Daniel Westerman Spier

Project 5: Control and design for modular multilevel converters – CINERGIA.

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

Journal publications:
Optimal current reference calculation for MMCs considering converter limitations, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery.

Conference presentations and posters:
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.

ACDC international conference, Coventry (2019).  Network meetings: 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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