Underpinning Power Electronics 2012: Hub

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Faculty of Engineering

Abstract

Power electronics and electrical machines are key components in a low-carbon future, enabling energy-efficient conversion and control solutions for a wide variety of energy and transportation applications. The strength of the UK manufacturing base and its strategic importance to the UK was highlighted in the UK government strategy document "Power Electronics: A Strategy for Success" (UK government Department for Business Innovation and Skills, October 2011). This calls for concerted action across the industrial and academic communities to ensure that the full potential of this growing global market can be realised for the UK economy. Specific recommendations relevant to the UK academic community include: 1) the development of a co-ordinated strategy for postgraduate training; 2) support for research focussing on underpinning the core technology areas whilst ensuring that the national capability in Power Electronics remains internationally leading; 3) establishment of a Virtual Centre linking world-class UK universities with each other and with industry.
A core team including the universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Greenwich, Imperial College, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Strathclyde and Warwick, has been formed to develop this proposal for a UK Virtual Centre. Our vision is that the Centre will be the UK's internationally recognised provider of world-leading, underpinning power electronics research, combining the UK's best academic talent. It will focus on sustaining and growing power electronics in the UK by delivering transformative and exploitable new technologies, highly skilled people and by providing long-term strategic value to the UK power electronics industry.
Centre activities will be divided into three main strands: research, community and pathways to impact. Our research activities will bring together the leading academic research groups from across the UK to address key research challenges, build critical mass and develop a widely recognised internationally leading research capability. We will develop a UK research strategy for power electronics which will build on foresight activities to inform our research direction. Our community support activities will build capacity through the training of researchers at doctoral and postdoctoral level. We will extend our research funding to the broader community through themed calls for pump priming, strategic support and feasibility projects. In addition we will support and coordinate responses to major initiatives from national and international funding bodies. Pathways to impact will include: 1) the establishment and development of the Centre brand and communication mechanisms, 2) the development and implementation of an exploitation plan which benefits UK industry, 3) support for government policy development and 4) the development of collaborative links with key power electronic research teams around the world.
The Centre programme focuses on fundamental power electronics research at low technology readiness level (TRL) and hence supports a wide range of application areas with a medium to long-term time horizon. Key challenges to be addressed are: increased efficiency, increased power density, increased robustness, lower electromagnetic interference (EMI), higher levels of integration and lower through life cost. The work programme is split into four high-level themes of Devices, Components, Converters and Drives, each of which will address the key challenges, supported by a coordinating Hub. The themes will deliver the majority of the technical output of the Centre.

Planned Impact

The beneficiaries will include the academic and industrial members of the Centre, their host organisations, the broader scientific and industrial power electronic communities, the power electronics skills base and society in general. Many systems can be enhanced through the incorporation of optimised power electronics, with accompanying gains in commercial competitiveness and environmental performance. Key application areas addressed by the Centre and its demonstrators will include power electronics for transport (aerospace, automotive, rail), energy systems (renewables, transmission and distribution) and extreme environments (aerospace, down-well). Other applications that are dependent on power electronics systems will also benefit including areas associated with the digital economy and healthcare.

Timely application of power electronics technology will enable and accelerate the development and adoption of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly technologies. In the transport sector, gaseous emissions and fossil fuel usage will be reduced, lower noise emissions will result and reliability will be enhanced, yielding direct environmental and economic benefits. In mass rail transport, integrated power electronics will permit weight reduction and yield improved safety and reliability. In the energy sector, major opportunities will be presented for power electronics in power quality control, in the renewable energy system market, in the emerging "smart grid", and in the consumer appliances sector.

UK-based technology and manufacturing capability is currently very strong in the power electronics sector. It is arguably one of the few areas in the electronics industry where the UK is internationally competitive across the whole supply chain (power device die, packaging, power modules, converters and drive systems). In addition, many power electronic systems are application specific, highly customised and tend to have a relatively high added value. They are therefore well suited to a technologically advanced manufacturing base and can absorb the relatively high UK labour costs.

