IEEE COMPEL 2019 - T. Meynard

17 – 20 June – Toronto, CANADA

Power Design Technologies at IEEE COMPEL 2019

Power Design Technologies was present at the 20th IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics, IEEE COMPEL 2019 taking place in Toronto, 17-20 June 2019.

Thierry Meynard, Directeur de Recherches at the LAPLACE laboratory & Co-founder of Power Design Technologies took part in the plenary sessions organized on June the 17th for a talk about “Multi-Level Conversion: Topologies & Control”.

Thierry Meynard’s presentation on Power Electronics dedicated to “Multilevel Conversion: Emerging Topologies & Control” made at the IEEE COMPEL 2019 is now available!


COMPEL 2019 – Highlights

Description of the plenary talk – MultiLevel Conversion: Topologies and Control


Multilevel converters have been introduced more than 30 years ago to address the challenges of Medium Voltage Drives. Processing typ. 1-10kV, 1-10MW with existing semiconductors requires series connection of several semiconductors, which is not straightforward. This problem opened the way to series multicell converters under various forms. A few years later, interleaved converters regained popularity in the field of Voltage Regulator Modules (1 to 3 V, several hundreds of Amps!…). Because of the huge gap between these two fields of application, it took some time to understand that these two approaches were part of a wider family of topologies; a few years multicell converters in various forms have entered all power conversion fields even those involving more standard voltage and power levels.

Today multicell converters are a wide family of topologies that should be considered for any design if some kind of improvement is desired: efficiency, specific power, speed, etc.  They can even be a good option to reduce cost since it is often possible to match/beat Wide Band Gap – based converter with low cost Si-based converters!…

However, understanding these topologies, selecting or inventing the right one, designing the appropriate control, requires extra effort and knowledge. Facing so many degrees of freedom, the designer may be tempted to stick to standard design, thus missing potential improvements.

We will show that a unified approach is however possible to better understand these topologies, create new ones and understand rapidly how they work and must be controlled.

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Event Presentation


The IEEE Power Electronics Society announces the Twentieth IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics, IEEE COMPEL 2019. This workshop brings together researchers, engineers and students from academia and industry for an interactive discussion on the latest advances in modelling, simulation, analysis and control of power electronic devices, circuits and systems.


• University of Toronto, Canada
• June 17-20, 2019

Watch the Promo Video (provided by Typhoon-HIL)

Workshop Themes

COMPEL 2019 places special emphasis on emerging converter topologies, control methods, and mixed-signal IC design for power electronics. Workshop themes include (but are not limited to):
• Power Electronics Converter Topologies: novel converter topologies, practical implementation challenges and solutions for conventional topologies.
• Control of Power Converters: novel control methods, techniques, and practical implementation.
• Modeling and Simulation: modeling of devices and components in power converter systems including multi-physical modeling and stability analysis.
• Mixed Signal IC design for Power Electronics: on-chip integrated power converters, practical IC implementation of controllers, sensors, and other basic functional blocks for power converters.
• Design, Optimization and Simulation Tools: design methodologies for power electronic converters, multi-objective optimization, hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL), real-time simulation and rapid prototyping
• Passive and active components: novel design and analysis of semiconductor components, inductors, and capacitors.
• Applications: power electronics for emerging applications, including electro mobility, power harvesting, and IoT.
• Education & Innovation: innovative teaching methodologies for power electronics.

IEEE COMPEL 2019 – Location