ePOWER

ePower Queen's Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research
ePower Queen's Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research

ePOWER Research Facilities

ePOWER laboratory facilities consist of six distinct areas: a Computer Aided Design (CAD) lab, a Hardware lab, an Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) laboratory, a Magnetics and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Laboratory , a Silicon Integration Laboratory, and a Renewable Energy test platform.The purpose of this lab is to allow researchers to simulate smart nanogrids or microgrids. Thus, there are solar and wind simulators, for the purpose of simulating renewable energy sources, as well as energy storage units.

ePOWER CAD Lab

 

CAD Lab

The CAD Lab is a computer lab with a variety of software that allows researchers to simulate and design their experimental prototypes. Software in this lab includes PSIM, PSPICE, MATLAB, ANSYS, ALTIUM Designer, and ALTERA Design Suite.  

ePOWER Hardware Lab

 

Hardware Lab

Equipment to implement experimental prototypes operating at low to medium power ranges, including oscilloscopes, AC and DC sources, AC and DC loads, high-frequency function generators, power analyzers, network analyzers.

ePOWER EMI Lab

 

EMI

To analyze conducted and radiated EMI of experimental prototypes, equipment includes LISN (line impedance stabilization network) for measuring the EMI for single-phase and three-phase systems, and EMC chamber to measure EMI emissions.

ePOWER Magnetics and Printed Circuit Board Lab

 

Magnetics and PCB Lab

A magnetic analyzer( to precisely extract the B-H curve of magnetic materials such as ferrite, powdered cores, etc.), a PCB maker to manufacture 2-layer PCBs, and a pick and place machine for assembly and population of PCB boards.

 

ePOWER Silicon Integration Lab

 

Silicon Integration Lab

This Silicon Integration Lab has equipment to manufacture ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits), as well as equipment used to solder BGA (ball grid array) packages.

ePOWER Renewable Energy Lab

 

Renewable Energy Lab

The Renewable Energy Lab allows researchers to simulate smart nanogrids or microgrids.  There are solar and wind simulators and energy storage units.