The Department of Electrical Power Engineering comprises four research centres/groups that carry out research and development in various power engineering related fields. The details of the research centres/groups can be found on their respective websites as follows:
The Centre of Electrical Energy Systems (CEES) was established with the mission of providing innovative research and development solutions to the challenges described above. The centre aims to be an internationally renowned centre of excellence and is currently undertaking research projects in various areas of energy sustenance and supervising postgraduate students.
The Institute of High Voltage and High Current (IVAT) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia was established in 1991. It was initially an educational laboratory which provides facilities for carrying out experiments, research and consultancy services in high voltage engineering beginning as early as the 1970s. The establishment of IVAT stems out from the needs of the country for a center which carries out research and development, test and calibration works in high voltage areas, so that efficient technologies and power system apparatus can be effectively employed for the transmission and distribution to the consumer of electrical energy. In 1992, the institute became the first institution in the country to be accredited to handle high voltage test and calibration works according to ISO/IEC Guide 25. In 2004, IVAT was accredited with the ISO/IEC 17025 in the field of high voltage electrical calibration. In certification, IVAT has also successfully migrated to MS ISO/IEC 17025 since July 2007 till date. Recently in 2013, IVAT was accredited with the on-site calibration and the scope of calibration had been extended up to 180 kV AC (alternating current), 180 kV DC (direct current) and 140 kV impulse.
The Power Electronics and Drives Research group (PEDG) dynamically involves in projects and research in the field of power electronics and drives. PEDG has a strong team who are actively involved in research and development with local industries and government agencies. PEDG constantly conducts short courses, conferences, technical talks and have publications in international refereed journals and conferences. There are more than 20 postgraduate students currently attached to PEDG group. Research topics include, but not limited to the following: control of inverters, multi-level inverters, fuzzy logic control of power converters, hardware-in-the-loop simulation, control of DC-DC converters, Direct Torque Control of induction motors, electric vehicle system and sensorless drives.
The idea of the establishment of Power Engineering Research Group (PERG) was initiated by the Department of Power, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. The main purpose of the establishment of PERG is to have a proper organization to handle Research & Development (R&D) activities for the Department of Power. With the establishment of PERG, the role of Department of Power can be focus on to provide quality teaching service to the students. While, PERG accommodates all the academicians, researchers and industry affiliates under one roof for R&D activities. The establishment of PERG also inline with the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s ambition to brand itself as an Innovative University.