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ERDF077: Electrical Energy and Efficiency Laboratory for the University of Malta

Project Cost: €608,569
Beneficiary: University of Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2011

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project set-up the infrastructure required for an Electrical Energy and Efficiency Laboratory at the University of Malta through the provision of state-of-the-art equipment concerned with: RES and conventional means of generation; conversion, storage and control of energy and its grid-connection. The project invested in equipment for monitoring of electrical energy, its efficiency, and power quality.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Operational Objective: To undertake a number of smart investments in the knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in higher education;
Priority Axis: PA1 Enhancing Knowledge and Innovation
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA1 Investment in RTDI and RTDi-related Infrastructure and ICT

Project Objectives

To support Malta’s efforts of expanding its human capital base in science, engineering and technology; and contributing towards a growing and knowledge-based, competitive economy through the provision of tertiary education (undergraduate and postgraduate), as well as advanced RTDi activities in collaboration with industry and international research institutions and also promote the area of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Project Results

The project will result in the setting up of a fully equipped and functional Electrical Energy and Efficiency Laboratory at the University of Malta to be used for teaching and research in this area of Electrical Engineering. Such an objective will be achieved through the installation of the modern equipment listed below that address the needs of the Electrical Energy and Efficiency laboratory:• Propriety Electrical Systems Software• Power System, Power Electronics and Electric Machine Design Software • Renewable Energy Sources (RES) • Grid connected inverters for RES • Wind turbine system • Alternative pv systems • Storage Systems( Fuel Cell, Batteries, Flywheel UPS) • Data logging Equipment and Environmental Monitoring Probes• Web Server Microcontroller boards• Medium Scale Generation and Domestic Energy Applications (and PCs)• Fuel powered generator synchronised to grid• Generator and UPS Power Flow Instrumentation • Domestic Energy Utilisation Equipment • Domestic Power Management & Metering • PCs for control and software + printer • Power Quality and Energy Efficiency • PFC equipment (switch able capacitor banks)• Power Quality Instruments • Transformers and Load Banks• Harmonic sources and Active Filter • Passive Filters• Embedded System Controllers• Interfacable Power Converters• Bench Power Supplies• Compact Power Converters (for active filter set-ups)• Industrial Energy Applications • High Bandwidth Instrumentation (Oscilloscopes, Current and Voltage Probes)• Calibration Equipment and Industrial Meters • Spectrum Analyser• Embedded System Controllers• Torque Transducer + Accessories, DC Drive• Various Electrical machines Designs (medium to high power)• Harmonic and EMI Filters for Electric Drives • Interface-able Power Converters• Bench Power Supplies• High Power Eddy Current Dynamometer + Excitation• Provision of Laboratory Furniture and Works• Installation upgrading: cable, switchgear, installation work• Lab furniture(bench set-ups, chairs, lockers) The result is an investment in the University’s infrastructure aimed at establishing a support framework for enhancing RTD in the area of electrical energy and efficiency.

Project Purpose

• Setting up of the equipment infrastructure for an Electrical Energy and Efficiency Laboratory at the University of Malta.• Provision of engineers educated and trained on state-of-the-art technologies in Electrical Energy Technology and Efficiency.• Execution of RTDi activities in Electrical Energy Conversion and Efficiency.• Collaborative research with industry, public authorities and other (local/foreign) research institutions.