Frede Blaabjerg

Frede Blaabjerg
Fields of study
Power electronics
IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award


Frede Blaabjerg’s innovations in applying power electronics for the control and conversion of electric power have increased energy efficiency and provided more reliable connection of renewable energy sources to the power grid. His power converters for wind turbine systems have helped overcome scaling challenges. He also developed module and string inverters for solar photovoltaics that have found industry use. Prof. Blaabjerg’s grid-interfacing techniques include synchronization, smart monitoring, and design and control of filters for improving the quality of power being fed to the grid. His innovations involving adjustable speed drives include techniques for reducing noise in heating and cooling systems and lowering the cost of industrial drives by reducing the sensors needed while still maintaining failure protection.

An IEEE Fellow, Prof. Blaabjerg is a professor with the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. Blaabjerg was the recipient of the 2014 IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award.