In the short term (3-6 years), the knowledge gained from research activities supported by the Centre will underpin and supplement applications-led activities supported through related research programmes at TRL 4-6. In the longer term (6-15 years) the introduction of dramatically enhanced power electronic technologies will be of direct benefit to across the UK power electronics supply chain, leading directly to wealth creation with job protection and growth. Manufacturers of power electronic modules and systems stand to gain early benefit through expanded material/processing knowledge, an extended capability in high reliability packaging and integration and greater understanding of system interactions. Improved design methodologies, life tests and standards will facilitate the design/product qualification process resulting in shorter time to market. Power electronic system providers will benefit from early access to enhanced integration technologies and design methodology giving them a competitive advantage.

The publicity generated by the project will raise public awareness of the role of power electronics and of engineering in general in society and contribute to future growth in students pursuing careers in science and engineering. Ultimately, the broader benefits to society will include improvements to the quality of life derived directly from the improved efficiency, flexibility and reliability of power electronics and indirectly from a reduced reliance on fossil fuels.

Organisations

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Underpinning research supporting power electronics across application sectors including energy, transport, consumer products and industrial drives.
Exploitation Route Further applications-focused research
Knowledge transfer into industry, other research organisations
Trained personnel embedded in industry/academia
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Transport

URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk
 
Description We are actively seeking to promote technology translation of outputs from the Centre. A number of industry-university consultations have taken place and projects have been initiated.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Transport
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Automotive Council Power Electronics Roadmap 2017
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.apcuk.co.uk/technology-roadmaps/
 
Description IEE Heterogeneous Integration Roadmap
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Power Electronics UK White Paper Consultation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description IGBT Health Management
Amount ¥1,700,000 (CNY)
Organisation CRRC Corporation Limited 
Sector Private
Country China
Start 07/2016 
End 09/2017
 
Description Multi-Domain Virtual Prototyping Techniques for Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics
Amount £1,079,258 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R004390/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 08/2020
 
Description Network grant
Amount £843,022 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P00136X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 06/2019
 
Description Reliability, Condition Monitoring and Health Management Technologies for WBG Power Modules
Amount £1,200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R004366/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 10/2020
 
Description Advanced Propulsion Centre: Thematic Spoke in Power Electronics 
Organisation Apical
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Nottingham is the spoke coordinator for power electronics within the APC
Collaborator Contribution Event organisation, community coordination, strategy/roadmap development, consortium building
Impact Launch event held 16/2/16
Start Year 2015
 
Description Anvil Semiconductors Ltd collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "A Robust, Compact, High-Efficient, Soft-Switched AC-Chopper for Smart Residential Distribution Network using SiC Power Electronics" 
Organisation Anvil Semiconductors
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution 3C-SiC MOSFETS
Collaborator Contribution 3C-SiC MOSFETS
Impact Knowledge Transfer
Start Year 2018
 
Description Baker Hughes collaborating with CPE-funded feasibility study "Structural and Functional Integration of Power Electronics for Harsh Environments" 
Organisation Baker Hughes
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaborative work, access to research.
Collaborator Contribution Staff time to support the research project
Impact Technical support and advice in the form of contribution at meetings and introductions to the Baker Hughes Research Centre in Celle, Germany
Start Year 2015
 
Description Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "Compact and efficient off-line LED drivers using 800V lateral IGBTs and chip-on-board assembly" 
Organisation Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaborative research and access to research
Collaborator Contribution Provision of IGBT dies and packages used in the research/ Staff time to support the project
Impact Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd promised to offer area in MPW batches run at the UHV foundry along with their designs. However, the UHV foundry has stopped the relevant process due to business reasons and Cambridge Microelectronics is providing already available dies from their previous designs to be used as samples in this project
Start Year 2016
 
Description Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "Compact and efficient off-line LED drivers using 800V lateral IGBTs and chip-on-board assembly" 
Organisation Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Equipment, Materials and Facilities
Collaborator Contribution Technical Support in design and layout. Establishing contacts and sharing experience/know-how
Impact Ongoing collaboration
Start Year 2016
 
