Power electronics faculty and students from the Center for Ultra-Wide Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) attended the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Expo (ECCE) October 29th-November 2nd in Nashville, Tennessee. ECCE is the world’s largest power electronics conference. EECS faculty members Kevin Bai, Daniel Costinett, Leon Tolbert, and Fred Wang, along with power electronics graduate students, hosted a booth and presented some of their recent work.
The CURENT booth showcased the work of the power electronics group, including an integrated GaN power module, an 800V/75kVA pure GaN based EV drive inverter, a MHz wireless charger for EVs, and a medium-voltage high-frequency transformer for flexible manufacturing plant.
CURENT students Dingrui Li, Zihan Gao, Min Lin and Mohamed Al Sager gave the oral presentation on the 10kV SiC power converters related Flexible Manufacturing Plant. Niu Jia and Xingyue Tian gave a poster presentation and student project demonstration on the GaN half-bridge power module with EMI filter integration and won the third prize of the student project demonstration session. Ziwei Liang and Liyan Zhu gave a presentation on the 22kW GaN based universal EV battery charger control and design. Former UTK-Volkswagen PhD Fellow Andrew Foote presented the 120kW wireless charger project. Chancellor’s Professor Tolbert acted as the chair for tutorial sessions at the conference, Associate Professor Costinett acted as the vice chair of a technical track, Professor and Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics, CURENT Technical Director Fred Wang gave a tutorial, while Associate Professor Bai and former CURENT student Ruiyang Qin both acted as session chairs.