TPS Win Contract to Supply Ultra-Efficient Permanent Magnetic Generators to Anax Power

Turbo Power Systems Ltd (TPS) are delighted to announce that they have signed a contract with US-based, Anax Power (Anax) for the design, manufacture, test and supply of high speed, Permanent Magnetic Generators that utilise active magnetic bearings.

Drawing on their impressive and successful track record, TPS have designed a bespoke high-speed generator for integration with the Anax Turboexpander (ATE). The ATE is a packaged turbine designed to generate electrical power from the flow and pressure let-down of natural gas at pressure regulating stations. The resulting system generates clean, distributed power that can be used on-site, sold to the electricity grid, or utilised in a variety of remote-power applications.

The TPS Permanent Magnetic Generators offer elite power conversion efficiency, and its high-power density enables a lightweight, compact system design. The robust Permanent Magnetic Generators use active magnetic bearings to enable high-speed, high-reliability operation with a low maintenance requirement due to the contactless nature of the magnetic bearings. This configuration enables seamless integration with the Anax Turboexpander across a wide range of pressure let down opportunities which is critical to Anax’s value proposition.

Nigel Jakeman, Engineering and Business Development Director at TPS comments, “We are thrilled to be working with Anax on this exciting and ground-breaking program; we have been working toward providing a suitable and robust technical solution to meet their challenging requirements for some time. As we move forward, energy efficiency continues to be one of the most pressing issues we face as an industry and our focus is to understand how we can improve and innovate our current and future products to be more energy efficient and provide both the fiscal and carbon saving solutions that our customers require. We look forward to delivering this novel generator solution and in doing so developing a mutually prosperous relationship with Anax.”

TPS will deliver this project from their impressive 50,000sq. ft. manufacturing facility based at their headquarters in Gateshead, UK.

TPS Win Award for ‘Best DSO Enabling Project’ at UKEI Awards 2019

Last night, Turbo Power Systems Ltd (TPS) were crowned victorious at the UK Energy Innovation (UKEI) Awards in the ‘Best DSO Enabling Project’ category, recognising TPS’s innovative bi-directional power converters for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications.

Held at the prestigious Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, the event brings together over 300 key players from the energy sector to celebrate recent technologies and projects that are advancing the transformation of the energy landscape.

This cutting edge and unique bi-directional system from TPS is capable of interconnecting Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, battery storage, PV solar cells, and the national grid within a public or private car parking area. These power converters will allow capacity sharing between the aforementioned energy sources and the grid in both directions. This V2G system supports the reinforcement of the distribution network whilst maximising the benefits and incentives to both consumers and Distribution System Operators (DSO) alike.

Carlos Neves, Chief Executive Officer at TPS comments, “We are delighted to have won such a recognised award for our bi-directional power converters. This innovative technology will facilitate the integration of Low Carbon Technologies into the electricity distribution network, while minimising their impact on the ageing network infrastructure. This development is part of TPS’ strategy to support the 2050 energy targets for greenhouse gases reductions while also increasing competitiveness and security of supply through the introduction of innovative power electronics solutions on the energy space. Our teams have been working extremely hard to develop this concept, so I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of them for this wonderful achievement.”

We’ve been shortlisted at the UK Energy Innovation Awards!

TPS shortlisted in 2 categories at UK Energy Innovation Awards 2019

Our ground-breaking EV charger converters have made it into the final round at UK Energy Innovation Awards (UKEIA) 2019!

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as finalists in 2 categories at the prestigious UK Energy Innovation Awards:

  • Best Innovation – Electricity
  • Best DSO Enabling Project

The event will take place on Thursday 26 September 2019 at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool. 

We have received this recognition due to our new bi-directional power converters designed for a proposed smart system that which will enable Electric Vehicles (EV) to give power back to the National Grid. These converters will facilitate the integration of Low Carbon Technologies into the distribution network, while minimising their impact on the ageing network infrastructure.

This unique system interconnects EV charging stations, battery storage, PV solar cells and our power converters within a public car parking area. TPS’s latest generation power converters will allow capacity sharing between the above-mentioned energy sources. This Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system would support the reinforcement of the distribution network whilst maximising the benefits and incentives to both consumers and Distribution System Operators alike.

