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EPSRC Reference: EP/K035096/1
Title: Underpinning Power Electronics 2012: Converters Theme
Principal Investigator: Forsyth, Professor A
Other Investigators:
McNeill, Dr N Mitcheson, Professor PD Clare, Professor J
Green, Prof. T Finney, Professor SJ Castellazzi, Dr A
Yuan, Professor X Todd, Dr R Holliday, Dr D
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Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 November 2013 Ends: 31 October 2017 Value (£): 2,018,422
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Electronic Devices & Subsys. Sustainable Energy Networks
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Energy
Electronics Transport Systems and Vehicles
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
27 Feb 2013 Underpinning Power Electronics - 27 February 2013 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Power electronics is a critical enabling technology for a sustainable future, providing a highly efficient means of converting and controlling electrical energy. Its applications cover renewable generation, power transmission and distribution, transport systems, industrial automation and consumer products. To underpin the UK's academic capability in power electronics and to drive forward world-leading advances in the technology, this proposal forms one of four linked programme grant applications which together cover the key areas of Devices, Component Integration, Converters and Drives. The four research themes will be overseen by a coordinating hub, ensuring that the research remains adventurous and well-focused, that there is vigorous and effective inter-theme collaboration, strong industrial engagement and impact. The Converters Theme will focus on two distinct areas of converter technology where the potential exists to make significant gains in performance; the first is in very large scale, high-voltage converters for future power generation and transmission systems, whilst the second is in ultra-compact converters, which are a needed for a wide range of power conversion functions such as on-board vehicles, aircraft, and ships. Increasing the efficiency and extending the voltage / power / overload capability of high voltage converters will make possible the more efficient and reliable delivery of electrical power and enable more effective exploitation of renewable forms of energy. On the other hand, reducing the size of power converters will make possible many low-carbon technology concepts in the transport area such as hybrid / electric vehicles, and the more-electric aircraft and ship.
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