Power Electronics Research Centre
The Power Electronics Research Centre is involved in the growing areas of wind and solar power, wireless power and sensors for biomedical applications, battery management and power harvesting. We work with industry by transferring technology from a strong research base in the University to the wider community, and we collaborate with the Power Electronics laboratory at the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology; the Czech Technical University of Prague, Zhejiang University and Harbin University, China, the City University of Hong Kong and the Tyndall Institute, Cork.
Battery management system for solar energy applications
The battery management system aims to optimize the use of the battery, to prolong the life of the battery, making the overall system more reliable and cost effective.
Battery management systems
The objective of this project is to design and build a Battery Condition Monitoring System, which monitors the state of the battery; communicates with an Energy Management System and a battery charge voltage regulator, to prolong the life of the battery.
Development of a leadless cardiac pacing device
The aim of this project is to develop leadless technology for maximising power delivery and designing and developing an implantable leadless bi-ventricular cardiac pace-making device.
Development of parameter system for battery monitoring and control
This project plans to investigate the temperature correlation and proposes innovative solutions that will extend the life of the battery. This innovative research should result in a more efficient battery changing technology than currently.
Industry led research programme in power electronics - magnetics
The design of magnetic components for operation at switching frequencies greater than 3 MHz will be developed. A range of suitable core materials will be identified and characterized for typical voltage and current waveforms.
Integration of wearable power generator structures
The main objective of this work is to develop unobtrusive electromagnetic generator structures, which can offer higher power levels than piezoelectric based devices.
Miniaturised electromagnetic generators for portable applications
The design of power generators for integration in a person's clothing/shoes will be investigated. The main outcome of the work will be specification of the power level available from electromagnetic generators designed for integration in the shoes.
Planar inductor design
The aim of this work is to investigate if distribution (paralleling) of inductors offer an increased output power density and therefore will allow closer integration of VRM to the processor. This work focuses on PCB winding technology as this is a step towards placing inductors onto the motherboard of the processor.
This project focuses on choosing the optimum tilt angle for a solar panel to optimise the power output. Instead of maximising the solar radiation received, an approach taken by most researchers, this method incorporates the electrical characteristics of a solar panel with a cloud and thermal model.