power point tracking
  • power electronics
  • storage
  • wind energy conversion systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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