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School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Power electronics

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.

Research focus

We are experts in this field and cover all aspects related to power electronics.

Some specific areas we focus on are:

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    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.

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    Energy harvesting

    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 icon

    Voltage-source HVDC

    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.