September 2019 Fulong and Muhannad successfully defended their Ph.D thesis

Ph.D students Fulong Li and Muhannad Alshareef successfully passed their Ph.D thesis viva in August and September at Aston University , respectively.

Fulong Li: Control Strategies for Low Voltage DC Microgrids
Muhannad Alshareef : Control of the Photovoltaic System for Flexible Power Generation

Many congratulations! Thank you for the contribution to this Fellowship project.

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May 2019 Dr Zhengyu Lin Joined Loughborough University

Dr Zhengyu Lin moved from Aston University to Loughborough University on 1st May 2019. He is now a Senior Lecturer in Power Electronics with Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) of the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

This project will build on the strengths of the CREST including power electronics, energy storage, smart grid, energy network, and renewable energy generations.

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August 2018 Project meeting in Nidec Control Techniques

Aston University project team visited the project industrial partner Nidec Control Techniques (CT) in Newtown on 15th August 2018. They had a meeting with Jon Atkinson, Frank Heerdt and many other CT staffs, and discussed how CT’s new generation Digitax HD servo drives can be used in the proposed low voltage DC microgrid research platform.

After the meeting, Aston University team had a tour of CT’s new hi-tech engineering facility, and also had a visit of the factory. It was really a good experience for our Ph.D students to see how CT’s drives are manufactured, from PCBs and components to packed drives.


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July 2018 Project Kick off Meeting

The project kick-off meeting was held in Aston University on 11th July 2018, together with key project industrial partners. It was a good opportunity for the project consortium members get to know each other. The project background, objectives, industrial engagement plans, expectations, and key work package implementation plan were introduced and discussed in the meeting. Frank Heerdt and Andrea Annunziata from Nidec Control Techniques also had a tour of Aston University European Bioenergy research Institute (EBRI) and visited PEMPS research group labs.

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