Daniel Westerman Spier

Project: Control and design for modular multilevel converters at CINERGIA (1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021).

Watch his work package 1 short video and read the work package reports.

Journal publications:
Improved current reference calculation for MMCs internal energy balancing control, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery 2021.
Optimal current reference calculation for MMCs considering converter limitations, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery 2020.

Conference presentations and posters:
PowerTech, Madrid, June 2021.
IECON, Lisbon, Oct 2019.
SiMIIER, Brazil, Oct 2019.

PowerPoint video presentations:
Optimal current reference calculation for MMCs considering converter limitations (10 mins) Oct 2020.

Public work:
Virtual lecture to MSc students, Oct 2020.

UPC, Sept – Nov 2020.

ACDC international conference, Coventry (2019).  Network meetings: KU Leuven (2021), Cinergia & UPC (2020), Cardiff University (2020), Elia (2019) and DTU (2019). 

I graduated in electrical engineer from the Federal University of Technology-Parana, Brazil (2017) at which I received three scholarships from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, CNPq – the highest education research organization in Brazil.

In 2014, I joined the Power Lab group at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where I worked with high efficiency modulation strategies for power converters.  In 2015, I joined the Laboratory of Power Electronics, Power Quality and Renewable Energies (LEPQER) at the Federal University of Technology-Parana, where I worked with a novel modulation strategy for DC-DC power converters applied in PV systems.  In 2017, I published two papers in the Brazilian Power Electronics Conference, and was a visiting student at the Grupo de Electrónica Aplicada at the Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina.  My interests are renewable energy, mathematical models and control of power converters.

I joined InnoDC because it is part of a world-renowned research group.  In addition, the topic regarding Modular Multilevel Converters (MMC) is gaining more attention because they can integrate renewable energy sources; I believe this technology will be widely used in the future to improve power system distribution.  Thus, it will be an exciting challenge to work in this area.

I expect to learn from the professors and my co-workers, and be able to help them. Moreover, I wish to meet the expectations of the group, working hard to discover new things.


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