The telecommunication industry is rapidly evolving towards providing faster services to accommodate the global surge in network demand. The next-generation (5G) network aims to increase the current network speed by more than twentyfold. This transition brings enormous benefits for the economy and society. A main challenge faced by network providers, however, is that the existing infrastructure cannot fulfill the new requirements of the 5G network. For example, the future 5G small cells need to be more powerful than the conventional 4G network architecture.
The UPS market has recently experienced an exponential growth due to the increase in the number of data centers and IT centers. In this research program, superior UPS products will be designed and developed to comply with the new performance requirements of the UPS market. This research program has tremendous value for Alpha Technologies Ltd. to be able to acquire significant market share and attain more revenue. This research program can place Alpha as the leading company in future advanced UPS technology.
Rapid growth of renewable energy generation and DC loads as electric vehicles and consumer electronics results in the proliferation of DC microgrids. DC microgrids are small electrical grids where energy sources and loads are connected to a main energy distribution power line using power converters.
The energy-hungry telecomm industry is in need of power supplies with ever-increasing efficiencies to conserve energy and reduce carbon footprint. In collaboration with the industry partner, the proposed research project aims at developing a power factor correction (PFC) system, an essential component in a telecomm power supply, for achieving efficiency of 99% or above. The project will make use of emerging power semiconductors with superior characteristics to build a PFC circuit using one of the most promising circuit structures.
The distributed energy management system that needs to be optimized represents a control and command center for a network of distributed resources, which may operate within an isolated or weakly interconnected micro-grid. The controller’s primary functions are to communicate with each distributed energy resource controller to determine the operating status of each distributed energy resources and to issue energy management control commands to reliably manage the stable integration of the distributed energy resources with the larger scale grid.
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