CPES Center Brochure (April 2011)
Virginia Tech. Center for Power Electronics Systems
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The Center for Power Electronics Systems is a $4 million/year research center dedicated to improving electrical power processing and distribution that impact systems of all sizes –from battery-operated electronics to vehicles to regional and national electrical distribution systems. Our mission is to provide leadership through global collaborative research and education for creating electric processing systems of the highest value to society. CPES has a worldwide reputation for its research advances, work with industry to improve the entire field, and its many talented graduates. From 1998- 2008, CPES served as an Engineering Research Center (ERC) for the NSF. A collaboration of five universities and many industrial firms, the CPES ERC was the largest-ever collaboration of power electronics researchers. During the ERC period, CPES developed the IPEM, a standardized off-the-shelf module that has revolutionized power electronics. Today, we are building on that foundation so that power electronics can fulfill its promise and reduce energy use while helping electronics-based systems grow in capability.