Background and activities

Short Biography:

Emre Kantar received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East University, Ankara, Turkey, in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

From 2010 to 2014, he was with Aselsan, Inc., Ankara, Turkey. During that period, he was working as an R&D engineer at the Department of Electronics Design. 

He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. His research interests include power electronics, power quality, renewable energy, subsea connectors, and high voltage equipment and insulation materials. His main supervisor is Prof. Erling Ildstad.

PhD Project: SUBCONN

The main aim is to examine the practical limitations regarding partial discharge inception and long term electric breakdown strength of interfaces between different insulating components. Effect of surface pressure, roughness, water content as well as magnitude, type and direction of the electric stress will be examined. This project entails, in short;

- Review of theoretical background and models for the electric breakdown of interfaces.

- Relevant experimental test set-up is being manufactured, and the geometry of the test objects are being determined.

- Different parameters such as the degree of surface roughness, temperature, hydrostatic pressure and frequency of the applied voltage are included.

- Performing electric breakdown tests along solid-solid and solid-oil interfaces will take place, hence the effect of the sealing/barrier material on the surface breakdown voltage will also be examined.


Research Interests:

1. Modeling and Analysis of High Voltage Equipment

2. High Voltage Subsea Connectors

3. High Voltage Insulating Materials

4. LCL-type Filter Design for Grid Interface of Power Electronics Converters

5. Grid-Connected Voltage Source Converter Design

6. Power Electronics, Switch Mode Power Supply

7. Modern Control Theory—Continuous and Discrete Time Models


Teaching Assistant:

Current Semester:

Master students


TET 4160- High Voltage Insulation Materials (Fall 2014, 2015, and 2016)

TET 4195- High Voltage Equipment (Spring 2015)


Work Experiences:

1. Part Time Engineer in ASELSAN INC., Ankara, Turkey (2010-2011).

2. Full-time R&D Engineer in ASELSAN INC., Ankara, Turkey (2011-2014).


Publications before 2015:

Kantar Emre, Hava Ahmet M., "Design of Grid-Connected PWM Converters Considering Topology and PWM Methods for Low-Voltage Renewable Energy Applications, " Power Electronics Conference (IPEC-Hiroshima 2014- ECCE- ASIA), 2014 International, vol., no., pp.2034, 2041, 18-21 May 2014.

E. Kantar, S. N. Usluer, and A. M. Hava, "Design and Performance Analysis of a Grid-Connected PWM-VSI System," Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ELECO), 2013 8th International Conf., pp.220-224, Nov. 2013.

E. Kantar, S. N. Usluer, and A. M. Hava, "Control Strategies for Grid Connected PWM-VSI Systems," Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ELECO), 2013 8th International Conf., pp.157-161, Nov. 2013.

S. N. Usluer, E. Kantar, and A. M. Hava, "Evaluation of PWM-VSI Systems Connected to the Grid through LCL Filters, presented at YEKSEM, Kyrenia, Cyprus, Sept. 2013.

M.Sc. Thesis: Design and Control of PWM Converter with LCL Type Filter for Grid Interface of Renewable Energy Systems


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