Related Research

The constant collaboration in research with the industry significantly contributes to the added value to your 'real-life' and 'up-to-date' learning experience. By connecting with the industry, you’ll get a glimpse of the world behind the programme, a chance to learn from experienced people in the field and to contribute in achieving a shared real-life goal.

The research groups involved with courses and student supervision within the Electrical Power Engineering Track are:

Research facilities

When you choose the Track Electrical Power Engineering you will have access to high standard research facilities located in the Electrical Sustainable Power (ESP) Lab. Energy transition solutions platform includes:

  • PV Technology Centre (ESP + EKL)
  • Power Electronics Centre
  • Power System Protection Centre
  • High Voltage Technologies
  • The Control Room of the Future (Digital Twin)

You will also get acili to the research acilities of the other tracks of the Master Electrical Engineering, among others:

  • Else Kooi Lab: Cleanroom
  • Delft Multimedia Information Retrieval (DMIR) Lab
  • Signal and Information Processing (SIP) Lab
  • Information Security and Privacy (ISP) Lab

High-Voltage laboratory

The High-voltage laboratory is the second largest in the Netherlands. Testing facilities include a 4 megavolt impulse generator and ac sources up to 1.5 megavolt.

Unique possibilities are offered to students and researchers enabling them to study full-scale high voltage equipment. For industry, tests are performed according to IEC 60060 ”High-Voltage test techniques”, like:

  • AC testing,
  • Impulse and switching impulse testing,
  • Corona and RIV testing,
  • Partial discharge testing,
  • Tangens delta testing

Additionally the laboratory is equipped with facilities for:

  • Dielectric spectroscopy
  • Space charge measurements
  • Thermal conductivity measurements

TU Delft PV Technology Centre

The Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) group possesses advanced equipment for the deposition of state-of-the-art single- and multi-junction solar cells based on thin-film silicon, perovskite, and crystalline silicon PV technology. This equipment is compatible with industrial sized substrates and delivers thin layers of device-quality materials.

Electrical Sustainable Power Lab

Several measurement setups are available for the opto-electrical characterization of thin-film materials and finalized solar cells. This equipment is housed in the Electrical Sustainable Power Lab, where the PVMD group has also a PV module manufacturing unit.

PV Lab

The PVMD group is determined to provide an educational experience on photovoltaics that is both fascinating and insightful. Part of this experience is created at the PV Lab (Photovoltaics Laboratory) with unique practical courses for students. Working with real system components, taking measurements, and performing analysis, are at the heart of the educational experience. For these reasons the PV Lab is equipped with the latest measurement equipment, off the shelf system components, and a full size certified solar simulator.

Electrical Energy Conversion Laboratory

The “Power Electronics” and “Electric Machines” research laboratory, formerly called VEEM-hall laboratory, is temporarily housed on the second floor of the low-rise building of the EEMCS-faculty. A broad area of research is performed in these laboratories. A brief summary of the main fields are: 

  • Power Electronics
  • Electric Machines and Drives
  • Hardware in the loop simulation (HIL)
  • Smart grids, at DC as well as AC, or even combined …
  • Storage of (electrical) energy
  • Wireless power transfer

The former VEEM-hall has been recently transferred into a new modern practical hall. This newly refurbished practical hall, is used, among other practical’s, for hands-on “Power Electronics” and “Electric Machines” education of DCE&S.

Power System Protection Centre

PSPC is TU Delft’s centre for advanced research, education and knowledge transfer in large scale power system protection providing a common platform among utilities, manufacturers and academia by exchanging knowledge and results in order to improve existing solutions.  PSPC brings together experts from academia and industry with expertise in large scale power system protection and making use of  different research fields that will be needed: embedded systems, algorithms, ICT and mathematics.

Control Room of the Future (Digital Twin)

The electricity grid is more complex than ever and therefore less stable and less reliable. At present, many circuits in the network are still done manually in the control room. Digitization of grid management is a precondition for the modernization of the electricity grid. Our “control room of the future” examines how technology can protect, monitor and control the new electricity grid.

The digital twin is a large computer simulation of the entire Dutch electricity grid. We use this to test the reliability and security of the current and future network under large and small changes in technology and policy, without anything actually breaking. So we can start testing: Can the Dutch network withstand a new wind farm off the coast of Zandvoort? And how do we ensure that everyone can charge their electric car in the future? 

Real-Time Digital Simulator

The Real-Time Digital Simulator is physically located in ESP Lab. It consists of a large number of parallel processors that can be controlled through software that runs on a pc. The time step of the computations is 50 microseconds, which enables the user to operate the simulated power system interactively in a way that is similar to the real system. Furthermore, real hardware can be plugged into the simulator and be incorporated in the simulations. The 9-rack RTDS can handle 528 electrical nodes and 448 switches. The RTDS can be operated remotely. This allows flexibility of operation, which is of great importance particularly in a project where international partners are involved.