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Power Electronics & Utilization (PEU)

The Utilisation Group has established a reputation in the field of power electronics, machines, drives electric mobility use of new materials and energy saving, notably in the areas of power conversion, electric vehicle and renewable engineering. The power electronics area includes static power conversion, the application of power electronics to improve the performance of power distribution and systems, renewable resources, magnetics, battery and superconducting energy storages and use of artificial intelligence in power electronics. The machine and drive areas cover the machines design and motion control research work. They include intelligent motion control, 2D and 3D actuation systems, condition monitoring, induction generators, switched reluctance motor drives and soft-switching drives. The electric mobility research work includes electric vehicle, electric boat, traction system, traffic control, sensors in rail track and vehicle.

Our aims are to use the above experience to help local industry and the region to improve competitiveness through consultancy services, cooperative projects and research development of new technologies. We have 7 academic staff members and over 25 research personnel and with total research funding of more than HK$10 million in the last two years. We have published over 70 Journal papers in the last 2 years. We recently established a Power Electronics Research Centre which is devoted to provide facilities, research and development for industry. We also organise international and local conferences and seminars regularly to serve both the industry and researchers.

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Examples of Recent Projects (3 years):

  • A Magnetic levited Direct switched-reluctance planar motion system for industrial manufacturing Automation ($0.15 Million)
  • Energy-Saving Linear Refrigeration Compressors for Refrigerators and Air-Conditioners ($1 Million)
  • Investigation of Voltage Fluctuation Control of Grid Connected Wind Turbines ($0.15 Million)
  • Robust Design Techniques for Constrained Inverse Practical Problems with Inevitable Uncertainties Using High Fidelity Model and Probabilistic Model Based Evolutionary Algorithms ($0.15 Million)
  • Development of the High-precision Multidirectional Auto Tracking System for Concentrating Photovoltaics (1.2 Million)
  • DC Distribution for Future and Environmental City Development ($2 Million)
  • Development of Integration of Linear and Rotational Motors for Electric Boat Applications ($0.15 Million)
  • Body Integrated Super-capacitor for Next Generation of Electric Vehicles ($1 Million)
  • A Novel Resonant Magnetic Coupling Wireless Charger for Deep Brain Stimulation Devices ($0.62 Million)
  • Instrumentation for Experimental Investigation of Fatigue Life of Welded Connections in Vehicle Structure of Heavy Goods Trains ($0.31 Million)
  • Direct-drive Linear Switched Reluctance Actuator for Automobile Active Suspension Systems ($4.99 Million)
  • Switched Reluctance Generators for Wind Power Generation ($0.99 Million)
  • Energy storage management for universal energy storage – An ultimate application for electric vehicle and alternative energy sources ($1 Million)

Examples of Project Photos:

In-wheel motor

LED front lighting

MyCar Electric Vehicle

Battery Management System

Electric Vehicles

Solar Electric Charging Station

Solar power tracking LED Street Lamp

Solar electric vehicle with electric air conditioning

Induction cooking station using variable turn-pitch techniques

Wireless Charger

C-core generator for vertical axis wind turbine

Polymer-bonded magnetic for high frequency power conversion