Meet HydroFlex PhD Candidates:

Chengjun Tang

Chengjun Tang is a PhD Candidate at the division of Electrical Power Engineering of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. In 2011, he got his bachelor’s degree from Engineering Physics Department of Tsinghua University in China. And after that, he worked as an engineer in a nuclear power plant. In 2018, he completed his M. Sc. in Electrical Power Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology.

His main fields of interest are power electronics and electric drives.

PhD Project: Converter Design for Hydro Turbine

Chengjun Tang conducts research in Task 4.3 under WP4. The main objective is to investigate the energy efficiency of converters for large hydro generation units that also work as pumped hydro storages. To achieve high power levels in the pumped-storage hydro power generation, multilevel converters could be a good choice due to the independence of semiconductor limitations. In addition, the frequent start-stops (up to 30 times per day) of the hydro unit in this project will increase stress on the power electronics. Therefore, reliability analysis and life time estimation of power electronics is an important part in this project as well. 

The study will focus on:

  • Different converter topologies (2-level and multilevel)

  • Converter sizing and main circuit component selection

  • Energy efficiency comparison with respect to different topologies

  • Thermal calculation and cooling strategy analysis

Figure 1: Phase voltage and reference voltage of a 5-level converter

Figure 2: Schematics and physical picture of a 5-level NPC converter at CTH [1]

[1] Mademlis, Georgios, Yujing Liu, and Nima Saadat. “Combined voltage balancing techniques of the DC link in five-level medium voltage NPC back-to-back converters for offshore renewable generation.” 2017 19th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE’17 ECCE Europe). IEEE, 2017.