About our Research themes
The Centre research is organised into themes which were established through two sequential funding tranches. These research themes bring together 12 university partners from across the UK.
Tranche 1 research theme programmes ran from 2013 to 2017 and were supported by £8 million EPSRC funding. The key challenges addressed in this phase were increased efficiency, increased power density, increased robustness, lower electromagnetic interference, higher levels of integration, and lower costs.
The four themes were:
Tranche 2 runs from 2017 to 2020, with an overarching theme of Wide Band-Gap Power Electronics. £6 million of EPSRC funding has been allocated to these theme programmes, which cover:
- Switch Optimisation
- Virtual Prototyping
- Reliability & Health Management
- Heterogeneous Integration
- Converter Architectures.
Through the research themes, the Centre brings together the leading academic research groups from across the UK to:
- Address key research challenges through a coordinated programme.
- Build critical mass in the area of power electronics.
- Develop a widely recognised internationally leading research capability.
- Develop a UK research strategy for power electronics which will build on foresight activities to inform our research direction.