The Florida Power Electronics Center, (FPEC) at the University of Central Florida was established in 1998 to carry on research and development activities in solar energy conversion systems using power electronics as an enabling technology. The Center's mission is to develop advanced energy conversion technologies for solar and other renewable sources through multidisciplinary engineering research and education in the field of power electronics. The research vision is to achieve significant improvements in power density, efficiency, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of electric energy processing systems by developing innovative topology and control techniques, power semiconductor devices, passive components, and packaging and system integration techniques.
The center's research has resulted in the publication of more than 150 journal articles and 400 presentations to international and national conferences. Graduated more than 40 Ph.D. Dissertations, 50 MS Theses, and more than twenty-five U.S. patents. Funding agencies include: Department of Energy, Ford, Lockheed-Martin, Free Scale, Army, Air Force, NASA, Emerson, Petra Solar, Intel, Electrodynamics, Lockheed Martin, Allied Signals, ApECOR, and the Industry Application Society of IEEE. The center secured more than $13 million in research funding. FPEC was part of a $8.75 million for UCF's research in energy conversion and integration technologies as part of a $50 million State of Florida Center of Excellence, now known as Florida Solar Energy Consortium (FESC).
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