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Reference Number EP/K034987/1
Title Underpinning Power Electronics - Integrated Drives
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Industry) 5%;
Energy Efficiency(Transport) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 5%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 20%;
Not Energy Related 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor BC Mecrow
No email address given
Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2013
End Date 31 October 2017
Duration 52 months
Total Grant Value £2,041,122
Industrial Sectors Electronics; Energy; Manufacturing; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region North East
Programme NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor BC Mecrow , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Dr V Pickert , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor ZQ Zhu , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Dr J Wang , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor P.H. Mellor , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Dr D Drury , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Professor AC Smith , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr J Apsley , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor G Asher , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr C Gerada , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
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Abstract An electric drive, defined as a system which includes a power electronic converter, an electrical machine and a controller, is a key enabling technology which is penetrating into almost all sectors of industry, and has particularly exciting opportunities in aerospace, automotive, renewable energy generation and industrial processes as well as consumer products. It facilitates cost effective and efficient renewable energy generation, enables the adoption of "more electric aircraft" technology, and provides traction power for electric propulsions in railways, ships and cars. The world market for industrial drives alone is over 8.5 billion and has grown between 2% and 5% above the industrial average over the past 30 years, driven by (1) the growth of industrial automation for better quality, productivity and management, and (2) energy saving for cost reduction opportunities which are increasingly supported by regulations such as the climate change levy (UK Department for Business Innovation and Skill report: Power Electronics Strategy for Success, http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/business-sectors/docs/p/11-1073-power-electronics-strategy-for-success).Advances in electric drives therefore are not only crucial for the UK's economic growth and competitiveness but also has the potential to make a huge contribution to the low carbon economy as well as to achieve the UK Government target of 15% of all energy generation to come from renewable sources by 2020.While electric drive technology could be considered as established, many challenges lie ahead, including adding new functionality, improving efficiency and compactness in drives as well as the overall system, better availability and condition monitoring, increasing power density and ability to operate in adverse environments. Underlying all of this is the drive for lower costs. The technology is advancing rapidly, and new developments in components and customer requirements in emerging markets such as automotiv, aerospace and renewable energy need to be embraced quickly to maintain a competitive advantage. The constraints on material supply chains, such as rare earth magnets, have to be addressed too.This theme will encompass research ranging from the physical integration of the drive, to the design of components, through to the integrated design of the system, using a holistic approach. The ultimate aim of this research will be to advance a selection of the following challenges: Increased Efficiency; Increased Power Density; Greater Functionality; Increased Robustness; Higher Levels of Integration; Lower EMI and Lower Life Cycle Costs, many of which will embrace transformational research topics as opposed to incremental advances. Lower costs will be a key over-arching feature of the theme: although certain cost functions relating to manufacture are to a certain degree independent of this programme, the research will endeavour to reduce component and life-cycle costs andmaintain a close working collaboration with the industrial partners to ensure manufacturing costs are not ignored. A systems approach in this theme is essential. Devices and converter concepts will be developed under other themes and, with the exception of the machine and controller, this aspect is about integration. Modelling tools will be developed to enable system optimisation, so that motor, converter and load trade-offs can be understood, enabling design for maximum efficiency, life cycle costs or power density. Finally, this progresses into the topic of design for manufacture
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