Robert M. Cuzner

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AC microgrids are a convenient approach to integrating distributed energy systems with utility power systems. On the other hand, DC micro-grids can lead to more efficient integration of distributed generation. They are the preferred topology for present shipboard, aircraft and automotive power systems and hold promise for future environmentally friendly(More)
Community DC microgrid is considered as an efficient solution for providing clean energy for residential areas. Connection of the DC microgrid to the AC utility grid would need a power electronic based rectifier. Voltage Source Rectifier (VSR) and Current Source Rectifier (CSR) are considered as the two options for such application. This study compares the(More)
The benefits of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) have not been fully realized in many applications because they compete in the power density of legacy equipment, such as electromechanical motor controllers. This is particularly the case in Navy shipboard systems where sensitive equipment is in close proximity to VFDs. This paper compares the power(More)
A community DC microgrid is proposed that is embedded within an urban neighborhood in an underserved community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This community microgrid will be a proving ground for residential DC power distribution and sharing of renewable energy resources between homes. The system will be built into existing homes that have been vacated as a(More)
This paper identifies the characteristics of a current source inverter operating in discontinuous conduction mode, and proposes a new multiobjective pulse-width modulation (PWM) method to mitigate voltage boosting and harmonic distortion effects. The method takes into account load impedance effects. Controls are also developed to enable transition between(More)
Although the operation of a three-phase current source rectifier (CSR) for ac-to-dc conversion using phase control or low-frequency pulse control is well established in a wide variety of applications, CSR realization using high-frequency pulsewidth-modulation control has been recently studied as a potentially competitive alternative to a voltage source(More)
A brief historical overview of the conversion from mechanical systems to electrical systems at low power levels is presented to gain an understanding of what is occurring at multiple megawatt (MW) power levels in industry. An overview of drive technologies as they apply to multiple MW power levels is presented to assist an application engineer in applying(More)
The opportunities for both power density and efficiency improvements of photovoltaic (PV) inverter have come with the development of commercially available wide bandgap (WBG) devices such as Gallium Nitride (GaN), and Silicon Carbide (SiC). The focus of this paper is to demonstrate a methodology for achieving a minimum volume of the differential and common(More)
The motivation toward the application of DC microgrids is increasing as a result of the increasing number of electronic loads. DC microgrids decreases the number of conversions, avoids the voltage harmonics and reactive power associated with AC microgrids, is a lower cost solution and is capability of supplying a high quality voltage to sensitive dc loads.(More)