The Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering brings together academic and industrial researchers to develop a broad range of applications and expertise in the field of clean energy (see Figures 1 and 2). The centre includes a number of state-of-the-art power electronics labs to advance discovery.

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Figure 1: A researcher works on wind energy conversion systems.
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Figure 2: A researcher develops a DC-DC converter.

In the past 10 years, faculty members have supervised over 150 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting researchers, engineers, and staff. Over 620 publications have been produced, as well as 78 issued and 47 pending patents, 162 refereed journal and 332 refereed conference papers, and two books. Two spinoff companies, CHiL and Sparq, were founded here.

ePOWER faculty have been honoured with numerous awards, including a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Field and Society Awards, including the 2021 IEEE Medal in Power Engineering. Collectively, they have been awarded nine fellowships, from IEEE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), and the Ford Foundation, as well as a Senior Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Fellowship. Faculty are also providing leadership at the IEEE through their participation in fellowships, awards, standards committees, general and technical conference chairs, journal editorships, and as vice president of the society. They have been invited to speak at more than 20 conferences around the world and collaborate internationally with numerous academic partners.

Funding of more than $16 million has supported the research enterprise at ePOWER, and the centre continues to enjoy sustained research funding of over $8 million for the next five years.