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The Future Power Challenge 2018


The Future Power Challenge 2018 was sponsored by GaN Systems Inc, Efficient Power Corporation Inc, Analog Devices Inc, and Peregrine Semiconductor. It was supported by the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics.

About the Challenge

The Challenge was looking for projects that  involved students in research activities, or were working with qualified research teams, or were part of an industrial team in a placement with industry.  To be eligible, projects had to be carrying out research that had the potential to accelerate the introduction of high speed switching electronic converter designs into future production. Entries were judged on the quality of the research and their potential for generating impact.

Finalists 2018

The final of the Future Power Challenge was held on 14 May 2018, at Austin Court, Birmingham. Five candidates were invited to present their work to the judges, as well as present a summary of their research to CPE’s Post Graduate Summer School the following day.

“The quality of the finalists’ work was outstanding,” said Geoff Haynes, one of the Future Power Challenge judges. “We were impressed by the high level of   innovation and quality of the work presented – selecting a winner proved to be really difficult.”

First prize of £2,000 was awarded to Zhe Zhang from the University of Nottingham for his presentation on Silent Switching- EMI suppression without EMI filters

Second prize of £750 was awarded to Yichen Cai, from the University of Manchester.

Commendations of £250 were awarded to:

Juan Manuel Arteaga from Imperial College London.

Nikita Hari from University of Cambridge .

Stewart Marchant from University of Nottingham.

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Winner Zhe Zhang receiving his award from Geoff Haynes

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Runner-up Yichen Cai with Geoff Haynes


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Nikita Hari and Juan Manuel Arteaga with Geoff Haynes


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