Chair of Power Electronics

Innovative battery research SH: Start of a new project “BAEW – Labor für zuverlässige batteriegestützte Energiewandlung”

Innovative battery technology paired with the right power electronics has the potential to fundamentally improve our energy generation and mobility. As batteries are more and more in focus, new materials solution for high energy and high power batteries are necessary. Silicon as one of the earth abundant materials is the material of choice having the potential to drastically increase the capacity and thus energy density of batteries.

Therefore, this project aims to bring together specialists in the field of battery development from materials science and in the field of energy conversion from power electronics in a new real laboratory at the Kiel University (CAU) with a new research infrastructure. Schleswig-Holstein invests almost two million euros in the equipment to develop and test new battery systems for intelligent networks and electromobility. The interdisciplinary laboratory at the Faculty of Engineering is also open for scientific and industrial cooperation. Additionally, this laboratory should be integrated in the daily education of young researchers in Schleswig-Holstein.
In this innovation laboratory, in close mutual cooperation, new battery technology can be tested in application-related power electronics issues related to memory integration in smart grids and electromobility. In addition, the use of "Wide Band Gap" (WBP) power semiconductors (silicon carbide in the stationary area and gallium nitride in mobile applications) forms the heart of the project. In particular, the new infrastructure will offer regional prospects for high-quality research, cooperation and training in the future. Locally rooted and well-trained specialists in turn benefit the economy in Schleswig-Holstein and promote the transfer of knowledge between universities and industry.
On Thursday, July 2, 2020, 9:45 a.m., Prime Minister Daniel Günther hands over the funding decision of 1,974,034 euros partially funded by the “Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WTSH)” as well as the “European Regional Development Fund (EFRE)”.

Research

  • Our research is focused on the design of high efficient and reliable PWM-based power converter architectures (single-cell, multi-cell, multilevel), their modelling and control to exploit commercial as well as new power semiconductor devices with minimum over design.
    We develop controllers for electric drives and we are particularly skilled in the integration of renewable energy systems into the electric grid.
    Please discover our expertise looking to our recent projects.

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