The CoMoDES Project – Multilevel Modular Converters for integration into innovative energy contexts of Distributed Generation and Sustainable Electric Mobility – reflects the priorities of the social challenge of safe, clean and efficient energy. In this scenario of change in the electricity grid, one of the specific objectives of the social challenge is represented by “A single intelligent electricity grid”. The consistent development of Distributed Generation, in particular from renewable sources, is causing substantial changes in the architecture of the electricity grids to allow an efficient management and regulation. Conventional transformers, which play a fundamental role on the electricity grids, have functional limitations in a perspective of network operability inspired by the criteria of Smart Grids. Furthermore, the development of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) systems has favored studies aimed at creating a technologically innovative element: the electronic power transformer, PET (Power Electronic Transformer). In this context, the research and development of modular electronic conversion systems for the construction of multilevel modular converters for integration in innovative energy contexts of Distributed Generation and Sustainable Electric Mobility fully responds to the point indicated as a fundamental technology to facilitate the transition towards the concept of smart, reliable and sustainable electricity grids.
In this context, the purpose of the project aimed to offer a technical solution for the conversion, management and control of power flows on the Smart Grid. Innovative systems have been designed and developed, based on modular multilevel architectures and semiconductor switching devices: PET, PFC, and PHEV. Furthermore, all the problems of technology transfer of the developed prototype systems were addressed.
The ambitious goals could not have been achieved in such a short time with a self-financed project given the commitment of financial and human resources required.
The MISE Horizon 2020 call gave the opportunity to create a team with a recognized high-level scientific profile, combined with a forward-looking entrepreneurial attitude of the company.
This has made it possible to make the most of the opportunities offered by the funding received from the European Union without which it would not have been possible to achieve these goals.