Power Electronics


NMI established its Power Electronics Network in 2004. Since then we have been driving change from those early beginnings and have accomplished notable achievements at the national level.

Power - applicationsNMI is well versed in the rich history that Power Electronics has in the UK by virtue of industry served front-line staff. Today the industry boasts a significant number of organisations with world-class capabilities across many market sectors. The applications of power electronic equipment demand very diverse solutions through power ratings and equipment ranges, from milliwatt power levels needed to operate a mobile phone through to gigawatt powers for high voltage energy transmission lines between countries.

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SME’s are important drivers of innovation and support larger companies with technology and/or as part of the critical supply chain. Further, UK Universities play an important role in educating future generations of power electronic engineers and developing the knowledge base through internationally recognised research.

If power engineering is your vocation, NMI is the place to be – take a look at some of our past events below.

Power Electronics Network Activity

We run a number of events across the UK.  In the past we have had events such as :

  • “More Electric Transport” University of Nottingham
  • “iPOWER3 – Building a Smart Power Future” University of Warwick (Partner event with IMAPS)
  • “Power Electronics for the Smart Home”, Newcastle University
  • “Power Electronics – Transforming the Management of Energy Networks”, University of Nottingham
  • “iPOWER2”, University of Warwick (Partner event with IMAPS)
  • “Electronic Systems in Energy”, University of Strathclyde
  • “iPOWER” , University of Warwick ( Partner event with IMAPS UK)
  • “UK Power Electronics Strategy Launch”, London
  •  Illuminating the Power Electronics Roadmap” – A vision for Low Carbon Lighting in 2020, Swansea
  • Power Electronics National Strategy Workshop”, Farnham Castle
  • “Automotive Electronics”, University of Warwick
  • Electronics Enabling the Low Carbon Economy”, University of Swansea
  • Automotive / Transport requirements for high Reliability & Efficiency”, University of Warwick
  • Automotive Challenges for Power”, University of Warwick
  • Power Technology across the supply chain”, IR Newport
  • Power Electronics Research showcase”, International Rectifier Newport
  • Wide Band Gap devices”, DeMontfort University

Motivation

The motivation for establishing this network in 2004 was based on the following:

  • Low carbon use and sustainable energy are major societal challenges
  • A high percentage of UK based companies have semiconductor enabling processes as a core competency that are crucial to achieving low carbon targets.
  • An entire electronics supply chain and ecosystem exist in the UK.
  • There is a strong, relevant research base and design & systems house presence.
  • There is a constant need for increased collaboration and accelerated change towards global targets.

Purpose

  • Enable / facilitate collaboration, communication, knowledge transfer
  • Challenge power process materials, designs & applications
  • Cover strategic research to near-market development
  • Signpost capabilities, requirements and strengths.

Status

The Presentation material, attendee list and agenda from previous events are available to all NMI members from the member’s area of the website