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PEMC Group Seminar Series 2018-2019 - an opportunity for group members and visitors to share their work

Seminar 1 - 1st November 2018. Chaired by Prof Pat Wheeler

Prof Pat Wheeler - "Intro to PEMC Group"

Feng Guo - "3L-NPC AC-DC Power Converter Using Virtual Space Vector PWM with Optimal Switching Sequence Based on g-h Coordinate"

Xiaoyu Lang - "An Enhanced Power Generation Centre for More Electric Aircraft Applications"


Seminar 2 - 12th December 2018. Chaired by Dr Michele Degano

Prof Yu-Ling He, North China Electric Power University - "Impact of single and combined electromechanical faults on stator and rotor vibration characteristics in synchronous generator "

Mahmoud Elkazaz - “Microgrid Energy Management Using a Two Stage Rolling Horizon Technique for Controlling an Energy Storage System’’


Seminar 3 - 23rd January 2019. Chaired by Dr Adam Walker

Marta Laterza - “Model reduction for the stability assessment of a Single-Phase Active-Front End”

Jayakrishnan Harikumaran - “Design of High Reliability Power converters for Aerospace applications”,

Shane O'Donnell - "Wide Bandgap Semiconductors in More Electric Aircraft Motor Drive Applications”




£1.5m grant to power the future of electric transport research

The Wolfson Foundation has generously donated £1.5m to fund state-of-the-art equipment that will advance research into sustainable, electric transport at the University of Nottingham.

The Aerospace and Electric Flight Test Cell Propulsion Unit will take pride of place in the new Power Electronics and Machines Centre, the flagship research facility, which is due to open in summer 2020.

“The aerospace industry faces significant technological challenges as it strives towards all-electric flight propulsion in the coming decades.

Read more at the following link.


Airbus joins University of Nottingham to launch world’s first electric aircraft race series 

Airbus has announced it will work alongside Air Race E partners, including the University of Nottingham to stage the world’s first electric aircraft race series. 

Due to launch in 2020, Air Race E will follow a format akin to the popular Air Race 1 series of formula one-style air racing.  

Eight electric-powered aircraft will race directly against each other on a tight 5km circuit, 10 metres above the ground, and at speeds faster than any land-based motorsport. 

“We want to motivate manufacturers to showcase their technologies across the full spectrum of electric propulsion systems and components.” said Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology Officer of Airbus. 

“This partnership enables us to demonstrate our commitment to staying at the leading edge of electric propulsion and developing a new ecosystem.” 

Led by research fellow Richard Glassock, our Faculty aerospace engineers are currently developing a prototype race aircraft powered by an integrated ‘plug and play’ electric motor, battery, and power electronics system. The innovations will be designed and retrofitted into an existing petrol-powered Air Race 1 plane in the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) workshops. More information on the Faculty involvement in the Air Race E project is available here.


Dual Award PhD student - Best PhD Thesis, Chile, 2018

The PEMC Group is very pleased to announce that Matias Diazd, who is the first graduate of the Dual PhD Award between the University of Nottingham and Universidad de Chile in Santiago, recently won a Chilean Science Academy award as one of the best Chilean PhDs in 2018. 

Matias's award was for the "Best 2018 PhD Thesis". The title of Matias's thesis is “Control of the Modular Multilevel Matrix Converter for Wind Energy Conversion Systems” and he was supervised by Prof. Roberto Cardenas (Chile) and Prof. Patrick Wheeler (UK). 

This is a very competitive and prestigious award in Chile and the collaborative nature of the work between the University of Nottingham and Universidad de Chile in Santiago won admiration from the judges.


Matias Diazd 1a

Matias receiving his award  

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Matias and Prof Roberto Cardenas 



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