ePOWER (Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research)

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
What the facility does

Power electronics and renewable energy research

Areas of expertise

A world-class laboratory established in 2002, ePOWER researchers develop power electronics technology for alternative power generation, power transmission, and power utilization. They apply power electronics in wide range of applications such as photovoltiac (PV) and wind electricity generation, smart-grid, energy storage, electric vehicle, aerospace and information system. Researchers have published in leading journals, presented at prestigious conferences, produced significant intellectual property and performed solid fundamental research and innovative practical applications to benefit industry and society. The ePOWER lab has attracted talented and motivated graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting researchers. Fundamental and applied research conducted at ePOWER is resulting in the development of new energy-efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly power electronic technologies. 

Research services

Energy and power electronics research in areas such as power semiconductor devices, converter topologies, power management techniques, machine drives, analytical and simulation techniques, application-specific integrated circuit chips and advanced control methods. With growing energy demand, shortage of traditional energy sources and increasingly rigorous environmental standards, work conducted at ePOWER is playing a significant role in combating growing energy costs, conserving energy and protecting the environment.

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Information and communication technologies and media

Specialized lab

Equipment

Function

Development and Prototype Lab

  • Oscilloscopes
  • Active, active differential, passive differential, high voltage and high voltage differential probes
  • Differential amplifiers
  • Power analyzers
  • Programmable power sources
  • DC power supplies
  • DC load mainframe
  • Function generator
  • High slew rate transient load
  • AC/DC electronic load
  • PV array simulator
  • Hipot tester
  • QuadTech LCR Meter

QuadTech transformer tester

The lab contains all the equipment required to implement experimental prototypes operating at low to medium power ranges. Equipment in this lab includes oscilloscopes, AC and DC sources, AC and DC loads, high-frequency function generators, power analyzers, and network analyzers.

EMI Lab

  • Electromagnetic compatibility equipment
  • EMI emission test chamber and conduction equipment (LISN (line impedance stabilization network) for measuring the EMI for single-phase and three-phase systems
  • Spectrum analyzer
  • Waveform generator
  • Olympus SZ51 wire-bound equipment
To analyze the conducted EMI and radiated EMI of experimental prototypes.   

PCB and Magnetics Lab

Magnetic analyzer Can precisely extract the B-H curve of magnetic materials such as ferrite, powdered cores, etc.
PCB and Magnetics Lab PCB maker Manufacture 2-layer PCBs
PCB and Magnetics Lab Reflow oven  
PCB and Magnetics Lab Pick-and-place machine For the assembly and population of the PCB boards

Silicon Integration Lab

  • Digital analyzer
  • Impudence analyzer
  • Vector network analyzer
  • Ultrasonic Soldering Machine-EGA
  • Asymtek clean room
  • Olympus imaging system
  • Semiconductor equipment
This lab has equipment to manufacture ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits), as well as equipment used to solder BGA (ball grid array) packages.
Smart-grid Lab
  • Solar PV array and wind turbine system (installed on the rooftop of Walter Light Hall)
  • Differential high voltage probes
  • Current probes
  • Arbitrary function generators
  • 2.5-amp DC programmable power supplies
  • Digital power meters
  • Programmable AC sources
  • Advanced power quality
  • Analyzers
  • AC-DC clamp meters

Allows researchers to simulate smart nanogrids or microgrids. Four interrelated themes and microgrid platforms: integrating reliable green energy sources within a smart grid; designing reliable microgrids; design of high power energy storage systems; and development of cost-effective electric vehicle battery power electronic technologies able to provide back-up capacity for renewable power generation (i.e. vehicle to grid capability).

  • Cistel Technology Inc.
  • SPARQ Systems Inc.
  • Honeywell ASCa Inc.
  • Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
  • EION Inc.

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ePOWER video

http://vimeo.com/28311361