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Panel Session on PEBB Concept in the Industrial Power Electronics Systems

Organized by by Dr. Yuri Khersonsky, Chair IEEE 1662 and P1709 WG ( Co-chair: Mrs. Sharon Beerman-Curtin, ONR Program Manager (

The proposed panel will discuss the application of PEBB concept in the Industrial Power Electronics Systems from points of view of end users, manufacturers, standard organizations, designers and academia.

The Power Electronics Building Block (PEBB) is a broad strategic concept that incorporates progressive integration of power devices, gate drives, and other components into building blocks with defined functionality and interfaces serving multiple applications resulting in reduced cost, losses, weight, size, and engineering effort for the application and maintenance of power electronics systems.

The key advantages of PEBB concept are:

  • Technology insertion and upgrade via standard interfaces
  • Reduced maintenance via plug and play modules
  • Reduced cost via increased product development efficiency
  • Reduced time to market
  • Reduced commissioning cost

Based on functional specifications of power building blocks that relate to the performance requirements of intended applications, the PEBB designer addresses the details of the device stresses, stray inductances and switching speed, losses, thermal management, protection, measurements of required variables, control interfaces, and potential integration issues at all levels. Physics based relationships are essential for the design of power electronics building blocks, unlike in signal electronics applications where a functional definition may be sufficient. Today, modeling and simulation is mostly used as an analysis tool. However, systems with many power electronic components are emerging – driven by the need for power quality, availability, security, and efficiency. Tomorrow’s systems will require a relational and rational design process using modeling and simulation. The model becomes the specification.

The PEBB approach is a win-win for both manufacturers and end-users. For manufacturers, modular equipment enables the design, manufacturing, assembly, testing, shipment and commissioning to be less complicated and less expensive. The end-users benefits include shorter commissioning times, easier maintenance and easier trouble-shooting. From the off-line simulation customers can see the equipments performance and modify it as needed before parts are even ordered. Likewise, the manufacturer gains further confidence that their design is practical and appropriate.

IEEE Industrial Applications and Power Engineering Societies sponsored IEEE working groups to develop PEBB concept IEEE standards. IEEE Std. 1662™-2008 “Guide for the design and application of Power Electronics in Electrical Power Systems on Ships” has been completed. Two new IEEE Std. P1709™ "Recommended Practice for 1 to 35 KV Medium Voltage DC Power Systems on Ships” and IEEE Std. P1676 “Guide for Control Architecture for High Power Electronics (1 MW and Greater) used in Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Systems” will go to balloting in 2010. PEBB based power electronics products are now commercially available from different sources.

Invited panelists are:

  • Dr. Dushan Boroyevich, Director of Center for Power Electronics Systems at Virginia Tech University,
  • Mr. Terry Ericsen, Office of Naval Research Advanced Power Systems Program Manager,
  • Dr, Narain Hingorani, Chair of the Power Engineering Society PEBB Concept working group i8,
  • Prof. Dr. Ing. Dietmar Retzmann, Director Technical Marketing and Innovations HVDC/FACTS, Siemens,
  • Dr. Antonello Monti, Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen (Germany),
  • Dr. Peter Steimer, Vice President of Research, ABB Switzerland,

The invited panellists should submit their contribution at selecting “SS Panel on PEBB”. Only the invited panellists can submit their papers to the Panel.

The instructions for paper preparation are the same as regular papers and they are included in the conference website at


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