New AC-DC Mobile Microgrid Holds Promise of More Efficient Power Distribution

Date: Mar 29, 2019

A team at the University of Calgary plans to build a mobile microgrid that promises to improve the simultaneous distribution and management of both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) electricity.

Three university professors are leveraging proprietary AC-DC power conversion and energy management technology to build and operate a pilot-scale, 10 to 20-kW version of the platform, which they began working on last year, according to Majid Pahlevani, project lead and assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering.

The team won a three-year, $2.28 million-plus grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The grant runs through 2020.

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