Description Converter Technology 
Organisation Converter Technology
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Hosted stand at conference
Collaborator Contribution Exhibited at CPE annual conference on 1st July 2014 Exhibited at joint CPE/NMI industry-focussed event on 2nd July 2014
Impact Exhibited at CPE annual conference on 1st July 2014 Exhibited at joint CPE/NMI industry-focussed event on 2nd July 2014
Start Year 2013
 
Description Dynex Semiconductor Ltd 
Organisation Dynex Semiconductor
Department Research and Development Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution xxxx
Collaborator Contribution Materials/devices, testing and attendance at meetings of the CPE funded project: A new packaging structure of power module with integrated substrate and heat sink"
Impact Still ongoing so no outputs outside of research results to date
Start Year 2016
 
Description Electrical Power Systems National Technical Committee (EPS NTC) 
Organisation Electrical Power Systems National Technical Committee (EPS NTC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Representation on national technical committee
Collaborator Contribution The CPE ILO represents the Centre on this aerospace technical committee
Impact Strategy setting for research priorities in aerospace power systems.
Start Year 2013
 
Description Fabrinet UK collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "A Robust, Compact, High-Efficient, Soft-Switched AC-Chopper for Smart Residential Distribution Network using SiC Power Electronics" 
Organisation Fabrinet UK
PI Contribution PEC Prototype
Collaborator Contribution PEC Prototype
Impact Prototype and knowledge transfer
Start Year 2018
 
Description Goodrich Actuation Systems Limited 
Organisation UTC Aerospace Systems
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Access to research projects
Collaborator Contribution Has provided a specification for the demonstrators in the Drives Theme and is interested in supporting the provision of greater industrial input to the programme
Impact Has provided a specification for the demonstrators in the Drives Theme
Start Year 2013
 
Description Harvard Engineering collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "Compact and efficient off-line LED drivers using 800V lateral IGBTs and chip-on-board assembly" 
Organisation Harvard University
Department School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Access to research
Collaborator Contribution Staff time to support the project
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2016
 
Description KTN 
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Co-hosting of researcher days.
Collaborator Contribution KTN represented on CPE SG
Impact Input into the research direction of CPE via the SG Jointly hosted researcher event on 15th May 2014
Start Year 2013
 
Description MDL Technologies 
Organisation MDL Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Hosted stand at conference
Collaborator Contribution Exhibited at joint CPE/NMI industry-focussed event on 2nd July 2014
Impact Exhibited at joint CPE/NMI industry-focussed event on 2nd July 2014
Start Year 2013
 
Description MacTaggart Scott Ltd collaboration with CPE-funded feasibility study "Structural and Functional Integration of Power Electronics for Harsh Environments" 
Organisation MacTaggart Scott Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaborative work and access to research
Collaborator Contribution Staff time to support the project
Impact Technical support through contribution at meetings and the addition of the KTP associate sponsored by MacTaggart Scott through a partnership with Heriot-Watt University
Start Year 2015
 
Description Mentor Graphics 
Organisation Mentor Graphics
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Co-hosted open day at University of Nottingham on 16th October 2014
Collaborator Contribution Exhibited at joint CPE/NMI industry-focussed event on 2nd July 2014
Impact Co-hosted open day at University of Nottingham on 16th October 2014 Exhibited at joint CPE/NMI industry-focussed event on 2nd July 2014
Start Year 2013
 
Description NMI 
Organisation Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Co-hosting of workshops and technical seminars.
Collaborator Contribution NMI represented on CPE SG
Impact Jointly hosted events held on 2nd July 2013 and 2nd July 2014 Input to the CPE SG
Start Year 2013
 
Description PowerElectronics UK 
Organisation PowerElectronics UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Johnson and Mawby are members of the Powerelectronics UK Industrial Leadership Group.
Collaborator Contribution Strategy setting for research priorities and for future skills in PE. Powerelectronics UK represented on CPE SG.
Impact Input from the PE community to the direction of CPE via the SG
Start Year 2013
 
