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Mission and Focus Areas of E-Mobility and Industrial Drives

Mission

The E-Mobility and Industrial Drives research programme is based on design and control of electric machines and power electronic converters. The interaction with the source power, e.g. utility grid or batteries, and the mechanical load is also an important part of the research. Applications include industrial drives like fans and pumps and emerging electro-mobile applications as drones and electric vehicles.

The research programme has a strong industrial focus and often serves as a platform for proof of concept. We work in close partnership with leading companies and research institutions within our focus areas in order to reduce cost and to improve the efficiency, compactness, performance, etc. of the components and applications of interest.

Focus Areas

The research carried out in the E-Mobility and Industrial Drives research programme is highly multidisciplinary. We include the latest technologies within magnetic materials, semiconductor devices, batteries, computation platforms, etc. in order to develop innovative products and solutions. The programme include topics from core technologies like electrical machines to application-oriented research as electric vehicles.

The programme's focus areas


Drives

Our focus areas in drives include both hardware configurations and advances control. From hardware point-of-view, are we working with active front end rectifiers, small DC-links drives, multi-level converters for drives, and combined inverter/charger solutions. Modern microprocessors and DSPs provide good computation power. Therefore, we are also working with active damping, harmonic mitigation, sensorless control, and fault diagnostics.



Electric machines

Electric machines are the workhorses of industrial processes and future hybrid and electric cars. We design, built and test many different kind of machines, e.g. low cost reluctance machines or high performance and high efficient permanent magnet machines. Applications includes traction motors for electric vehicles, magnetic gears for efficient and robust mechanical power conversion, linear actuators like lead screws and active suspension systems for energy harvesting or vibration dampening, etc.


Power electronic converters

Power electronic converters are a key component for motor control and intelligent energy management. We built power converters for various applications, e.g. electric machines, battery charging, fuel cells, wireless inductive power transfer, etc. Depending on the application, the converters have different features, e.g. high gain, bi-directional, DC/DC or DC/AC conversion, etc.


System integration and evaluation

System integration is a key competence to reduce the total cost and volume and to increase the performance. Prior to the laboratory implementation a complete simulation model is developed in order to assess the interaction between each component. A proper energy management strategy is necessary in order to comply with the constraints of each component and to obtain a high system efficiency. The whole system is evaluated with respect to energy consumption and lifetime.


Applications

The E-Mobility and Industrial Drives research programme is very application-oriented and we work with many different applications, e.g., electric and hybrid electric vehicles, drones, wave energy, wind turbines, micro-robots, pumps, etc.

Vacancies within E-Mobility and Industrial Drives

If any, please find the vacancies here: Vacancies at Aalborg University

Industrial Partners

The research programme collaborates with national and international research groups, institutions in academia as well as industry to achieve the best possible foundation for strategic decisions on research initiatives and to provide students and scholars with a good foundation for conducting leading edge research. The industrial partners are:

  • Banke Accessory Drives
  • ECOmove
  • Eltronic Solution
  • DACS
  • Danfoss
  • Dansk Energi
  • FJ-Sintermetal
  • Future Electric
  • General Motors
  • Grundfos
  • Johnson Controls
  • KK Wind Solutions
  • Lithium Balance
  • Lodam
  • NEAS Energy
  • Meldgaard Miljø
  • Serenergy
  • Sintex