Introduction

Power electronics is nowadays found in almost every system where electricity is used for computing, communication, renewable energy harvesting and transportation. It is an important technology for improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. If you think of microcomputer as the brain in an electronic system then the power electronic converters are the muscles that control the flow of power between batteries, solar cells, the electric grid, electric machines and electromechanical actuators.

 In the Power Electronics group we do research on the hardware and controls of energy conversion systems, often in the context of challenging applications.   Our research focuses on three principal areas:

  • Battery Electronics: Apply power electronics to integrate batteries in systems and extend the lifetime of the battery. Improve reliability by new packaging technologies and EMC immunity solutions.  
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility: Modelling of conducted and radiated electromagnetic interference and power quality due to harmonics. Development of test techniques to achieve immunity on PCB and system level.
  • Energy Access: The theme is small solar systems with battery storage to provide off-grid electric services to 3 billion people living in energy poverty.  Sustainable socio-technical solutions are expected to be scalable, regionally relevant, holistic, and leverage 21st century technologies with exponentially declining prices. 

Programme mentor

prof.dr. J.A. Ferreira (Braham)
Full Professor

Compulsory courses

??? - Energy Conversion: People, Planet, Prosperity (2B)

201900254 - Power Electronic Converters  (1A)

201900255 – Electric Machines and Drives (1B)

191211040 - Electromagnetic Compatibility ( 2A)

??? – Power Electronic Systems (2B)

Electives

201900223 Capita selecta:  Amalgamation external online courses in power electronics

191560671 -Robust Control (2A)

191211110 -Modelling and Simulation (2A)

201500009 - Electric Vehicle System Design (1B)

191210930 -  Measurement Systems for Mechatronics (1A)

201900093 - Control System Design for Mechatronics   (1A)

201900135 - Advanced Semiconductor Device Physics (2A)

201000168 - Embedded Systems Lab (2B)           

191211080 - Systems engineering  (1A)

191210950 - Implementation of Digital Signal Processing (2A)

201700025 - Solar Energy (2A)                  

201600252 - Energy Storage (2A)

201700029 - Energy, Sustainability and Society (2A)

201700365 - Business Models for Sustainable Energy (1A)

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Power Electronics