Description Schneider Electric collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "A Robust, Compact, High-Efficient, Soft-Switched AC-Chopper for Smart Residential Distribution Network using SiC Power Electronics" 
Organisation Schneider Electric Ltd UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Meetings
Collaborator Contribution Meetings
Impact Knowledge Transfer
Start Year 2018
 
Description Shanghai Institute of Ceramics collaboration with CPE-funded project "A new packaging structure of power module with integrated substrate and heat sink" 
Organisation Shanghai Institute of Ceramics
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration and access to research
Collaborator Contribution use of facilities and staff time to fabricate samples used in the project
Impact Ongoing
Start Year 2016
 
Description Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "A new packaging structure of power module with integrated substrate and heat sink" 
Organisation Shanghai Institute of Ceramics
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sample specification
Collaborator Contribution High vacuum furnace for sintering and bonding of silicon carbide and silicon nitride ceramics, preparation of silicon nitride ceramic-based planar interconnect structure and silicon carbide coolers. The first version of the silicon carbide cooler have been provided and tested while a modified second version of the silicon carbide cooler is still in preparation.
Impact Hui Zhang, Jianfeng Li, Jingru Dai, Martin Corfield, Xuejian Liu, Zhengren Huang, and Christopher Mark Johnson, Improved Reliability of Planar Power Interconnect with Ceramic-based Structure, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 175-187, March 2018. Jianfeng Li, Xi Lin, Jingru Dai, Bassem Mouawad, C Mark Johnson, Hui Zhang, Xuejian Liu, Zhengren Huang. Thermal and thermo-mechanical design of an integrated substrate and heat sink for planar power module, in Proceedings of CIPS 2018, 10th International Conference on Integrated Power Electronics Systems, 20-22 March, 2018, Stuutgart, Germany.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Synopsis 
Organisation Synopsys Inc.
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Hosted stand at conference
Collaborator Contribution Exhibited at joint CPE/NMI industry-focussed event on 2nd July 2014
Impact Exhibited at joint CPE/NMI industry-focussed event on 2nd July 2014
Start Year 2013
 
Description Texas Instruments collaboration with CPE-funded feasibility study "Patterned Magnetic Cores (PaMaCore) for Efficient Power Devices" 
Organisation Texas Instruments Inc.
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration and access to research
Collaborator Contribution Contribution to cleanroom costs. Staff time to support EngD student
Impact Ongoing collaboration
Start Year 2015
 
Description Turbo Power Systems collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "A Robust, Compact, High-Efficient, Soft-Switched AC-Chopper for Smart Residential Distribution Network using SiC Power Electronics" 
Organisation Turbo Power Systems
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution N/a
Collaborator Contribution 0.5 Person/month
Impact Knowledge Transfer
Start Year 2018
 
Description University of Warwick collaboration with CPE-funded project "A Heterogeneous Plafform for GaN Power Electronics (HET-GaN)" 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department University of Warwick Research Students Skills Programme
Country Unknown 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution HEtGaN
Collaborator Contribution Warwick facilities for CVD growth of Silicon on c axis sapphire and characterisation of samples was undertaken via subcontract from HETGaN.
Impact This collaboration lef to exploration of growth of silicon on c-axis sapphire via CVD as an alternative to wafer bonding. The approach led to narrowing down on conditions for maximising the growth of <111> silicon on c-axis sapphire, and identification of the causes of polycrystalline growth via CVD.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Western Power Distribution collaboration with CPE-funded cross-cutting project "A Robust, Compact, High-Efficient, Soft-Switched AC-Chopper for Smart Residential Distribution Network using SiC Power Electronics" 
Organisation Western Power Distribution
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Meetings
Collaborator Contribution Meetings
Impact Knowledge Transfer
Start Year 2018
 
Description Xradia 
Organisation Carl Zeiss AG
Department Carl Zeiss X-ray Microscopy
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Co-hosted open day at University of Nottingham, 1st May 2014
Collaborator Contribution Co-hosted open day at University of Nottingham, 1st May 2014
Impact Open day at University of Nottingham, 1st May 2014
Start Year 2013
 
Title Thermal Model for PE Converters - Software for optimisation of power converters 
Description Software for optimisation of power converters. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact Alpha release to project partners for testing and possible commercial development. Public release of all or part of software under academic license. 
 
