Power Electronics refers to the process of controlling the flow of current and voltage and converting it to a form that is suitable for user loads. The most desirable power electronic system is one whose efficiency and reliability is 100%.

Take a look at the following block diagram. It shows the components of a Power Electronic system and how they are interlinked.

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A power electronic system converts electrical energy from one form to another and ensures the following is achieved −

  • Maximum efficiency
  • Maximum reliability
  • Maximum availability
  • Minimum cost
  • Least weight
  • Small size

Applications of Power Electronics are classified into two types − Static Applications and Drive Applications.

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Static Applications

This utilizes moving and/or rotating mechanical parts such as welding, heating, cooling, and electro-plating and DC power.

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Drive Applications

Drive applications have rotating parts such as motors. Examples include compressors, pumps, conveyer belts and air conditioning systems.

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Air Conditioning System

Power electronics is extensively used in air conditioners to control elements such as compressors. A schematic diagram that shows how power electronics is used in air conditioners is shown below.

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