Stategic Capabilities

Strategic Capabilities

The team behind this proposed APETT project possesses outstanding competencies in research and development of power electronics. The industrial partners are highly skilled in matching and foreseeing market needs, and developing the technical solutions of tomorrow. The university partners have great expertise in research in energy technologies, and have worked in this field for decades. The competencies of the team behind this project is the strongest possible in Denmark – and internationally – when it comes to power electronics and new methods for simulation, 3D design, reliability-oriented design and testing, and mapping of apparatus performance.

AAU is the highest-ranking Danish QS university in 2016 in the category Electric and Electronic Engineering, and the university has a world-class device package laboratory, cross discipline WBG team of physicists and engineers, and an internationally acknowledged research center in the area of power electronics reliability.  Further, the research competencies in power electronics at AAU are outstanding. 

SDU is an international leader in ultra-high-efficiency power conversion techniques. SDU conducts extensive research into the achievement of ultra-high conversion efficiency in power electronic converters.  CityU has long track record of doing research on studying various computational intelligence techniques and its application for power electronics technologies, and will be able to bring unique expertise into this project to develop cost-effective condition monitoring methods for power electronic systems, and computationally-efficient multiobjective optimization, which are essential parts of the developed DfR2 tool platform. Together, AAU, SDU and CityU guarantees the highest possible level of research available and decades of comprehensive collaboration with industrial partners.

Danfoss Drives is a world-leading player in the market for AC Drives and supplies to nearly all industry segments and to civil engineering projects. Danfoss Drives has 49 years’ experience and more than 5,000 highly skilled employees in this specific field. Grundfos is the world's leading pump manufacturer within industry, building services, water utility and dosing pumps with a 50% global market share. Grundfos’ technologies and competencies have continuously been developed and improved through close cooperation with leading universities and component manufacturers worldwide. 

Whereas Danfoss and Grundfos deliver mass-produced products to their global markets, Horsodan and Danfysik design power supplies for customers with very specific needs in terms of physical size, performance and efficiency of the power supply, and provide high quality accelerator systems and components for the particle accelerators and research laboratories, respectively.  VWS has invested significantly into competences and test facilities to increase understanding of failure mechanisms and verify robustness.  KK has expertise in power converters and wind turbine control, and field data collection of wind farms. The companies represent the key players in the energy industry in Denmark. They have excellent market positions in the respective field of wind energy (VWS, KK), motor drives (DD), pump systems (GF), power supplies (Horsodan and Danfysik), and provide strong feedback to the project from market and manufacturing experience as well as where are the real bottlenecks in product development.

Overall, the partners bring together a facilitative innovation culture, fruitful linkages and learning capabilities, and all necessary research, development and commercialization skills to ensure a successful APETT project.

Exit strategy

The project is established between partners with long-term relations and cooperation through the Center of Electrical Energy Systems (CEES - www.cees.dk) and knowledge will be shared during the project. Models development will continue at universities and in companies after finalization of the project.  Important Danish providers of wind turbines and subcontractors (e.g., Vestas, KK Wind Solutions), industry motor drives (e.g., Danfoss), pumps (e.g., Grundfos), and power supplies ((Horsodan and Danfysik) will apply the developed concepts, models, and tools for product design. 

The project will drive knowledge from TRL 2-3 to TRL 5 in a joint effort between companies and universities, enabling companies to convert the knowledge to new products and product improvements (TRL 6-9).  The project will in addition create the foundation for “digital twins”, which will continue to be developed to achieve better insights of the product lifecycle and create data for future improved simulation models and tools.