About UK Energy Innovation Awards:

The prestigious event brings together over 300 key players from the energy sector to celebrate recent technologies and projects that are advancing the transformation of our energy landscape. UKEIA is returning this year with 12 new categories that reflect the rapidly changing industry. The event has become an unmissable opportunity for SMEs and high-growth innovative businesses to showcase their energy innovations and to promote their skills and technologies.

Don’t forget to book your tickets here and join us on 26 September to celebrate the UK’s finest innovators from the Energy arena. Fingers crossed we bring the awards home!

To see the full shortlist, view here.

If you wish to find out more about the shortlisted products, please contact marketing@turbopowersystems.com.

Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram to find out on who wins on the night! Good luck to all!

TPS & partners take Automotive Power Electronics to the next level! £1.3M received by UK Gallium Nitride consortium for GaNTT project

TPS enters Vertical GaNTT consortium to advance Automotive Power Electronics

Hybrid and full Electric vehicles represent one key area where stakeholders from the automotive industry are increasingly concentrating their efforts to produce more efficient and cost-effective components, such as DC-DC converters. To support multiple stakeholders and advance the UK’s automotive sector, TPS has taken a collaborative role in the vertical GaNTT project led by the Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC).

This visionary project has received £1.3m funding from the OLEV (the Office for Low Emission Vehicles) through “The road to zero emission vehicles” competition. We will be working alongside CSC and other partners from the power electronics supply chain such as Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, Newport Wafer Fab and SPTS Technologies. The consortium will also receive academic support in the power systems arena from the University of Swansea and Coventry University.

Wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors such as Gallium Nitride (GaN) are becoming one of the prevailing technologies in delivering more cost-effective, compact, lightweight and efficient power electronics systems for automotive applications such as Electric Vehicles. These facilitate outstanding system performance levels and can lead to lower lifetime costs compared to standard silicon.

Through GaNTT (Realisation of a mass manufacturable Vertical GaN Trench FET architecture), we aim to drive the development of a new process platform to advance Automotive Power Electronics where GaN is a core element. This voltage-scalable vertical GaN process platform (200V – 600V) will be suitable for, amongst others, Electric Vehicle applications and the resulting device will be evaluated in application as part of the project.

TPS will play an important role within the consortium as we will provide a Tier 1 automotive testing environment where we will assess prototype GaN devices against standard silicon by integrating them into a bidirectional DC-DC converter for EV.

Our vision is to deliver performance improvements that are in line with the Power Electronics Roadmap published by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). The roadmap sets challenging cost and efficiency targets for future power devices that couldn’t be met with conventional silicon-based technology. The 2035 targets for inverters and DC-DC converters are ambitious and will only be possible to reach using wide band gap (WBG) materials such as GaN.

Vertical GaN architectures are ideal for low to medium voltage and power applications such as On-board Charging (OBC) and DC-DC applications where higher switching speed is favoured. Our new ground-breaking GaNTT project outlines a clear route to meeting these targets through a UK-based supply chain.

This cross-cutting technology will not only be beneficial for automotive applications, but also suitable for the aerospace, defence and space sectors. The outcomes of GaNTT project will deliver the ambitious COx and NOx reduction targets set by the UK government and therefore will have a positive impact on important environmental challenges to the benefit of all UK citizens.

Dr. Nigel Jakeman, TPS Engineering & Business Development Director, commented:
“Vertical GaNTT can deliver a new generation of device that can see Gallium Nitride finally being adopted in higher power applications. We’re delighted to be part of the program and to be working with our partners, in particular to be assisting with delivery of the exciting semiconductor devices of the future.“

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Nigel Jakeman, Engineering & Business Development Director
+44 (0) 191 482 9240 / njakeman@turbopowersystems.com
Or
Ioana Briciu, Marketing Assistant
+44 (0) 191 482 9278 / marketing@turbopowersytems.com

Electrifying the UK – TPS enters pioneering partnership with industry leaders to develop first ever UK-centric supply chain for next-gen Silicon Carbide Power Electronics

TPS enters ESCAPE project to decarbonise transport through first UK supply chain of Silicon Carbide Power Electronics

TPS is at the forefront of decarbonising the transport landscape while taking on an important role in project ESCAPE, which aims to accelerate the UK’s low carbon capability within the automotive sector. We have teamed up with key players from the automotive and other UK-based manufacturing industries to facilitate the creation of an End-to-end Supply Chain for Automotive Power Electronics (ESCAPE).

