Sairaj Dhople

Assistant Professor

Research Area: Energy Systems and Power Electronics

5-115 Keller Hall
612-624-8837
sdhople@umn.edu
http://www.ece.umn.edu/~sdhople/

Area of Expertise:

Power Electronics, Power Systems, Reliability, Control Systems, Renewable Electric Energy Systems

Education:

Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering (Expected: 2012)-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering (2009)-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering (2007)-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Synopsis:

My primary research interests are in modeling, analysis, design, and control of renewable electric energy systems. From a modeling and analysis perspective, the main emphasis is on circuit- and system-level reliability assessment of photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy conversion systems. At the circuit level, this includes developing tools to maximize power-converter reliability; at the system level, this involves quantifying the impact of integrating renewable resources on power-system reliability. With regard to design and control, I am interested in distributed power converters for modular PV energy systems.
A circuits-to-systems approach is essential to ensure the cost effectiveness, reliability, and security of next-generation renewable electric energy systems.

Publications:

S. V. Dhople and A. D. Domínguez-García, “A Parametric Uncertainty Analysis Method for Markov Reliability and Reward Models,” to appear, IEEE Transactions on Reliability.

S. V. Dhople and A. D. Domínguez-García, “Estimation of Photovoltaic System Reliability and Performance Metrics,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 554-563, Feb. 2012.

S. V. Dhople, A. Davoudi, A. D. Domínguez-García, and P. L. Chapman, “Unified Approach to Reliability Assessment of Dc-Dc Converters in Photovoltaic Energy Conversion Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 739-751, Feb. 2012.