Description Annual Conference 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Brought together members of the PE community from industry, academia and elsewhere.
Allowed PGRs to showcase their research activities to a broad PE audience
Promoted the role of CPE and the research being carried out within our Themes


Increased registrations to the CPE contacts database
Increased queries about how to engage with the Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description C Liu: Diffusion barrier effect of Ni-W-P and Ni-Fe UBMs during high temperature storage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact C Liu, PI for the CPE-funded project "Novel under-bump metallisation to enable low cost Pb-free solder interconnects for power electronics" gave a presentation at the Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC), Florida in May-June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description C Liu: Interfacial reaction and microstructural evolution between Au-Ge solder and electroless Ni-W-P metallisation in high temperature electronics interconnects" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact C Liu, PI for the CPE-funded project "Novel under-bump metallisation to enable low cost Pb-free solder interconnects for power electronics" gave a presentation at the Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC), Florida in May-June 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CPE Annual Conference 2015 
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 Annual community conference including delegates from academic and industrial backgrounds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description CPE Annual Conference 2016 
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 Annual conference of the Centre for Power Electronics, aimed at disseminating research findings and providing networking opportunities for the PE academic and industrial communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description CPE Annual Conference 2017 
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 Annual conference of the Centre for Power Electronics, aimed at disseminating research findings and providing networking opportunities for the PE academic and industrial communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CPE Annual Conference 2018 
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 Dissemination of information on project "A Robust Compact, High-Efficient, Soft-Switched AC-Chopper for Smart Residential Distribution Network using SiC Power Electronics"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CPE-funded Early Career Researcher - presentation of results [Range Anxiety] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation of results from the CPE-funded Early Career Researchers Project: Addressing the range anxiety problem: a dual function integrated drive train/charger for future EVs. Preliminary results from the project were presented orally to the VESI consortium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description CPE-funded Early Career researcher - presentation of results [Range Anxiety] 
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 Poster presentation of final results. The presentation was made to a targeted group of industrial audience who might be interested in furthering the considered technology. The desired performance levels have been met and positive feedback from the industrial partners on the VESI project has been received. Further negotiations will indicate if the technology will be taken to higher technology readiness and manufacturability levels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Cheltenham Science Festival 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Centre hosted a stand at the Cheltenham Science Festival on 7th -12th June, which was targeted mainly at school children and families, and sponsored 2 events: "What's in an electric car" with Robert Llewellyn and Mark Johnson and "Updating the Grid: Integrating Renewable Energy" with Tim Green, Carl Barker and Juliet Davenport.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Devices Training Course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop on power semiconductor devices and applications.
Participants gained training in theory, simulation and application of advanced power semiconductors.
Stimulated new discussions regarding potential collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description ECPE Wide bandgap devices [CPE-funded cross cutting project "Compact and efficient off-line LED drivers using 800V lateral IGBTs and chip-on-board assembly" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Provided advice and guidance to the ECPE Board on WBG related issues. conducted workshops and seminars aimed at policy level decision makers in EU power electronics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description IEEE Heterogeneous Integration roadmap [CPE-funded cross cutting project "Compact and efficient off-line LED drivers using 800V lateral IGBTs and chip-on-board assembly"] 
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 Ongoing input to roadmapping exercise for Heterogeneous Integration. Working with modellers in electronic packaging (industry and academia) to identify major challenges for simulation tools in electronic packaging
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description ISCF Transforming Construction: Manufacturing Better Buildings 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Grant proposal
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description L. Alatise - Workshop on Condition Monitoring 
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 Workshop on Condition and Health Monitoring - Thermal Effects in Power Devices
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Low Carbon Networks and Innovation Conference 
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 There was a large mix of background from the attendees and consequently our engagement with the visitors covered a large range of power electronics, from a broad overview to those who work in oil and gas, to the nitty gritty with the R&D teams in DNOs. Visitors to stand gained an overview of the activities of the Centre

