On August 14, 2003, a huge blackout took hold of the Northeastern United States. Rural areas, suburban towns, and entire dense metropolitan areas were thrown into darkness, eventually reaching more than 50 million people. Once the lights came back on, power operators discovered that the massive event had been caused by a single generator plant in Ohio.
The systems and machines of our world depend on power electronics for the ability to run efficiently and sustainably. Power electronics is the application of solid-state electronics for the control and conversion of electric power. It applies to both the systems and products involved in converting and controlling the flow of electrical energy, allowing the electricity needed for everyday products to be delivered with maximum efficiency in the smallest and lightest package.
Although the move to renewable energy sources has been relatively slow in the past, the pace of alternative energy generation continues to grow.