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Power Conversion

The Group focuses on advanced electrical machines and power electronic converters using the latest devices and materials, including superconductors to provide more efficient and effective electrical power conversion and control for transport and renewable energy generation, transmission, and distribution. 

Achievements, underpinned by advances in power converter and superconductor technologies, include demonstrating an efficient and compact silicon carbide converter for electric vehicle power trains, developing a magnesium diboride superconducting fault current limiter, invention of DC circuit-breaking concepts and contributing to the world transmission grid operator trade body position paper on DC transmission.

Research group



Prof Andrew Forsyth

Andrew Forsyth graduated with the BSc(Eng) degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, in 1981 and he obtained the PhD degree in Power Electronics from the University of Cambridge in 1987. Following industrial experience with GEC Electrical Projects, he has held lecturing positions at the universities of Bath and Birmingham and was appointed to the Chair in Power Electronics at Manchester in 2004 - a post that is co-sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Rolls-Royce.

Power electronics, Energy, Electric and electronics, Energy networks, Aerospace, Electric vehicles, Transport


Dr Roger Shuttleworth

My career started in power systems and power electronics, and involved work on the modelling of power systems, using both dynamic and computer models. I have since worked in textile instrumentation, and on circuit breaker actuators for vacuum switches.

Solar energy, Renewable energy, Technology, Power system, Energy networks, Energy, Power electronics, Electric and electronics, Thermal energy, Lighting, Infrastructure, Cities, Electric vehicles, Energy storage, Green travel, Energy efficiency, Waste


Prof Sandy Smith

My general research interests lie in the area of design and analysis of electrical motors, generators, drives and actuators using analytical or computational electromagnetic methods. Particular interests currently include induction machines and superconducting/low-temperature technologies in the industrial, marine, aerospace, and renewable sectors. 

Transport, Electric and electronics, Technology, Energy, Power engineering, Aerospace, Renewable energy, Sustainability