Chair of Power Electronics

Prof. Dr. Liserre receives the Mittelmann Achievement Award

Nov 28, 2018

On 22 October Prof. Dr. Liserre received the 2018 Mittelmann Achievement Award in recognition of his attainment in development of power electronic systems for distributed generation and power quality improvement. 

The award was given during the banquet of the 2018 IECON in Washington. Congratulations!


The 2018 Mittelmann achievemnt awardgiven to Prof. Dr. Liserre

Mittelmann Award

Dr. Liserre received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Bari Polytechnic, Italy in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Since then he had been Associate Professor at Bari Polytechnic and from 2012 Professor in reliable power electronics at Aalborg University, Denmark. From 2013 he is Full Professor and holds the Chair of Power Electronics at Kiel University (Germany), where he leads a team of more than 20 researchers with cooperation of 20 companies. The team publishes 60 papers every year, 20 of them are in major journals in the field of power electronics and power systems.

     Dr. Liserre’s research interests are in the field of power electronics with specific focus on distributed generation and renewable energy systems, smart grid technologies and reliability. In this field, he has published over 350 technical papers (more than 110 of them in international peer-reviewed journals) and a book on Grid Converters for Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems, IEEE Press-Wiley, which was translated in Chinese. He is listed in ISI Thomson report “The world’s most influential scientific minds” from 2014.

    Dr. Liserre started in 1999 to focus on grid-connected converters addressing power quality and stability problems which became very popular research topics. From 2003, he focussed research on the power converters for photovoltaic and wind turbine systems with particular emphasis on the control issues, publishing an article, which was for several years among the most downloaded from the IEEE Explore. 

In 2010, he joined the Center for Reliable Power Electronics in Aalborg, Denmark, as Professor with managerial responsibility, devoting his attention especially to the methods to increase the lifetime of the power converters by controlling their thermal stress.

    He was awarded in 2013 with an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project “The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer (HEART), a new Heart for the Electric Distribution System” and in 2018 with the ERC Proof of Concept Grant U-HEART. The European Excellence Grants are highly reputed grants in Europe. The project was a great success and it did impulse to research on reliability improvements in power electronics through active thermal control, introducing the concept of power routing in modular power converters e.g. uneven share of power among cells to unload devices with higher consumed lifetime. The project did also focus on multi-winding isolated dc/dc converters and it did demonstrate several control capabilities of the Smart Transformer in the electric grid. In this direction a large Project “LV Engine”, led by a large distributed system operator in Scotland will test Smart Transformers in the field to demonstrate the potential of the technology definitively revamping the interest of power electronics company in the field. The Project has also originated a three days Course for PhD Students and Researchers from Industry which is held annually in February.

    Dr. Liserre is a member of IAS, PELS, PES and IES. He has been serving all these societies in different capacities. He was Chairman of the IEEE-ISIE 2010, Bari, Italy. He served in tens of conferences in different capacities. He has been Associate Editors, Guest Editor and co-Editor of several IEEE Journals, being also the Founding Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine. He has been Vice-president for Publications in the Industrial Electronics Society. He is Senior AdCom member in the IES and AdCom Member-at-Large in PELS. He has received the IES 2009 Early Career Award, the IES 2011 Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, the 2014 Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award, the 2011 Industrial Electronics Magazine best paper award, the Third Prize paper award by the Industrial Power Converter Committee at ECCE 2012, 2012 and the 2017 IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award.



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