Next generation Silicon Carbide (SiC) power semiconductors are a strategic technology that will play a fundamental role in decarbonising our transportation infrastructure. This project is critical to developing the SiC supply chain within the UK and has received £9.8m funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to create ground-breaking technology to support the drive for electrification in the UK and worldwide.

As part of this progressive initiative, TPS will develop a high-frequency rapid Electric Vehicle (EV) charger that directly connects to the Medium Voltage electricity distribution network. Such an approach diminishes the impact of EV rapid charging on local domestic substations and reduces the cost of necessary network reinforcement that will be required to support the drive towards vehicle electrification. Some of our key partners in this project are: McLaren Applied Technologies – project lead, AESIN (Operated by TechWorks), Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), Clas-Sic Wafer Fab, Exawatt, Lyra Electronics, MaxPower Semiconductor, Tribus-D and The University of Warwick.

Wide bandgap SiC semiconductor technology is rapidly gaining market share, where standard silicon devices have historically dominated, and are becoming a core component in the development of power electronics (PE). This technology facilitates power conversion at remarkable levels of efficiency whilst enabling compact and lightweight electronic converter designs, hence lending themselves ideal to the automotive sector. Developing the Silicon Carbide supply chain from a UK base is essential and is to become increasingly relevant for many transportation sectors including automotive, railway, marine and aviation, and also non-transport applications such as electrical grid interfaces and renewable energy systems.

TPS’s rapid charger using SiC technology is an industry-enabling solution that underpins the electrification revolution, while delivering a suite of benefits to all parties involved:
– CO2/NO2 emissions reduction through the acceleration of EV uptake and helping the UK achieve its challenging Green House Gas emissions targets;
– Enabling rapid charge of longer-range Electric Vehicles, addressing range anxiety which has long formed a commercial barrier to market adoption;
– Operating from higher supply voltages to address concerns about infrastructure and reinforcement costs required to address existing electricity distribution network constraints.

Bearing this in mind, it is no wonder that the UK demand for SiC is on a rapidly rising trajectory, thus leading to a growing requirement for a UK-based supply chain. Domestic expertise in SiC manufacturing and integration into PE systems will allow more and more local manufacturers to include this technology into their processes, hence reducing dependency on international supply chain. Through this project, by securing access to the domestic supply chain, local companies will be able to take their SiC-based products to mature Technology and Manufacturing Readiness Levels. As a leading manufacturer of SiC-based power electronic solutions, TPS was eager to participate in ESCAPE to help facilitate the production of these strategic high value components and their resulting systems within the UK. SiC is one of the key elements that we have been utilising in our latest projects to improve efficiency, reduce weight and size and improve reliability.

As the vast majority of vehicles are still running on fossil fuels, their exhaust gases are responsible for a large proportion of the carbon dioxide produced in the UK. Making these vehicles electrically driven and providing the necessary EV charging infrastructure will ultimately lead to the elimination of emissions associated with transportation and mobility, as well as reducing the UK’s dependency on imported fossil fuels. ESCAPE aims to support the government’s targets of reducing carbon emissions by advancing the transition to zero emissions transport, while bringing together industrial leaders and pioneers from across the supply chain to work as team to deliver this vision.

Dr. Nigel Jakeman, TPS Engineering & Business Development Director, commented:
“We’re excited to be part of this strategic incentive which recognises, not just the importance of SiC technology to developing the automotive and charging infrastructure industry of the future, but also the importance that UK suppliers will have in making it happen. We look forward to working with our partners who span the full supply chain from wafer suppliers through to automotive OEMs to deliver something exceptional and with national significance over the next 3 and a half years”

For further information, please contact:
Dr. Nigel Jakeman, Engineering & Business Development Director
+44 (0) 191 482 9240 / njakeman@turbopowersystems.com
Or
Ioana Briciu, Marketing Assistant
+44 (0) 191 482 9278 / marketing@turbopowersytems.com