Our research on power electronics is underpinning developments across all areas of consumer gadgets, industrial systems, renewable generation, low-carbon transport and power networks.
Achievements include demonstrating an efficient and compact silicon carbide converter for electric vehicle power trains and the invention of DC circuit-breaking concepts.
We are experts in this field and cover all aspects related to power electronics.
Some specific areas we focus on are:
Power dense converters
One of the bottlenecks limiting the development of electric vehicles and more-electric-aircraft is the size and weight of the power electronic equipment. We are devising new power-dense solutions using the latest materials and high-speed control.
Energy harvesters are typically used to supply electricity to remotely located systems from ambient energy sources. Our research covers all areas of energy extraction from cantilever-based vibrations, through piezo-electric converters, to high power waste heat recovery.
Voltage-source HVDC is rapidly emerging as a leading power transmission technology, offering new capabilities and connecting offshore windfarms or interconnecting nations. We are working on a wide variety of operational and planning aspects to bring these systems to fruition.