Platform: Future Technologies in Power Electronics

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Research and Graduate Services

Abstract

To date, the PG has enabled blue-sky and applied research in AC-AC conversion, the latter, in particular, enabling growth of strategic collaborations in the aerospace, RF and energy sectors. Whilst the Group's strategic integration into the international aerospace sector is well advanced, that into the RF and energy sectors is at an early stage; this is because the mass penetration of power electronic conversion in to the respective markets has yet to be realised. The market potential and the opportunities for new partnerships and strategies are discussed in Section 2.Scientifically, the existing PG has enabled the PEMC Group to grow its base-expertise and knowledge transfer potential to span the spectrum of power electronic technologies in which AC-AC and multi-level, multi-cellular topologies are seen as particular solutions dependent on the nature of the application performance specifications. For example, in RF power electronics, all three topologies (and other paradigms) can be applied. The broad aim of the Platform Grant Renewal (PGR) is to provide the manpower base to exploit the Group's increased scientific potential in addressing existing and future challenges in power electronic conversion; and to apply this potential to selected application areas in order to develop new and existing strategic collaborations with industry and institutions, both within the UK and internationally.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Platform Grant: developments include - high power matrix converter with SiC diodes and integrated wholly SiC matric converter, both represented World firsts. New technologies for HV resonant power supplies. New technologies for fault location in marine power systems. New technologies for More Electric Aircraft.
Exploitation Route Platform grant provides for developments in base technologies - being taken forward through collaboration with industry, TSB (Innovate programs) and in follow-on research programmes. Follow-on activities span the transport and energy sectors.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Transport

 
Description PROGRESS AGAINST OBJECTIVES 1. To undertake scientific research relating to environmental, parameter and quality optimisation of PE converter technologies, both generically and application specific as appropriate, and to assess the impact of new developments in devices, packaging, insulation, and heat transfer technologies. Research in this area has led to levered funding from TSB via TULIP - Technologies for Ultra Integrated Power Electronics and DIPEC. Developments under industry funding - high power matrix converter with SiC diodes and integrated wholly SiC matric converter, both represent World firsts. 2. To maintain and develop new standard power electronic and control platforms, based on a modular, building block approach, in order to accelerate project progress and to formalise synergies and commonalities across strategic areas. Standardised control platforms and converter building blocks have been developed and have significantly accelerated research as intended. Control platforms and converter designs/hardware have been shared under agreements with collaborators in Spain, Chile, Malta and the UK (Cardiff) - accelerating the progress of collaborative research through standardisation of hardware/firmware across institutions. Additional funding has been levered through SCARLETT (FP7) and ELGEAR (TSB). 3. To grow research activities in the energy and RF sectors through levered funding, and developing new industrial and institutional collaborations. Research in the RF sector has grown significantly during the Platform period, with new research activities being funded by STFC/DSTL and TSB and industry. Two of the Research Fellows funded under the Platform now work in industrial research in this sector. The Energy portfolio has also seen considerable growth with the Group playing a major role in the "Energy technologies Research Institute" at Nottingham and in winning funding from (£8M) for a new Micro-grid and Renewable Energy Laboratory - this includes £589k (ERDF) for power conversion activities in the new facility. New institutional collaborations (Imperial, Strathclyde, Manchester etc) have recently been formed through the award of "HubNet" under the EPSRC Supergen call and through a bid into the EPSRC "Energy Networks Grand Challenge" call - Nottingham's work in both of these focuses on power electronics and power conversion. 4. To carry out pump-priming projects in new application areas with aim of seed-bedding future strategic growth. Projects in new areas have been established in marine power systems (fault location), micro-grid control, high voltage resonant power supplies and in silicon carbide matrix converters. 5. To provide continuity of technical expertise in order to consolidate the Group's new strategic partnerships within the UK and international aerospace community. The Group in now one of the leading research groups in aerospace electrical systems worldwide - evidenced by continued support from leading airframers, associate status in the EU Clean Sky JTI (£8.5M budget), £5.3M (CIF + ERDF) university award for an "Aerospace Research Instutute", including £2M for an "Aerospace Research Center" to house the PEMC aerospace research and a major share of an EPSRC equipment award (£1.5M) to underpin aerospace reearch at Nottingham. 6. To provide technical assistance in the establishment of a technology transfer arm of the Group's activities funded through DTI and RDA. The Group has established 4 KTPs and one EPSRC KTS in the area of the Platform
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description AREVA T and D Power Electronic Systems (VSC Gen2)
Amount £98,500 (GBP)
Organisation Areva 
Sector Private
Country France
Start 05/2009 
End 09/2011
 
