Through the proper configuration of two OZip-DC/DC Intelligent Power Modules, it is possible to transfer energy between two DC power sources with overlapping voltage ranges. In this configuration the DC-DC Converters are connected “back-to-back” such that they share a common, intermediary rail voltage. The following figure illustrates a “Back-to-Back” Buck-Boost DC/DC converter.
Topics: DC/DC Converters
The OZSCR2000 is our latest SCR Firing and Control board offering, built upon the successful OZSCR1000 digital control platform. This second generation controller uses a Texas Instruments Piccolo processor, and provides all the original digital control features, including:
Traditionally, grid energy storage systems (ESS) have been one-off solutions, utilizing proprietary software and hardware components. As such, each installation requires time consuming, custom integration. Often times proprietary vendor hardware or software protocols require "hacks" to get all components to play nice. Ultimately this approach results in higher costs, decreased reliability, and limited scalability and upgrade options.
In remote locations where the traditional utility power grid is inaccessible, standalone microgrids, powered by renewable energies like solar and wind turbines, are playing a crucial role in generating electricity for the local community. In addition to generating power to meet the electricity needs of islands and remote communities across the world, microgrids also see application within conventional power grid locations by helping utilities in times of outages by delivering reliable power to neighborhoods, hospitals and mission critical buildings.
There is no doubt that operating environment has a major effect on the life and reliability of electronic assemblies. Power electronics in particular are perhaps most susceptible to life and reliability degradation, as there are usually several components within the system whose losses all conspire to raise the operating temperature. Losses include switching and conduction losses in semiconductor devices as well as losses in passive components such as magnetics, filter damping resistors, and bus bars.
Topics: thermal management
In our recent blog posts we’ve been discussing specifying and sourcing power electronics in order to help you better understand your needs as well as the various design and manufacturing options available to you. These options range from using an off-the-shelf power conversion system, to designing and building your own power conversion system in-house, or partnering with an outside vendor to handle some combination of custom engineering and product manufacturing.
Topics: Power Conversion
Does developing and manufacturing your own custom power conversion system seem like a good idea that can save your company time and money while helping you retain more control over your end product?
Before you leap headfirst into designing and building your power conversion system in-house, you need to weigh the pros and cons, make sure you have the right resources, and consider the strain it might put on your workforce.
Topics: Power Conversion
Power conversion systems can be challenging to design and build if power electronics is not a core area of expertise for your company. Before you commit to a less-than-ideal, off-the-shelf (OTS) power conversion component or launch into a costly custom power electronics design project, it would be helpful to learn how to effectively evaluate OTS power conversion components to decide what’s right for your application.
Before you start to evaluate OTS power conversion components, it’s important to determine if there are viable commercial or industrial OTS power electronics products available to fit your application. Companies with little or no experience in power electronics often make the mistake of thinking “it’s just a converter or motor drive – how difficult can it be to find something that’ll work?” The answer can often be “surprisingly difficult” if you requirement is unique or specialized.