Power Electronics is a field of electrical engineering that deals with the processing, control, and conversion of electrical energy from one voltage to another and between direct and alternating current. R&D in this field is key to increasing the efficiency and reliability of electrical systems and plays a crucial role in the integration of renewable energy sources into the electrical grid.
At EnergyVille, researchers focus on new materials, including wide-bandgap semiconductors such as Gallium Nitride (GaN), and designs of advanced new power devices that improve efficiency and reliability. We have developed a strong technology portfolio in high-performance power electronics, non-linear modelling and control methods, and protection strategies.
Furthermore, we develop power electronic converters that support the roll-out of LVDC (low voltage direct current) grids, vehicle chargers, efficient drives, and battery interfaces, which are being tested in the bipolar DC nanogrid in EnergyVille’s labs (see also electrical networks research).