Roger Dougal (Chair)
Professor Dougal leads the Power and Energy Systems research group, which tackles complex and often interdisciplinary problems in energy conversion. Power electronics are at the heart of these systems, but the applications range broadly from electric ships to household appliances, from battery energy storage to photovoltaic power generation. Direct current systems are the next big thing and present new challenges and opportunities – at the medium voltage level (thousands of volts) for industrial and commercial power to low voltages (tens to hundreds of volts) for smart energy management systems in homes. Related research organizations include the Electric Ship R&D Consortium (ESRDC), the Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), and Foundations of Engineering Education for Distributed Energy Resources (FEEDER).