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Reinventing High-performance pOwer converters for heavy-Duty electric trAnSport

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May 2022 – October 2025

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RHODaS project aims at developing disruptive topologies of power converters using new semiconductor materials as well as cutting-edge digital technologies to improve architecture efficiency, power density, reliability, cost and sustainability.

 

High-pErformance moduLar battery packs for sustaInable urban electrOmobility Services

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January 2021 – December 2024

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The HELIOS project aims at developing and integrating innovative materials, designs, technologies and processes to create a new concept of smart, modular and scalable battery pack for a wide range of electric vehicles used in urban electromobility services, from mid-size electric vehicles to electric buses, with improved performance, energy density, safety, lifetime and LCoS (Levelized Cost of Storage)

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High efficiency and power density multi-port isolated DC/DC power conversion system based on wide bandgap devices

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Retos de Investigación; June 2020 - May 2023

UPC - MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain)

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AEMS-IdFit, Aircraft Electrical Model Simulation Identification and Fitting Toolbox 

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FP7 - CleanSky

UPC - MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain)

The general objective of the AEMS-IdFit project is to adapt and develop generic models of aircraft electrical systems to reproduce the response from experimental measurements and manufacturers design data under different operating conditions, giving a full-representation of electrical systems dynamics.

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ECOBULK, Circular Process for Eco-Designed Bulky Products and Internal Car Parts

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H2020 – CIRC; January 2017 – December 2019

Exergy,  UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics and more than 30 partners.



DepurGan, Boosting the potential of small businesses for eco-innovation and a sustainable supply of raw materials

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HORIZON2020 - Benefit for the SMEs; April 2015 - July 2017

Ateknea, Eurogan and UPC - MCIA Innovation Electronics

The main objective of the DEPURGAN project is to design and build an electronic power system with high power, very high efficiency and power density, for high current electro-coagulation applications. The power source designed will be based on broadband (SiC) switching technologies and very high frequency resonant topologies.


PowerTrain REVO, Fault Tolerant Powertrain based on multiphase PMa_SynRM driven by a SiC inverter for a reliable Electric Vehicle operation. 

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Retos de Investigación; Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2019

UPC - MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain)

The general objective of the project is to investigate, design, develop and verify a new high power density, efficient and reliable electric power train, based on multiphase PMa-SynRM motor driven by SiC converters. Enhanced power converters and motor control characteristics regarding fault tolerance and reliability will be achieved by optimal power converter design and intelligent active gate driving (efficiency and EMIs), fault detection and fault mitigation by redundancies and management of the faulty operation modes and control access to neutral point of the motor, which in case of fault will allow fault tolerant control and balance of the thermal stress along the stator core to output power of the machine regarding efficiency.

 

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MULTYCAB, Power cable modelling for WIPS electromechanical chain.

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FP7 - CleanSky; Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2015

UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain).

The Multi Layer Cable Model MultiCaB project aims to research and develop advanced parametric power cable models for aeronautical applications, specifically, thermo electric Wing Ice Protection Systems, WIPS.

Apart from basic voltage and current analysis, models must allow to simulate and study high frequency effects, such as skin and proximity effects, standing waves and resonances, conductive and isolation losses and temperature effects.

 


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MAGMOLIB, Modelica library of detailed magnetic effects in rotating machinery

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FP7 - CleanSky; Oct. 2013 - Sep. 2015


UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain).

The project proposes the conception and development of an Interactive Development Tool Modelica-Based for Electric Machines, IDTMEM, which must be able first to generate an Modelica model for the electric machine, and later to estimate electrical, mechanical and thermal machine properties, all from completed or basic design choices, initially specified as parameters and torque/power demand profiles and basic consideration of thermal effects and cooling, as stated in project requirements. IDTMEM is foreseen as a type of IDE (integrated development environment), here targeted to support the process of designing electric machines.

 


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HEPEV_SSiC, High-performance power train for the electric vehicle based on the latest technologies of synchronous motors and power converters with SiC.

Retos de Investigación; Jan. 2014 - Dec. 2016

UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain)
The main goal of the project is the research and development of new electric power train to promote and facilitate the use of electric vehicles in a clean urban environment. Electric Vehicle (EV) Technologies continue high on academic and industrial research agendas and innovative technologies of low cost high efficiency electric motors supplied by high temperature energy efficient power electronics converters DC/DC and DC/AC are solutions to be investigated. Advance control and fault tolerance for the most robust and reliable powertrains must also be considered in future electric powertrains.



EFINDPRO, Processes and living lab for industry energy efficiency.

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KIC InnoEnergy - Energy Efficiency; Jan. 2011 - Dec. 2014

Kingliga Tekniska Högskola (Sweden), UPC-Heat and Mass Transfer Technological Center (Spain) and UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain)


Energy efficiency in industry is a concept with broad spectra of activities since industrial activities have a big diversity of processes. This fact makes evident the need for education focussed to form open minded people with global vision of the industrial scenarios, able to cross initiatives to improve means to reduce energy consumptions.

The aim of the project is to improve and to innovate in technological and business solutions that can be applied horizontally to several industrial sectors. The horizontal approach to energy efficiency in all industrial sectors is based on the premise that energy is used in all installations, and that common systems and equipment occur in many sectors. All innovative solutions will be tested and implemented in real cases, the named living labs being a platform to foster and demonstrate new concepts on SMEs.

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RUE, Advanced wide band gap semiconductor device for rational use of energy.

