Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Advanced Research Lab (RE-PEARL)
The focus of the Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Advanced Research Lab (RE-PEARL) is to conduct research in power electronics and power system, provide our graduate students with hands-on training of hardware prototyping and testing. The lab features a distribution voltage regulator testing platform and a wave energy emulation system, which serve as valuable platforms to collaborate with energy industries and conduct research on power electronics and renewable energies. There are currently a few active projects using the lab to conduct research and prototype development.
The lab will bring generated power from soon-to-be installed solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the EPIC building. Students will be able to perform control and energy management in microgrid settings once the lab is completed.
- Reliability oriented control for wave energy systems using heterogenous underwater communication network (sponsor: UNC Coastal Studies Institute)
- Power electronics assisted distribution voltage regulator (sponsor: CAPER)
- Wireless power transfer for switcher trains
Primary faculty: Tiefu Zhao and Badrul Chowdhury
Collaborators: Tao Han and Shen-En Chen (CEE)
Location: EPIC G238