Our experts: Dr Sinan Li, Associate Professor Weidong Xiao, Professor Jian Guo (Joe) Zhu,

Our academic partners: The University of Hong Kong

Our industry partners: HelioEnergy

Power electronics is the application of electronic circuits to convert electrical energy between different forms. Used in a wide range of applications from mobile phones to spacecraft, it is also one of the key technologies enabling the broader adoption of ‘green’ technologies (e.g. renewable energy generation and electric vehicles) and realising Australia’s energy-saving and carbon-neutral vision. Today, over 30% of the world’s primary energy (non-renewable and renewable) is processed using power electronics devices, which is expected to reach 80% by 2030. With billions of renewable energy generators and electric vehicles expected to be deployed ubiquitously over the next decade, power electronics will be a key driver in the next phase of the global energy transition. 

To drive faster and broader adoption of sustainable technologies, we take a holistic approach to developing future power electronics, focusing simultaneously on efficiency, power density, weight, cost, practicality, and manufacturability. We focus on the three key energy industries: renewable energy, electric vehicles, and consumer electronics. We have expertise in materials science, power devices, circuits and systems, control theory and computational field analysis. We aim to solve the most challenging problems in the field of PE. 

The result will be greater adoption of renewable energy and maintaining Australia’s leadership in a wide range of sectors, such as renewable energy and electric vehicles, which require rapid development cycles and the realisation of Australia’s zero carbon vision.


Prof Gregor Verbic