Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Arash Amiri

Research Associate in Power Electronics

Tel: +44 (0)1509 635354

Location: MBG.0.L01, Garendon Wing

Arash is a Research Associate in Power Electronics working in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). Before joining CREST in 2017, He had worked in industry as a Lead Design Engineer with FT Automation Co. for 8 years, followed by a Research Associate role at Aston University for 2 years.

Arash’s research interests are:

  • Power Electronics Converters (Modelling, Design, Implementation),
  • Power Electronics Application in Power Systems, specifically LV Distribution Network,
  • Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Systems,
  • Electrical Machines Drive,
  • Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors,
  • Digital Control and Signal Processing for Power Electronics Converters,
  • Industrial Automation.

Arash is already working on an Innovate UK/EPSRC funded project, “A Low Cost High Capacity Smart Residential Distribution Network Enabled by SiC Power Electronics”. This project is a collaboration between Loughborough University, Western Power Distribution, Anvil Semiconductors, Exception EMS, Schneider Electric and Turbo Power Systems.

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Arash received a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from SRTTU University, Tehran, Iran, in 2006 and a M.Sc. degree in Power Electronics from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, in 2010.

Arash is already working on an InnovateUK/EPSRC funded project, “A Low Cost High Capacity Smart Residential Distribution Network Enabled by SiC Power Electronics”.

This Project is looking at an innovative solution to the problems associated with; first, increasing demand for power in residential networks, and second, voltage limit violations caused by an increase in the connection of distributed generation (DG) and energy storage devices.

This project follows on from a TSB Feasibility Study which showed that a cost effective solution to these problems can be achieved on the existing infrastructure by increasing the local network phase voltage to 400 V (existing cable is rated at 600V). To step the voltage back down to 230 V at each house, a DNO-owned, low-cost, high-efficient Power Electronic Converters (PECs) will need to be installed in the meter-box. This system will not only increase network capacity and resilience, but also provide optimised connections for emerging EV charging, DG and energy storage, and facilitate the realization of "smart-grid".

The project will develop a PEC prototype which will be deployed by Western Power Distribution in a small-scale demonstration of the project.

Arash’s research focuses in this project are:

  • PEC impact on consumers and LV distribution network,
  • Protection in presence of PEC,
  • Investigating alternative configurations for PEC.
  • Implementing and testing new topologies for PEC.

The project fund is £1.1M and is shared between the partners; Loughborough University, Western Power Distribution, Anvil Semiconductors, Exception EMS, Schneider Electric and Turbo Power Systems.