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Efficient Power Electronics, Powertrain and Energy Solutions

 

 


VISION AND MISSION



Our Vision - is to create a sustainable, emission-free, affordable, efficient and innovative technologies enabling tomorrow's smart mobility, transport and energy solutions for everyone in the world.

Our Mission as EPOWERS Research Group is to offer and deliver cutting-edge research, provide top-notch designs and developments on power electronics, powertrains and smart green energy solutions with intelligent control systems for tomorrow's mobility, transport and smart green grid applications, with our ever-growing team of top-level researchers and experts. Our academic record at world's most renowned academic journals in relevant fields, a good word from our established national and international collaboration network of companies and research institutes, the content of the ever-growing number of projects we are involved with can be reference to our level of expertise. We follow the local and global tendencies on a daily basis, bilaterally interact and collaborate with all sorts of research, technology, business, public and political entities to contribute in shaping tomorrow's transport, mobility and green energy systems. EPOWERS is also part of MOBI Core Lab within Flanders Make - Driving Innovation.

Expert Skills - Power Electronics is the base of our core expertise, where we excel in power electronics converters, inverter systems, power supplies, intelligent systems such as battery management and smart charging systems with specific focus on various electric, (plug-in) hybrid vehicles and fleets. We deliver highly advanced work on Vehicle Powertrains, where we design and optimize powertrains, multi-level and integrated eco-energy management systems (EMS) and fleet management systems. We also perform design and optimization of Electric Machines, assess their performances and apply novel control methods. Since future systems require a specific emphasis on Smart Energy Solutions we perform R&D on design architecture and sizing of green assets, smart charging with V2X functionality flexibility, energy management and control systems. Furthermore, we make use of dedicated digital methods for Digital Twin & Reliability of any related system in order to perform and develop novel reliability and failure models, digital twin approaches for fleet management and power electronics converters. Please check our research tracks for more information.

Dedicated Test Facilities - At EPOWERS, we conduct top-notch research and offer reliable standard industrial tests for companies, with ever-growing number of more than 20 dedicated and modularized test rigs and our skilled staff:

  • Power Electronics Innovation Lab (PEIL) is for testing automotive and stationary power electronics modules, subsystems and converters and electrical machines;
  • Powertrain Innovation Lab (PIL) is fully equipped (power, control, data management, cooling) e-axle of in-wheel-motor test rig connected to an IoT system with Digital Twin of vehicle drivetrains, with the capability and ongoing plans to extend it to a full vehicle-synchronized multi-actuator in-wheel motors test bed;
  • Joint Smart Charging Lab (JSCL) is for testing on- and off-board charging systems and electric vehicles. For this, we employ our vehicle (charging) test rigs, vehicle and charging emulators and all standardized communication protocols. Our bidirectional testers are dedicated for various standard tests for grid-to-vehicle (G2V) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) operations.
  • Power Electronics Reliability Lab (REL) is to perform dedicated accelerated lifetime and long-term power cycling tests with full assessment on the electrical/ electronics (E/E) products up to 1200A. Furthermore, we develop virtual prototyping and digital twin modeling for reliability assessments. 

 


WE OFFER


 

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  • Codesign optimization for EMS, TMS and PE

  • Cloud-connected EV modelling and EV testing

  • ECO algorithms implementation

  • Advanced PE converter prototype design

  • Smart green grid solutions (V2X)

  • HiL testing of PE converters and motor controls

  • Digital twin validation and reliability testing

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXPERT TOOLS


 

 

Tool
  • PE converter optimization tool

  • EMS codesign optimization tool

  • PE thermal optimization tool

  • Reliability assessment tool

  • ANN based PE modeling tool

  • Digital twin modeling tool (PE, EV)

  • Virtual prototype design tool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


RESEARCH TRACKS



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LAB FACILITES


Infra
  • Smart modular power systems up to 800kVA

  • Multiple electrical machines group up to 250kW

  • Advanced PE converter testbench and performance testing up to 250kW

  • Grid and dynamic load setup for the DUTs

  • Programmable source/load 1000V (160kW)

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Infra2
  • In-wheel motor test rig with back-to-back motors and inverters

  • Automated test bench for EV regenerative braking

  • Vehicle dyno-roll bench (200km/h)

  • Mobile battery pack system 200V, 60Ah

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Infra4

 

  • Charger testing and certification

  • Charging systems lab: EV charging Analyzer/simulator

  • Charging systems lab: Grid emulator

  • Power device analyzer

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PERL EPOWERS

 

  • Advanced cloud computing Hydra PC (40 core CPU, 12 TB HDD)

  • High precision data capturing equipment *

  • Climate room

  • Automated power cycling tester for Si (IGBT, MOSFET), SiC MOSFET, GaN HEMT *

  • Online data monitoring unit *

* Planned infrastructure

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PROJECTS