Power Electronics @ Queens

Our research interests in (Power Electronics @ Queens) span several areas in Power Electronics, including microgrid, distributed energy generation, grid integration, and DC-to-DC converters for Electric Vehicles. We are responsible for developing the Power Electronics research theme, promoting it for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research.

We aim in our group to develop novel power electronics converters ensuring resilience, high efficiency, superior reliability and the least impact on the environment. We focus on undertaking advanced modelling, computer simulation techniques and hardware implementation to develop optimal converter designs to maximise the efficiency and fault-tolerant operation of power electronics systems.

Research Environment

Queen’s University, the ninth oldest University in the UK, is a member of the Russell Group, an association of 24 leading research-intensive universities, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, outstanding teaching and learning experience and unique links with business and public sector. The total value of new research grants awarded to QUB in 2018/19 was £75m. The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) at QUB is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research, with 93% of the research rated as ’World-leading’ or ’Internationally Excellent’ (REF 2014) and is also placed fifth for the highest quality research. Our School plays a leading role in the main QUB research centres: Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) and Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), the Energy, Power & Intelligent Control (EPIC) research centre. Our lab is equipped with various forms of renewable energy generation, including wind turbines, solar photovoltaic and biodiesel generators. We have expertise in monitoring large wind farms and simulating their effects with the electricity grid. We have a well-established power laboratory equipped with the latest power supplies, grid and wind simulators, photovoltaic inverters, high bandwidth digital oscilloscopes, DSPs and microcontrollers, dSpace boards and several DC and AC machines. We also have access to a high-tech fabrication workshop for circuits and electric machines design.