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Monday, 29 May 2017
Setting up of an Electrical Energy and Efficiency Laboratory – University of Malta
The University of Malta is one of the beneficiaries of the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2007-2013.  The Department of Industrial Electrical Power Conversion within the Faculty of Engineering will be benefitting under the project “Electrical Energy and Efficiency Laboratory for the University of Malta”. The ERDF funded project consists in the setting up of a laboratory that will be used for teaching and research in the area of electrical energy generation, conversion, its efficient use and quality of supply.

This project is aimed at setting up a facility that will improve Malta’s research and development potential in the applied engineering field of Electrical Energy. The facility will enable research in: the field of energy conversion from renewable energy sources (RES) such as solar and wind; the design, construction and control of power electronic converters; the simulation and analysis of the interaction of RES with the Maltese Electrical network; the improved usage of traditional energy sources; the increase of electrical energy efficiency in domestic and industrial applications and the improvement of power quality.

The Department of Industrial Electrical Power Conversion offers both first degrees and post-graduate research degrees in the area of Electrical Engineering.  The facilities will be used by undergraduate students and researchers.  The infrastructure will allow for the development of prototypes used for power conversion and will be used to obtain scientific and research data on energy generation via alternative energy sources.  The laboratory will also offer an environment where studies concerned with: energy conversion and its control; distributed generation; improvement of power quality and electrical energy efficiency shall be carried out.

This project is directed towards facilitating knowledge transfer to students and to support an increase in Malta’s S&T graduate population.  This will ensure that the graduates of the Faculty of Engineering will be equipped with a variety of skills oriented towards their roles in Malta’s expanding high added-value industries, thus enabling the Maltese economy shift to one which is knowledge-based and creating a regional centre of excellence in Electrical Engineering in the field of Energy, and its efficient use.

This project is part-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund 2007 – 2013.