In this research field, electrical components and systems, which are necessary for the structure and the operation of DC grids, are investigated and developed. This includes analysis of materials (e.g. semiconductor and insulation materials) and subcomponents (e.g. semiconductor devices and converters) up until the development of systems, such as DC-DC converters, circuit breakers and control technology, which will be designed, simulated, installed and tested in the Medium Voltage DC Research Grid on RWTH Aachen Campus. The research grid will be established primarily using standard components from the industrial partners’ current portfolios so that test operations can be conducted as soon as possible; only individual subcomponents will be developed from scratch.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Dr. h.c. Rik W. De Doncker (also active as speaker)
Dr. Peter Friedrichs