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The Power Electronics Laboratory devoted to various topics related to energy management and conversion.
Originally the research activity focused on switched mode power supplies and their control.
More recently, hot topics such as energy harvesting and photovoltaic generation systems were added.

Here is a list of subjects that gave rise to publications in scientific journals and at international and conferences.

  • Application of microprocessor-based control in DC and DC-brushless electrical drives

  • Study and implementation of Zero-Current-Switched (ZCS), Zero-Voltage-Switched (ZVS) and Single-Cycle (SC) quasi-resonant converters

  • Experimental tests for thermal characterisation of semiconductor packagings

  • Simulation of thermal problems in electronic packaging by finite element method

  • Simulation of system thermal behaviour by fluidodynamic simulators (CFD)

  • Application of Sigma-Delta techniques to power conversion and industrial control equipment

  • Development of circuit-level models for Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) and for high-frequency power transformers

  • Realization of active Power Factor Correction (PFC) systems

  • Study of distributed power supply systems

  • Application of piezoelectric transformers in step-up power converters

  • Study of automotive power electronic systems

  • Application of planar-type insulation transformers to IGBT power modules

  • Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices

  • Magnetic field sensors

  • Integrated power electronic devices and systems

  • Power supplies for particle accelerators

  • Energy harvesting

  • Energy management

  • Photovoltaic generation systems and microsystems

  • Modular and controlled energy harvesting systems based on Microbial Fuel Cells

  • Electronics for power control in automotive engineering

  • Wireless energy transmision systems

  • MEMS electret-bias Energy Harvesting Systems for implantable medical devices

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Last update: 26/07/2016