Developing the Enabling Infrastructure Technology
Power electronics is the "enabling infrastructure technology" that promotes the conversion of electrical power from its raw form to the form needed by machines, motors, and electronic equipment. CPES research activities are dedicated to improving electrical power processing and distribution that impact systems of all sizes - from battery-operated electronics, to vehicles, to regional and national electrical distribution systems.
CPES researchers develop nearly 100 new advances each year.
Please visit our Research Showcase to explore recent new discoveries
CPES has developed strong expertise in five critical technology areas of power electronics:
These technology areas area applied to four target applications:
CPES has long been regarded as a powerhouse in technology transfer. This comes from our research focus on developing usable technology, our close cooperation with industry, and our strong experience in developing intellectual property. We have more than 90 patents and hundreds of invention disclosures.
We typically have more than 2 dozen research projects each year, from the highly theoretical to the very applied.
CPES is the largest university-based power electronics group in the country, with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. Visit our Facilities page for details.