Description AREVA T and D Power Electronic Systems (s-ship)
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Studentship support 
Organisation Areva 
Sector Private
Country France
Start 06/2009 
End 12/2010
 
Description AREVA T and D Power Electronic Systems (s-ship)
Amount £25,600 (GBP)
Organisation Areva 
Sector Private
Country France
Start 03/2007 
End 03/2010
 
Description Alstom Grid Centre of Excellence
Amount £610,000 (GBP)
Organisation Alstom 
Department Alstom Grid
Sector Private
Country France
Start 08/2012 
End 06/2017
 
Description E.On (SuperCapB)
Amount £380,034 (GBP)
Organisation E ON 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 03/2008 
End 03/2012
 
Description E2V Technologies Ltd (Mag PSU)
Amount £14,600 (GBP)
Organisation e2v Technologies 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2010 
End 01/2011
 
Description EPSRC (China)
Amount £121,794 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F063350/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2008 
End 01/2013
 
Description EPSRC (Equip)
Amount £540,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H049746/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2010 
End 03/2010
 
Description EPSRC (Fault ID)
Amount £349,458 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H00419X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2009 
End 09/2012
 
Description EPSRC (Hubnet)
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/I013636/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2011 
End 12/2015
 
Description European Commission (EC) - Scarlett
Amount £183,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ACP7-GA-2008-211439 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2008 
End 04/2012
 
Description European Regional Development Fund
Amount £589,501 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 03/2010 
End 04/2013
 
Description European Union Framework 7 (CS-all)
Amount £8,730,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Clean Sky JTI 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2008 
End 12/2013
 
Description GE Aviation Mechanical Systems (ELGEAR)
Amount £291,200 (GBP)
Funding ID ELGEAR 
Organisation GE Aviation Systems 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 12/2006 
End 11/2011
 
Description IAA (Impact accelerator account) discretionary fund
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K503800/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
End 09/2015
 
Description ITT Monitoring and Control
Amount £213,223 (GBP)
Organisation ITT PRO Services 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 07/2009 
End 05/2011
 
Description Infineon Technologies (SiC)
Amount £86,000 (GBP)
Organisation Infineon Technologies 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 12/2010 
End 06/2011
 
Description KTP Programme Office (Areva)
Amount £159,364 (GBP)
Funding ID KTP7140 
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2009 
End 03/2012
 
Description KTP Programme Office (B and F)
Amount £123,349 (GBP)
Funding ID KTP6572 
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2007 
End 11/2009
 
Description KTP Programme Office (Dynex)
Amount £123,588 (GBP)
Funding ID KTP7347 
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2009 
End 06/2011
 
Description KTP Programme Office (RF)
Amount £130,465 (GBP)
Funding ID KTP7906 
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2008 
End 12/2009
 
Description Ministry of Defence (Cap Charge)
Amount £36,300 (GBP)
Organisation Ministry of Defence (MOD) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2008 
End 02/2009
 
Description Ministry of Defence (Fault Prot)
Amount £491,811 (GBP)
Organisation Ministry of Defence (MOD) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2008 
End 12/2010
 
Description Research Development Fund - Pathways to Impact
Amount £32,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K50354X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2012 
End 03/2013
 
Description STFC Laboratories (Grouped)
Amount £314,473 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/F007655/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2008 
End 09/2011
 
Description TMD Technologies Ltd (AFE)
Amount £93,000 (GBP)
Organisation TMD Technologies Limited 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2007 
End 11/2009
 
Description TMD Technologies Ltd (Foster)
Amount £24,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Studentship support 
Organisation TMD Technologies Limited 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2009 
End 08/2012
 
Description Technology Strategy Board (Active Stat)
Amount £554,640 (GBP)
Funding ID H0265K 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2006 
End 05/2011
 
Description Technology Strategy Board (Downhole)
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Funding ID H0093G 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2008 
End 10/2008
 
Description Technology Strategy Board (Hippos)
Amount £213,168 (GBP)
Funding ID H0056A 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2006 
End 12/2009
 
Description Technology Strategy Board (Tulip)
Amount £467,823 (GBP)
Funding ID H0521B 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2009 
End 01/2012