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Reference Number EP/R004137/1
Title Converter Architectures
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 15%;
Energy Efficiency(Transport) 15%;
Energy Efficiency(Other) 15%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 15%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 15%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 25%;
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 Dr X Yuan
No email address given
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Bristol
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 November 2017
End Date 31 October 2021
Duration 48 months
Total Grant Value £1,259,400
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region South West
Programme Energy : Energy, Manufacturing : Manufacturing, NC : Engineering, NC : ICT
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr X Yuan , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Professor P.H. Mellor , Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol (0.001%)
Professor A Forsyth , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr R Todd , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr B Wen , Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr PD Mitcheson , Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , GaN Systems Inc, Canada (0.000%)
Project Contact , IXYS UK Westcode Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Converter Technology (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
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Abstract Power Electronics plays a very important role in the electrical power conversion and is widely used in transportation, renewable energy and utility applications. By 2020, 80% of electrical power will go through power electronics converters somewhere between generation, transmission, distribution and consumption. So high-efficiency, high-power-density and high-reliability are very important for power electronics converters. The conventional power electronics devices are based on silicon materials and have reached the limit of their potential. The emergence of wide-bandgap (WBG) material such as silicon-carbide (SiC) and Gallium-Nitride (GaN) based devices has brought in clear opportunities enabling compact, more efficient power converters, operating at higher voltages, frequencies and powers to meet the increasing demand by a range of existing and emerging applications. For example, more/full electric aircrafts with hybrid propulsion requires 10s of MW efficient power conversion with high frequency drives, higher voltage levels as well as higher power density. Wireless power charging is pushing the frequency from 100s of kHz to MHz at kW power level to minimise passive elements such as inductors and capacitors. Transformerless, compact, high-efficiency medium-voltage (1kV~10kV) power conversion enabled by high voltage SiC devices is critical for the realisation of power electronics based distribution networks (including energy storage interfacing) for smart grid as well as future transportation systems.Whilst WBG devices offer the possibility to operate at higher voltages with lower on-state losses, and faster switching speeds than Si devices, maximising the performance benefits at a converter level creates a range of interrelated challenges. For example, high voltage and current changing rates of WBG devices will generate significant electro-magnetic-interference (EMI) and affect the running of other equipment. Identifying the most effective circuit topologies, passive component technologies and control methods, and managing the very high switching rates to extend the frequency/voltage/power envelope present great challenges to power electronic engineers, but are vital if the true potential of WBG circuits is to be achieved. They therefore form the main motivation for this project.This Converter Architecture (CA) project brings together the UK's best academic and industrial expertise to investigate optimal converter architectures, advanced passive components design methods, fast speed control techniques and holistic optimisation to realise the full potential of WBG devices in achieving higher efficiency, high power density with extended voltage, frequency and power handling capability.
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