Chapter, 2023

Capacitors for electronic power engineering

In: Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronic Power Engineering, 9780128232118

Publisher: Elsevier

DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-821204-2.00060-x

Contributors (1)

Ebel, Thomas (0000-0001-8473-4471) [1]


  1. [1] University of Southern Denmark
  2. [NORA names: SDU University of Southern Denmark; University; Denmark; Europe, EU; Nordic; OECD]


Capacitors are fundamental electronic passive components and there are nearly everywhere. There are many different capacitors technologies, with different dielectric materials, form factors and terminals and housings available. This short encyclopedic article discuss the main capacitor types which are relevant for power electronic applications. The main types are Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors, Metallized Film Capacitor, Ceramic Capacitors and Supercapacitors. The principal construction, materials and properties and technological limitations are discussed. Further new upcoming trends of new materials and designs are presented.


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