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Electrical Power and Control Systems

An active multidisciplinary team with a track record of research and development in smart grid technologies, E-mobility, A/D electronics, smart charging of Li-ion batteries, advanced control and optimisation of renewable energy (PV/wind), drive systems and industrial processes.

Electrical Power:

The group carries out research and development in grid integration of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles (smart grids); wind energy conversion systems; electric drives; power quality; advanced control systems and complex industrial processes and systems.

We have conducted projects related to renewable energy, design of advanced systems, and development of controllers for variable-speed electric drives (especially synchronous reluctance types) and future power networks (smart grids). These projects have been funded by the UK government, Europe and industry, including the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC), Charge Your Car (North), Feedback Group, NEDL (Northern Power Grid), Reyrolle (Siemens), Econnect (Senergy), and Scottish&Southern Energy (SSE) Group.   

Recent projects include “E-mobility North Sea Region” funded by the European Commission, “Performance Comparison of Traditional and Emerging Doubly-Fed Generator Topologies for Grid-Connected Wind Power Applications” funded by EPSRC, “Electric Vehicle Infrastructure – Smart Grids and EV Infrastructure Regional Impact” funded by Charge Your Car (North), and “Development of Training Modules in the Renewable Energy Field” funded by Feedback Group.

Control Systems:

In this area, we specialise in

  • Fault diagnosis,
  • Resilient control;
  • Intelligent optimisation;
  • Power electronics;
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Bioinformatics.

We also have expertise in electronic system design and verification using hardware description languages; integrated circuit design (VLSI); analogue and digital electronics; microprocessors and embedded systems; microcontrollers, embedded systems and digital electronics.

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This group is a part of the University’s multi-disciplinary research into the theme of Future Engineering.

Research from this group will be submitted to REF2021 under UoA 12: Engineering.

To view research papers emanating from this group, please click here to view Northumbria Research Link, our open access repository of research output from Northumbria University.


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