2nd Faculty Development Programme – Recent Advances in Power Electronics & Drive

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Power Electronics deals with the processing and control of Electrical Power from an Electrical source into the form and quality suitable for a particular Electrical Load. Electricity is the most important commodity. Life seems impossible without Electricity. Electric motors are used in a very big power range, from a few watts to thousands of kilowatts. Many applications require very precise position adjustment (like in robotics). In several applications optimum performance and efficiency are the major concern. Variable speed drive system helps in optimization of process so as to reduce investment cost, operational cost, and maintenance costs. Energy saving is another big advantage of variable speed drive. In all Variable speed drive System power electronic converter work as interface between the input power and the motor. Power Electronics and Drives are very important courses in the curriculum of Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering. Every engineer in the area of Electrical Engineering needs to have a detailed exposure to power Electronics and Drives.


The Faculty Development Program is sponsored by DR. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow, to enhance the quality of classroom delivery of academic programs being run and to foster a better ecosystem for research and innovation at its affiliated institutions. The aim of this FDP is to discuss the fundamentals and recent developments in power electronics and electrical drives. This faculty development programme on topic “Recent Advances in Power Electronics and Drives” has Practical aspects, focuses on upgrading the teaching learning, analysis and research skills about the advances in the theory in various fields of electrical engineering and its practical aspects. This FDP programme will enrich the link between academia and industry and will enhance the
collaboration among them. It also explores the state of the art research issues related to thrust areas like application of power electronics in industrial drive. Power electronics makes up a large part of engineering and has close connections with many areas of physics, chemistry and mechanics. It establishes a rapidly expanding field in electrical engineering and a scope of its technology covers a wide spectrum. The Faculty Development Program is intended:

  • To understand the concepts through illustrations and applications.
  • To train the participants with the teaching methodology.
  • To introduce the subjects in a different perspective and to impart better knowledge and understanding of the subjects.


Power electronics is interdisciplinary in nature and is used in a wide variety of applications, such as a cell phone charger, a personal computer, a microwave oven, an MRI system, a hybrid electric car, or even the electrical grid. The importance of power electronics has grown over the years due to several factors. A few of these are the advent of smart power devices and the increasing global concerns about the effects of environmental pollution. Smart power devices are expected to become ubiquitous and revolutionize the way power is handled. Electric vehicle is currently looked upon as a promising solution to curb urban pollution. Also, to avoid the pollution due to setting up of new power generating stations, power electronics has been called upon to ensure better utilization of existing capacity. The integration of power electronics with renewable energy sources such as solar and wind has a vast potential to meet the energy scarcity. Controlled Electrical Drives can be regarded as the most flexible and efficient source of controlled mechanical Power.Understanding and developing the controlled electrical drive system require a multi-disciplinary knowledge, starting from electrical machine theory through electronic power converter technology to control motion system in electrical drive by various techniques. The focus of the electric drive R&D activity is to develop technologies and designs to reduce the cost and improve the performance in areas where the reliability of power electronics components is much needed. Electric drives control the speed, torque and direction of downstream devices, most typically a motor. Variable frequency drive (VFD) provides speed control for AC motors such as those in conveyors, fans, pumps and shop tools. DC drives provide variable speed control for DC motors, ideas for applications, requiring low speed control, torque and power. Power applications with electronic converters do a lot of difficult work for us. Optimists envision power electronics doing more things for the population. Electronic appliances contribute to a healthier and more comfortable living all over the world.

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