Vehicle Electrical Systems Integration (VESI)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

The urgent need for EV technology is clear. Consequently, this project is concerned with two key issues, namely the cost and power density of the electrical drive system, both of which are key barriers to bringing EVs to the mass market. To address these issues a great deal of underpinning basic research needs to be carried out. Here, we have analysed and divided the problem into 6 key themes and propose to build a number of demonstrators to showcase the advances made in the underlying science and engineering.

We envisage that over the coming decades EVs in one or more variant forms will achieve substantial penetration into European and global automotive markets, particularly for cars and vans. The most significant barrier impeding the commercialisation EVs is currently the cost. Not until cost parity with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles is achieved will it become a seriously viable choice for most consumers. The high cost of EVs is often attributed to the cost of the battery, when in fact the cost of the electrical power train is much higher than that of the ICE vehicle. It is reasonable to assume that that battery technology will improve enormously in response to this massive market opportunity and as a result will cease to be the bottleneck to development as is currently perceived in some quarters. We believe that integration of the electrical systems on an EV will deliver substantial cost reductions to the fledgling EV market
Our focus will therefore be on the two major areas of the electrical drive train that is generic to all types of EVs, the electrical motor and the power electronics. Our drivers will be to reduce cost and increase power density, whilst never losing sight of issues concerning manufacturability for a mass market.

Planned Impact

Our vision is for a power advanced electrical power integration to be realised through an holistic approach involving both scientific through multi-disciplinary collaborations and enhanced understanding of the societal and economic impact on all stakeholders in the EV supply chain. Ultimately this will benefit everyone in the UK.

UK Companies
Reduced costs
Clearer pathways for implementing research outcomes
Enhanced supply chain opportunities
Retirement of CO2 emitting ICE vehicles
Improved Reliability and condition monitoring
Enhanced grid stability
Load managementfor reduction of peak demand
UK Manufacturers
Reduced costs
Increased IP residing in the UK
Increased demand for electric cars and electric vehicle batteries
Increased demand for renewable energy production equipment
Higher power handling capability - new building blocks
Users - Commercial and Domestic
Reduced fuel bills
Enhanced power balancing using EVs as storage Society
Reduced greenhouse emissions and enhanced opportunity for meeting future targets.
Reduced impact on climate change
Reduced potential for power outages
Cleaner urban environment due to enhanced impact of electric vehicles
Academia
New scientific breakthroughs - dissemination through journals and international conferences
Greater supply of and more coordinated approach to training young researchers - this will benefit industry and regulators
UK to become major player in the field, potential for exporting outcomes
Follow-on funding from external bodies ((ETI, TSB, EPSRC)
Enhanced collaborative opportunities
Better opportunities for technology transfer

Organisations

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Advanced 3C SiC technology lead to EU programme in the area
Exploitation Route Industrial collaboration
Sectors Electronics,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

 
Description Strong links with AESIN and the Automotive Propulsion centre (APC)
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Electronics,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description International Energy Agency, Energy Efficient End-use equipment, 4E, Power Electronic Conversion Technology Annex PECTA
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Overall Goal The overall goal of PECTA includes collecting and analysing information about new wide band gap (WBG) based power electronic devices, coordinating internationally acceptable approaches that promote WBG-based power electronics and developing greater understanding and action amongst governments and policy makers. Specific Goals (a) Collecting and analysing information on new WBG-based power electronics as energy efficient technology (b) Share expertise and pool resources on this energy efficient technology (also including e.g. hosting of open forums and building collaborative networks as well as gathering and ex-change information) (c) Coordinating internationally acceptable government approaches that promote WBG-based power electronics. (d) Developing greater understanding and promote government actions that encourage the use of WBG-based power electronics. (e) Accompanying and supporting international standardization public organizations (specifically IEC).
URL https://edna.iea-4e.org/
 
Description "Preparing for the Grand Challenge" feasibility project
Amount £64,260 (GBP)
Organisation Advanced Propulsion Centre 
Sector Private
Country Unknown
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description APC Power Electronics Spoke Feasibility Study
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description Addressing the range anxiety problem: A dual function integrated drivetrain/charger for future EVs
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K035304/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 09/2016
 
Description Advanced Transmission and e-drive for high value hybrid drive vehicles
Amount £471,629 (GBP)
Organisation Advanced Propulsion Centre 
Sector Private
Country Unknown
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2020
 
