EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics
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The Future Power Challenge 2019


The Future Power Challenge 2019 is now open!

About the Future Power Challenge 2019

The Future Power Challenge 2019 is for PhD researchers currently working in the field of Power Electronics and takes the form of a poster submission, followed by a Poster and Pitch presentation to our panel of judges. A prize of £2,000 will be awarded to the winner of the Future Power Challenge.

The Challenge is supported by the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics and the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Any PhD student who is currently working within the field of Power Electronics is eligible to apply, subject to the agreement of their academic supervisor/research team. Work can have started before the Challenge commences and can continue after the Challenge closes.

What the Challenge involves

Applicants will be asked to register their interest before the end of January 2019. If successful to the next stage, shortlisted candidates will be asked to produce a poster and present their work to a panel of judges at the Poster and Pitch Day on 14 May 2019 at Austin Court, IET, Birmingham.

Candidates are also required to give a short presentation to the Post Graduate Summer School the following day.

The winner of the Challenge will be announced at the end of the Summer School.

What the judges are looking for

The judging panel will comprise of the Centre for Power Electronics Director, Professor Mark Johnson, the Centre’s Industry Champion, Geoff Haynes, as well as a representative from industry.

The judges will be looking for:

  • Quality of work being presented
  • Innovation value
  • Degree of application to current industry challenges.

Why take part? 

There is a prize of £2,000 for the winning entry, with runner up prizes also available.

Winners also have the opportunity to work with CPE’s industry Champion, Geoff Haynes. Previous winners have benefitted from Geoff’s expertise in a number of ways. He is well-placed to bring academia and industry together in effective collaboration. For example, the winners from 2017 (Imperial College London) generated considerable interest in their work and a video of a demonstrator of their winning project was featured by BBC Click. They are now in the process of setting up a spin out company.


Please note, as part of the Challenge, there will be a presentation to a panel of judges. It is essential that the necessary disclosure permissions should be gained from sponsors and supervisors before taking part. It is the entrant’s responsibility obtain the consent of their institute and/or sponsors and to make sure this is in place ahead of registering.

Timeline and keydates

31 January 2019 Deadline for registration of interest.
28 February 2019 Entries shortlisted by the judging panel.
March 2019 Candidates will be notified whether they have been successful and sent further details about the judging
March 2019 to May 2019 Ongoing work on the Challenge Project. Production of poster and presentation.
14 May 2019 Present your poster at the Future Power Challenge Poster and Pitch event and give a 20 minute presentation to support this. Be prepared to answer questions from the judging panel.
15 May 2019 Five minute presentation to PG Summer School and winners to announced at end of day.


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Last year's winner Zhe Zhang receiving his award from Geoff Haynes




EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics

Email: correspondence@powerelectronics.ac.uk