Event highlights

Centre for Power Electronics Annual Conference

Professor Mark Johnson with international speakers

Our Annual Conference gives delegates the opportunity to hear from experts in the field, find out more about the work of the Centre, to learn about our latest research and to network with colleagues.

The 2021 Conference featured state of the art presentations from academic and industrial speakers, oral and poster presentations from Early Career Researchers, exhibitor videos and panel sessions on the status of adoption of wide bandgap devices and opportunities for working in this growing industry.

Speakers included: Professor Hirofumi Akagi, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Professor Will Drury, Driving the Electric Revolution, UKRI; Professor Peter Gammon, University of Warwick; Professor Layi Alatise, University of Warwick; Dr Giorgia Longobardi, Cambridge GaN Devices Ltd; Professor Tim Green, Imperial College; Maisie England, Head of Civil and Electrical Engineering, EPSRC; Professor Jiabin Wang, University of Sheffield; Dr Paul Evans, University of Nottingham; Professor Lee Empringham, University of Nottingham; Professor Xibo Yuan, University of Bristol; and Simon Price, CEO of Exawatt.

Summary of 2021 Conference

The 2019 Conference included keynote presentations delivered by: Professor Johann W. Kolar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Professor Leon Tolbert, University of Tennessee, USA, Professor Annette Muetze, Graz University of Technology, Austria, Professor Frede Blaabjerg, Aalborg University, Denmark, Dr Galina Mirzaeva, University of Newcastle, Australia and Professor Alex Huang, University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Keynote speaker presentations from the 2018, 2019 and 2021 Conferences

Research Showcase 2021: Recent Advances on Reliability and Gate Driving of WBG Power Electronics

The Centre for Power Electronics Research Showcase addressed several of the key issues critical to the increased adoption of Wide Bandgap (WBG) Semiconductors within the growing power electronics industry. Please visit the following link for a copy of presentations and videos of the showcase: Centre for Power Electronics Research Showcase 2021

APC PE & EM Spokes Symposium 2019

Power Electronics Machines and Drives technologies underpin the electrification of our energy and transport systems but to make them more effective it is essential to realise improvements in power density, costs of manufacturing, reliability and techniques for integration. The Symposium in 2019 explored the arising technological challenges and potential solutions in four key topic areas:

  • Thermal management
  • Integrated Drives
  • Modelling of Drives
  • Manufacturing challenges

 

SiC devices, reliability, converters and applications tutorial 2019

This tutorial saw leading academics from the Centre for Power Electronics will give an overview of the current status of wide band-gap technology, highlighting the need for the technology, its applications and the key challenges that remain.

Stability and Reliability of Power Semiconductor Devices

The scope of the special session covered material properties, physics of failure, device design considerations, fabrication, packaging and circuit level implementations. Discussing Silicon and Wide bandgap devices and how aspects of their performance is affected, including the on-state, blocking, dynamic performance and long-term device reliability. This session was led by Join Dr Neophytos Lophitis (Coventry University) and Dr Marina Antoniou (University of Warwick).

Future of WBG Devices workshop

A workshop on the Future of WBG devices in power processing and wireless power during Wireless Power Week led by Professor Xibo Yuan. This event included a panel discussion and short presentations will identify the opportunities, challenges and potential solutions in high frequency WBG power conversion.

Post Graduate Summer School

Organised by a steering group of Post Graduates, this event provided an opportunity for those researching Power Electronics to develop new skills, network and browse our exhibition. The theme in 2019 was the future direction of power electronics and how to prepare for your future career. It included talks by leading industrialists and academics.

Speakers included Professor Bill Drury, Chair of the IET Power Electronics Machines and Drives Network, Professor Peter Malkin, Newcastle University, Jon Regnart, Advanced Propulsion Centre, Dr Saeed Jahdi, University of Bristol, Dr John Bennett, Dyson and Professor Mark Johnson, Centre for Power Electronics.