 

Consolider-Ingenio; Nov. 2009 - Oct. 2014

Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Instituto de Sistemas Ópticos y Microtecnología, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Centro de Electrónica Industrial, Universidad de Oviedo – Grupo de Sistemas Electrónicos de Alimentación y Grupo de Accionamientos Eléctricos, Universidad de Valencia – Laboratorio de Electrónica Industrial e Instrumentación, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Centro de Investigación en Electrónica de Potencia, Universidad de Zaragoza – Grupo de Electrónica de Potencia y Microelectrónica, Universitat Rovira I Virgili – Grupo de Automática y Electrónica Industrial, TECNALIA Corporación Tecnológica – Unidad de Energía

The main objective of this project is to develop a real first generation of new Wide Band Gap power semiconductor devices that allow both an important improvement in the performance of existing converters and the development of new power converters; in both cases seeking a more rational use of the electric energy. Among the possible candidates to be the base materials for these new power devices, SiC and GaN present the best trade-off between theoretical performances (high-voltage blocking capability, high-temperature operation and high switching frequencies) and real commercial availability of the starting material (wafers) and maturity of their technological processes.

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Research in management systems, supervision and diagnosis of electrical energy for industrial applications and the tertiary sector.

 

SGR; Jan. 2009 - Apr. 2014

UPC - MCIA Innovation Electronics

EUROENERGEST, Increase of automotive car industry competitiveness through an integral and artificial intelligence driven energy management system.

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FP7 - Cooperation; Jan. 2012 - Jul. 2015


Enertika (Spain), SEAT S.A. (Spain), Brunel University (UK), VTT (Finaland) and UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain).

The aim of the project is to reduce, at least by 10%, the energy consumption of HVAC systems and manufacturing processes in automotive industry by developing an Intelligent Energy Management Systems (IEMS). The IEMS allows the interaction between loads, power generation equipments and environmental and operating conditions in order to optimize the energy consumptions.


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MOSYCOUSIS, Intelligent Monitoring System based on Acoustic Emission Sensing for Plant Condition Monitoring and Preventative Maintenance.

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FP7 - Benefit for SMEs; Sep. 2011 - Dic. 2013

Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic (Spain), Optel (Poland), Ardoran (Estonia), Sitex45 (Romania), Endeco (Ireland), Tyndall (Ireland) and UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain).

The project has the objective of developing an intelligent monitoring system based on acoustic emissions sensing for the monitoring, intelligent control and preventive maintenance of industrial machinery.

 


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RESAMCAR, Research on Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Motor Drive for in-Wheel Car Applications: Electromagnetic and Power Electronics Technologies.

 

CICyT; Jan. 2010 - Dec. 2013

UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain)

 

Proposal and experimental validation with high performance control of a fault tolerant axial flux machine for an "in-wheel" motor to be installed into a small or medium electric car is the main objective of this project.

 

DIAGMAN-MECH.AUTO, Detection and Diagnosis of failures for predictive maintenance of mechatronic systems.

 

CICyT; Jan. 2007 - Dec. 2009

UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain)

The project, in collaboration with the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), includesinvestigation on control, supervision, procedures, diagnosis and forecasting technologies for overland and aeronautic transport industry applications.

 

 

LOTPIM, Low cost, predictive maintenance system for industrial machinery, based on Induction Motor Current Analysis, Wireless Network and Self-Power technologies.

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FP6 - CRAFT; Sep. 2005 - Aug. 2007

CRIC (Spain), JCB ELECTROMECANICA S.L. (Spain), Advanced Digital Design S. A. (Spain), Angewewandte System Technik GmbH (Germany), Fabryka Wentylatorow S.A. (Poland), Flexachem Manufacturing Ltd. (Ireland), Delegada Tecnica S.L. (Spain), Electronic Systems Design Ltd. (Malta), Schmidt, Kranz & Co. GmbH (Germany), InnowacjaPolska sp z o. o. (Poland) and UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain).
The project will combine low powered innovative technology, artificial intelligence and a wireless communication network that will render the device both intelligent and autonomous, allowing continuous centralised monitoring of the plant at a fraction of the cost of current alternatives. The generic technology will find applications in areas where motors, pumps, gearboxes or drive chains need to be monitored on a continuous basis, such as fluids processes in chemical industries, motor generator systems, serial trunk conveyor systems, and general line production in manufacturing industries.

 

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MOET, More Open Electrical Technologies.

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FP6 - Aerospace; Jul. 2006 - Jun. 2009

AIRBUS Operation GmbG (Germany), Goodrich Actuation Systems (France), DLR (Germany), Crisa (Spain), UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain) - 62 European partners from 15 countries composed of universities, research centres a broad range of aircraft, system and component manufacturers.

In line with the vision 2020, MOET aims to establish the new industrial standard for commercial aircraft electrical system design, which will directly contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of the aeronautical industry. MOET will also contribute reducing aircraft emissions and improving operational aircraft capacity. Recent National and European research activities and state of the art commercial aircraft developments, have launched more advanced approaches for on-board energy power management systems. These benefits have also been recognised in North America where this is being given special consideration. A step change is necessary to remove current air and hydraulic engine off-takes and further increase the electrical power generation capability

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CONDIAG-MIP, New techniques of Control, Supervision and Diagnosis oriented to improve the performance of electrical drives with Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor.

 

CICyT; Jan. 2004 - Dec. 2006

UPC-MCIA Innovation Electronics (Spain)

 

The project covers new strategies of sensorless control as well as the analysis and development of an intelligent algorithm for failure detection and diagnostic over high efficiency PMSM machines.


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