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:
- Intelligent Electrical Power Grids
- Photovoltaic Materials and Devices
- DC Systems, Energy Conversion & Storage
Since the Track Electrical Power Engineering is part of the Master Electrical Engineering you can also choose to do your final thesis at the research group of:
- Multimedia Signal Processing
- Network Architectures and Services
- Circuits and Systems
- Electronic Components,Technology and Materials
- Electronic Instrumentation
- Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems
- THz Sensing Group
- Embedded Software
When you choose the Track Electrical Power Engineering you will have access to high standard research facilities like:
- The renewable energy laboratory DENLAB
- A Real-Time Digital Simulator
- A High-Voltage laboratory
- Electrical Energy Conversion Laboratory
You will also get acces to the research facillities of the other tracks of the Master Electrical Engineering, among others:
- Dimes Technology Centre: Cleanroom
- Delft Multimedia Information Retrieval (DMIR) Lab
- Signal and Information Processing (SIP) Lab
- Information Security and Privacy (ISP) Lab
DENLab is a renewable energy lab located at the Electrical Power Systems Group of the Electrical Sustainable Energy Department of Delft University of Technology. The objective of this laboratory is to serve as a test facility for projects focused on small-scale renewable energy systems. DENLab has a power capacity of up to 50kW. The operational characteristics of the components to be studied in the small-scale energy system can be programmed using software at the main computer, and then downloaded to a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). The PLC sends the setpoints to nine power converters that are physically placed in the lab, they can be controlled to adjust their power supply/consumption. In this way, a variety of components can be emulated and the real power flow at DENlab can be monitored. The currents that flow in DENlab represent the currents that would flow in an analogous physical system.
Real-Time Digital Simulator
The RTDS is physically located at the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids group of Delft University of Technology. 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 8-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.
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
The PVMD group possesses a number of advanced set-ups for the deposition of state-of-the-art thin-film silicon solar cells and thin-layers of device-quality materials. Furthermore several measurement set-ups are available for the characterization of materials and finalized solar cells.
The Photovoltaic Materials and Devices group at TU Delft is determined to provide an educational experience on photovoltaics that is both fascinating and insightful. Part of this experience is created at the PVLAB (Photovoltaics Laboratory) with unique practical courses for students. Working with real system components, taking measurements and performing analysis, is at the heart of the educational experience. For that reason the PVLAB 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.