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New electrical architecture to reduce energy poverty

Growing technological development in Chile has led to the need for a more efficient and sustainable supply of electricity. Power converters are part of the answer. They play a simple role in power systems around the world, allowing us to carry out far more complex processes in the overall management of electrical energy.

This project aims to develop new power converter topologies, connecting separate power grids to make it easier to manage the supply of electricity more effectively, reduce waste and even make electricity far more available to remote communities, thereby reducing energy poverty.

As well as supporting the creation of skilled and specialised professionals in power electronics, renewable energy and microgrid design, this project will strengthen international cooperation on the important subject of sustainable energy. The team has enabled capacity building in the form of new MSc and PhD programmes; retaining undergraduate students from the University of Talca and attracting new ones from the whole region, providing them with the infrastructure and equipment for their specialist research.

The project has expanded to other countries such as Argentina, Cuba and Serbia and further funding would enable the team to bring these benefits to rural Paraguay.

"The Newton Fund allowed me to be hired as a postdoctoral researcher. I got access to top equipment and was able to conduct high-level research and interact with well-known professors in the field. As a woman in Chilean academia it was my gateway to international research." 

Yamisleydi Salgueiro, Post-doctoral student

New configurations of power converters for grid interconnection systems

Project leads: Jon Clare, Head of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group, University of Nottingham and Marco Rivera, Head of Energy Conversions and Power Electrics Laboratory, University of Talca

Delivery partners: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT)