Research

 Power Electronics and Static Power Conversion in general is an engineering/scientific discipline that was introduced into practice on beginning of the 20th century. Today, on beginning of the 21st century, Power Electronics is part of our everyday life. We can find it in almost all applications; home appliances, automotive, multimedia, ICT, industry, transportation, military, space, etc., etc. Wherever and whenever we need to control power/energy flow without significant losses, we have to use power electronics. It would be very difficult, almost impossible to imagine today’s life without power electronics. Every segment of the life will be different. Power electronics & Static Power Conversion have contributed significantly to the global world economy. Invention of the IGBT has contribution to the global economy of more than 18 trillion of US$. Power Electronics and Power Semiconductors in general have contributed much more.

Innsbruck Power Electronics Lab (i-PEL), as a part of the Institute of Mechatronics, has been recently founded by Infineon Technologies AG, Austria and University of Innsbruck. Research activities are mainly focused on the cutting edge Power Semiconductors and Power Electronics in general.

 

 


  • Ultra-high power density & efficiency power converters,
  • High performance optimization and integration of switching mode power converters,
  • Power converter topologies: State of the art voltage and current source topologies, multi-cell interleaved converters, high power isolated dc-dc converters,
  • Application, control and driving techniques for cutting edge power semiconductor devices: IGBT, RB-IGBT, MOSFET, SiC JFET, SiC MOSFET, GaN....
  • Power converters applications: Variable speed drives, bidirectional rectifiers, active filters, UPS Converters and STATCOM devices,
  • Advanced energy storage devices & their applications (ultra-capacitors and batteries),
  • Control of power converters: Pulse width modulation (carrier based continuous and discontinuous modulation schemes), the current control (standard a/b and dq frame), dc side control (full and partial dc bus voltage and current control in dc-dc converters), active damping of ac and dc side variables.

 Research Projekts

PhD Projects

 

Tema (Topic)

Status

Betreuer (Mentor)

D1

Multi-level & Multi-cell Power Converters for LV Power Quality Applications

Started in October 2019

Candidate: Zoran Miletić, AIT

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Petar J. Grbović

petar.grbovic@uibk.ac.at

D2

Partial Power Rated Converters for Ultra-Efficient/Dense Applications

Started in October 2019

Candidate: Igor Lopušina, i-PEL

D3

High Power Battery Charger for e-Mobility Applications

Started in October 2019

Candidate: Aleksandra Stanojević, i-PEL

D4

Power Supplies and Actuator-Converters for Future Robot Applications

Open

D5

Integrated Actuator-Converter System for High Power Robot Applications

Open

D6

High Power WBG Devices: Perspectives, Issues and Applications

Open

D7

On-Line Monitoring and Diagnostic of High Power WBG Devices

Open

D8

IGBT & MOSFET Gate Drivers: On-Chip Integration of Signal and Power

Open

D9

Reverse Voltage Blocking Power Semiconductors: Perspectives, Issues and Applications

Open

D10

Quantum-Mode Series Resonant Converters for High Frequency & High-Power Applications

Open

D11

Multi-Cell Current-Source Converters: Analysis, Design and Application Perspectives

Open

D12

Ultra-Dense Adapter & Charger for Cell-Phone and Lap Top Applications

Open

D13

Ultra-Efficient & Dense 48 –to- 12V Automotive dc/dc Converters: Si & WBG Perspectives

Open

D14

Ultra-Dense ac/dc Power Converters for Portable Equipment & Tools

Open

D15

Analysis Design and Optimization of an Interface Power Converter for Energy Storage Grid Applications

Open

D16

Modular MVDC Conversion System for 2MW Hybrid Micro Grid for 9km long Aerial Lift

Open

D17

High-Power & Ultra High-Performance Multi-Phase Source & Load Emulator

Open

 

 Master Projects

 

Tema (Topic)

Status

Betreuer (Mentor)

М1

Analysis & Design of an Automotive 48-to-12V dc/dc Converter

To Start

May 2020

Candidate:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Petar J. Grbović

petar.grbovic@uibk.ac.at

М2

Development of a Single-Phase Half-Bridge Rectifier/Inverter with an Active DC Bus Capacitor

 

М3

Development of a Compact Military Grade 24 to 12V dc/dc Converter

 

М4

Failure Mode Analysis and Protection of a Three-Level NPC Converters

 

M5

Testing and Characterization of Cutting-Edge Power Semiconductors

 

M6

Analysis and Design of a Voltage Control Device for Low Voltage Distribution Transformers

 

M7

Topologies and Concepts of High-Power e-Mobility Chargers: An Overview and Comparative Analysis

 

M8

Development of an Active & Adjustable Dissipative AC Load Resistor

 

M9

Development of Power Supply and Drive Converter for Robot Applications

 

M10

Development of an Intelligent Control and Monitoring System for Agricultural Applications

 

M11

Development and Design of a Compact Power Supply for LED Applications

 

 

M12

Development and Design of a Power Converter for Grid Connected Permanent Magnet Synchro-Generators

 

 

M13

Development and Design of Battery Interface DC-DC Converter for Bipolar DC Microgrids

 

 

M14

Development and Design of Power Converter for Fish Protection in Hydro Power Plants

 

 

Bachelor Projects

 

Tema (Topic)

Status

Betreuer (Mentor)

B1

Smart Agriculture: Irrigation System with Hybrid PV/Wind/Battery Power Supply and GSM/GPRS Monitoring and Control

In Progress

Started in July 2019

Candidate: Tobias Pusnik

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Petar J. Grbović

petar.grbovic@uibk.ac.at

B2

Hydraulic-Drive Control Board

In Progress

Started in April 2020

Candidate: Lukas Messner

B3

Electric Fence for Fish Protection in Hydro Power Plants: Issues and Perspectives

In Progress

Started in April 2020

Candidate: Tim Florian Schellhammer

B4

Development of Low-Cost GSM/GPRS Sensor & Controller with PV & Battery Power Supply

In Progress

Started in April 2020

Candidate: Tim Hoschek

B5

Battery Management System for F1 prototype

To Start

May 2020

Candidate: Philipp Stocker

B6

Power Conversion Control Platform based 32-bit Arm® Cortex® Microcontroller (MCU) Families by Cypress-Infineon

OPEN

B7

Induction Generators in Small Hydro Power Plants: Application Perspectives

OPEN

B8

Smart Home Power Supply System based on Renewable Resources & Electro-chemical Batteries

OPEN

B9

Voltage Quality Control in LV Distribution Networks: Power Electronics Approach

OPEN

B10

Analysis and High-Level Design of a Voltage Control Device for LV Distribution Transformers & Networks

OPEN

B11

DC Power Distribution for LV Home Applications: Perspectives and Issues

OPEN

B12

GSM/GPRS Modem for Remote Monitoring and Control

OPEN

B13

Power Conversion Control Platform based on ARM Cortex MCU

OPEN

B14

Development of Low-Cost GSM/GPRS Sensor & Controller with PV & Battery Power Supply

OPEN

B15

Power Converters for Grid Connected Permanent Magnet Synchro-Generators

OPEN

B16

High Performance Electric Machine Emulator: Issues and Perspectives

OPEN

 

 

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