Advanced Energy, CU partner on first of kind power research project

Wednesday July 31, 2019 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, Advanced Energy, CU Boulder, Dr. Isabel Yang, John Dorrenbacher, Dragan Maksimovic

FORT COLLINS  -- Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEIS) announced it is partnering with the University of Colorado Boulder to investigate applications of advanced power topologies and control techniques for emerging process power applications in a sponsored three-year program, with sponsorship support from AE’s Bob Porter Fellowship grant.advanced-energy-logo

The collaboration encompasses creative endeavors combined with the most innovative resources from two Front Range leaders in power conversion -- Advanced Energy (AE) and CU Boulder -- with the goal of enabling new thin film process technologies and enhancing the performance and reach of existing process approaches.

The predicted outcome for the project will be a broader impact on the efficiency of both cost and power conversion, the partners said.

The first-of-its-kind research project is led by principal investigators John Dorrenbacher, AE’s senior technical staff member of innovation, and Dr. Dragan Maksimovic, endowed professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering at CU Boulder, who is an internationally recognized leader in power electronics research and education.

“We are honored to partner with world-renowned CU Boulder, whose researchers are empowered to explore new areas of energy science by leveraging resources and talents across the university’s dedicated institutes,” said Dr. Isabel Yang, AE’s chief technology officer.

“Dr. Maksimovic’s work reflects CU Boulder’s commitment to advancing energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies, and in so doing, sparking commercial opportunity, driving global impact and shaping tomorrow’s leaders in the field.”

Maksimovic co-founded CU Boulder’s Colorado Power Electronics Center (CoPEC) in 1998 and has since served as the CoPEC co-director. CoPEC’s research program in smart power electronics and digital control for high-frequency switched-mode power converters has attracted significant support from numerous industrial sponsors and agencies (NSF, DARPA, ARPA-E, DOE, ONR, DOEd).

A Fellow of the IEEE, he has published more than 300 papers in journals and at professional conferences and holds more than 30 U.S. patents.