Description EU H2020
Amount £700,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2021
 
Description Prosperity Partneships
Amount £2,647,483 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R004927/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 10/2021
 
Description Underpinning Power Electronics
Amount £1,200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R004137/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 10/2020
 
Description Underpinning Power Electronics switch optimisation Theme
Amount £1,194,288 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R00448X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description Dynex Semiconductor Ltd 
Organisation Dynex Semiconductor
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Two of Dynex's engineers are being trained in the fabrication of devices using the cleanroom facility at Warwick for a period of 3 months.
Collaborator Contribution Dynex is sponsoring a PhD student at the University of Warwick's power electronics group.
Impact Dynex's engineers will gain expertise and increased knowledge from this experience. This will also advance Dynex and Warwick's long-term collaboration potential.
Start Year 2014
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Allied Vehicles
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Arnold Magnetic Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Continental Automotive UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Dynex Semiconductor
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Fluxsys
Country Belgium 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Hiflux Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation IST Power Products Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Infineon Technologies
Department Infineon Technologies UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Infineon Technologies
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Integrated Magnetics Ltd
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Department Johnson Matthey Catalysts
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Liberty Electrical Cars Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Lyra Electronics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation ML Electronics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Motor Design Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation ProDrive
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Ricardo UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Scorpion Power System Ltd
Country Hong Kong 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Semelab Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Sevcon Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation TATA Steel
Department Tata Motors European Research Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation TRW Automotive
Department TRW Automotive Technical Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Description VESI Industrial Supporters 
Organisation Tirius Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team has a range of power electronics' and electrical machines' expertise and facilities across 10 universities. Together they worked on 6 research themes: semiconductors, design tools, packaging, motors, converters, and passives. The knowledge gained from the research themes fed into the 3 technology demonstrators and it is here where most of the industrial interaction occurred. The universities informed the industrial supporters about the novel, resultant knowledge of the power electronics integrated systems, and the improvements that could be gained from the technology employed.
Collaborator Contribution The industrial supporters attended many of the project's industrial supporters meetings and provided valuable input, as well as learned from the research consortium. Involvement from our industrial partners was key, both in informing the ultimate course of the demonstrator activity based on market and customer needs, and also in resourcing the build and evaluating the outputs.
Impact The three demonstrators are either still being tested or are ready to be taken further, but as yet no further collaboration has been instigated. The researchers' desire is to take the technology demonstrators to higher TRLs through industrial involvement. The three demonstrators are: Integrated Non-Rare-Earth High Performance Drive demonstrator Integrated Power Conversion for Reduced EMI An Integrated On-board Battery Charger using a Highly Integrated Drive and a Nine-phase Machine, with Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Capability
Start Year 2011
 
Company Name The Thinking Pod Innovations Ltd 
Description Advanced pacakaging 
Year Established 2017 
Impact too early
 
Description Annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Power Electronics annual event in July 2016. Held at Nottingham
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Exhibit at trade event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact VESI compact converter exhibited at LCV 2017 conference on APC stand as an example of EPSRC funded research with relevance to automotive sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Final project dissemination 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Final Dissemination event held in the Shard in London March 2016. Guest Speaker Robert Llewellyn (of red dwarf fame and EV evangelist). Attended by over 100 people mainly from the automotive industry. EPSRC attended and so on.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Introductory Power Devices training course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Prof Phil Mawby (University of Warwick and Devices Theme Lead) together with Prof Florin Udrea and Dr Giorgia Longobardi (both University of Cambridge) hosted a free one-day Introductory Power Devices course at the University of Warwick on Friday 5th June 2015. The event was attended by over 60 people keen to learn more about the state-of-the-art of each main type of power device: power MOSFETS, superjunctions, IGBTs, GaN and SiC power electronic devices, their physical properties and performance, as well as their applications, at an introductory level. Industrial representation came from Jaguar Land Rover, Infineon, Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd, Prodrive, and Dynex Semiconductor Ltd. Universities and research centres represented included IMRA Europe, Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Bristol, Newcastle, and Warwick.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Mark Johnson: invited keynote speaker at ICEP 2017 conference, Tendo-City Yamagata Japan, 20-22 April 2017: presentation "Converter-In-Package
Realising the true potential of wide band-gap power electronics" included case study of VESI compact converter
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017