Global Energy Prize Laureate Frede Blaabjerg: "The Scenario of Large-Scale Introduction of Renewable Energy Sources Will Continue"

Global Energy Prize Laureate Frede Blaabjerg:

Frede Blaabjerg, the Danish energy expert, Professor of the Aalborg University, the Global Energy Prize laureate, gave an online lecture to students of St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI."

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Frede Blaabjerg is an expert in power electronics and the author of a number of inventions in the field of variable speed drive technology. The Danish researcher is the developer of important solutions for the integration of photovoltaic systems and wind turbines into the power grid, which is necessary for the reliable and sustainable functioning of the energy systems in general. He devoted his online lecture for the ETU "LETI" students to the development of the global power industry for transition to large-scale use of renewable energy. The students of three faculties of the university: Industrial Automation and Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and the Institute of Innovative Design and Technological Entrepreneurship, took part.

"Solar power is fully competitive with fossil today, and its costs continue to fall. In 10 years, renewable energy sources will be 100% competitive. Power electronics are enabling the technology." 

Frede Blaabjerg, Professor of the Aalborg University

Today, all technological processes of any production consume energy. The scientist noted that the energy paradigms in many countries (e.g., Germany and Denmark) experienced a significant change from fossil-based resources to clean renewables (e.g., wind turbines and photovoltaics) in the past few decades. Professor noted that some of the most emerging renewable energy sources are changing character as a major part of electricity generation using power electronics.

"More intelligent systems will be introduced to control renewable energy sources, special attention will be paid to the development of large-scale systems and energy storage technologies will be used more and more," Professor Blaabjerg said.

ETU "LETI" students learned about renewable energy in Denmark, the dynamics of solar power plants expansion, the requirements for renewable energy systems. Professor talked about issues like technology development, implementation, power converter technologies, and more intelligence into the control of renewables.

"The open lecture by Professor Blaabjerg, a Global Energy Prize laureate, at ETU "LETI" is a decisive step towards the development of a promising scientific vision of young professionals, the faculty, the ability to work on the front line of research in the field of electrical engineering, power electronics, and new materials, the readiness of the professional community to solve problems of sustainable development."

Natalia Trifonova, Director of the Institute of Innovative Design and Technological Entrepreneurship of ETU "LETI"