The DTE Power Electronics Laboratory was developed through a grant of $190,000 from DTE Energy, a matching grant from NSF, and an internal matching grant.
It is equipped with the-state-of-the-art power electronics facilities, including induction, PM and DC motors, universal power converter modules, DSPACE real-time control systems, power and spectrum analyzers, digital oscilloscopes, voltage and current probes, and accessory testing equipment. The lab allows the faculty and students to pursue power electronics for alternate sources of energy, including fuel cells and hybrid vehicles.
Student enrollment in power electronics courses has grown significantly over the past five years, reflecting the increasing public interest in energy conservation and environment protection. The lab allows the electrical and computer engineering department to deepen its curriculum and strengthen it through additional educational and research projects. The faculty team has developed several research projects addressing electric motor control with industrial and automotive applications, power factor correction strategies for industrial and utility systems, regenerative braking, wind power generation systems, hybrid vehicle powertrain, DC-DC converter and inverter systems, and HEV prognostics.