None to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description M Foster: Electrolytic capacitor age estimation using PRBS-based techniques 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact M Foster, PI for the CPE-funded project "On-line passive component thermal modelling in integrated drives" gave a talk at the PCIM (Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion), Nuremberg in May 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description M Foster: Electrolytic capacitor age estimation using PRBS-based techniques for the development of a prognostic system 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact M Foster, PI for the CPE-funded project "On-line passive component thermal modelling in integrated drives" presented a poster at the IET PEMD, Glasgow in April 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description M Foster: Measurement of electrical parameters of electrolytic capacitors using real-world drive waveforms for state-of-health determination 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact M Foster, PI for the CPE-funded project "On-line passive component thermal modelling in integrated drives" gave a talk at IWIS 2016 - IEEE International Workshop on Impedance Spectroscopty, Chemnitz in September 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description M Foster: Observation of electrolytic capacitor ageing behaviour for the purpose of prognostics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact M Foster, PI for the CPE-funded project "On-line passive component thermal modelling in integrated drives" gave a talk at IECON, Florence in October 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description M Foster: Observations on changes to electrolytic capacitor electrical properties caused by gamma irradiation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact M Foster, PI for the CPE-funded project "On-line passive component thermal modelling in integrated drives" gave a talk at IWIS 2016 - IEEE International Workshop on Impedance Spectroscopty, Chemnitz in September 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Mentor Graphics Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 5th April 2016 at the University of Nottingham, a 1 day seminar was held in conjunction with Mentor Graphics on "Power Electronics - Thermal Characterisation and Reliability".

The presentations from the day included

Reliability Prognostics and Health Management

Reliability Testing of Power Devices

Modelling Reliability of PE Modules

Rapid Assessment of Power Module Reliability
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description NMI industry-focussed event "More electric transport" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Participants informed about more electric transport

None to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description New Scientist Live 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Centre hosted a stand at New Scientist Live at Excel in London from 22nd-25th September. Feedback has been extremely positive. A panel discussion with Jon Clare, Paul Mitcheson, Jeremiah Johnson and Robert Llewellyn attracted an audience of over 450.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description On-Line Passive Component Thermal Modelling in Integrated Drives - Meeting with Denchi Power Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Denchi Power Ltd to discuss ongoing research on energy conversion inc. prognostics for power electronic system
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description On-Line Passive Component Thermal Modelling in Integrated Drives - REPS 2015 Workshop 
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 REPS 2015: Recovering of Energy Storage and Propulsion Systems. Open workshop on processing end-of-life power electronics systems, electrical machines and energy storage systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description On-Line Passive Component Thermal Modelling in Integrated Drives - UK-Turkey Year of Science and Innovation 2015-16 Meeting 
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 A meeting to discuss energy research opportunity between UK and Turkey
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description P Igic: Understanding Magnetic Sensitive (MS) Smart-Power Integrated Circuit (ICs) Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact P Igic, PI for the CPE-funded project "M+POWER: Magnetic field controlled switching device for power IC Technology" gave a presentation at the World Congress on Advanced Materials WCAM-2016, Chongqing, China in June 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description PE Long Term Strategy Research Workshop 
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 The workshop took place at the Advanced Propulsion Centre based at Warwick University, with the aim to provide input into the Challenge Network Strategy and inform future Automotive Council road maps by identifying and prioritising the long-term research challenges for automotive power electronics. The workshop targeted technologies at low technology readiness level (TRL 1-3) and timescales to commercial maturity in excess of 5 years.

Expected outputs:
Contributions to the research strategy for the Challenge Network and EPSRC
Contributions to future Automotive Council road maps
Input to help steer the development of topics for future funding applications to EPSRC, notably through a sandpit event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description PG Summer School 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Brings together PGRs from around the UK together with industrial representatives in a 2-day event focused on dissemination and training.
Events included a poster competition, talks on career development and an industry exhibition.
Outcomes: training benefits for PGRs, enhanced links with industry, potential employment opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description PG Summer School 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Brings together PGRs from around the UK together with industrial representatives in an event focused on dissemination and training. Events included a poster competition, talks on the future of power electronics and leadership skills.

Outcomes: training benefits for PGRs, enhanced links with industry, potential employment opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description PG Summer School 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Brings together PGRs from around the UK together with industrial representatives in an event focused on dissemination and training. Events included a poster competition, talks on the future of power electronics and leadership skills. Outcomes: training benefits for PGRs, enhanced links with industry, potential employment opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description PGR Summer School 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Video footage of PGR interviews available via CPE webpages
Poster competition for PGRs. More than 20 entries displayed to the annual conference audience.
Participants informed about activities across the Centre and had opportunities for networking

None to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description Power Electronics - Thermal Characterisation and Reliability 
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 Training for engineers interested in thermal characterisation and reliability of power electronics.
Extended contacts database and new enquiries regarding research collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/events.aspx
 
Description Power Electronics - Thermal Characterisation and Reliability Workshop 
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 Participants informed about thermal and reliability chracterisation

Increased interest from potential users and collaborators
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Power Electronics Spoke Launch Event 
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 The event provided a unique opportunity to:
•Find out about technical challenges in automotive power electronics.
•Discover more about the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and funding opportunities.
•Establish new connections in the power electronics community.
•Showcase any technology solutions.
•Make a pitch about research projects to the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description Reliability Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The University of Warwick hosted a 2 day workshop on the topic of Reliability of Power Semiconductor Modules. Industrial and academic experts were invited to give lectures focused on the reliability of power electronics at the device, packaging/module, converter and system levels. The workshop also included presentations and hands-on demonstration by various software companies to use different software to assist reliability prediction studies. Participating companies included Wilde Analysis who demonstrated the use of Reliasoft software for reliability prediction at the design stage and Comsol Limited who showed the application of Comsol Multiphysics software for physics-of-failure modelling studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description Science Museum showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A team of experts from the Centre partner universities were present throughout the 3 days and over 6,000 people looked at the exhibit, with an additional 1,800 stopping to discuss the technology with an expert. This attendance was well in excess of the normal figures for such an event.

Visitors to stand gained an overview of the importance of power electronics to the power and transport sectors.

None to date
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.powerelectronics.ac.uk/power-electronics/events/pastevents.aspx
 
Description Showcase on the application of 3D x-ray tomography to the characterisation of power electronics components. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Participants informed about x-ray computed tomography

Increased interest from potential users
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Tech Talk Warwick 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The event brought together local businesses and the research community, so that industrialists could find out what research is going on in Power Electronics, how they can get involved in the Future Power Challenge, and to be exposed to what is happening in Power Electronics research across the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tranche 2 Theme Leads Away Day 2017 
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 New topic leads were given training and advice from experience research leaders in the leadership of large, complex research project. The CPE manager provided tailored training in project management and the requirements of the Hub with respect to engagement in its management processes. A project management toolkit was also provided.

The purpose of the event was to ensure that the relatively inexperienced leaders of the new UPE research topics were given sufficient guidance and support to enable them to effectively deliver these large programmes of research and that they engage in the wider non-research activities of the CPE Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Warwick Reliability Symposium 
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 Warwick Reliability Symposium 2015 - Main purpose: networking
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Wide-Band Gap Event 2017 
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 80 delegates attended this event. Its aim was to shape the future direction of the UK PE industry. There was opportunity to engage in this process and set a course for wide bandgap PE in the UK. It also highlighted how this fed into the catapult, and feeds into FPC and grand challenges
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description X Yuan - Multi-domain optimisation and virtual prototyping for power electronics systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk about Multi-domain optimisation and virtual prototyping for power electronics systems during the CPE Annual Conference in July 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description X Yuan - Multi-domain optimisation and virtual prototyping for power electronics systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk about Multi-domain optimisation and virtual prototyping for power electronics systems at the CPE Annual Conference in July 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017