- Expands UTRC's reach of research across Europe
- Increases research capacity to advance technologies for commercial and aerospace customers
- Addresses Power Electronics research needs on motor drives and power converter areas
CORK, Ireland – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the innovation engine of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), celebrated the opening of a new Power Electronics laboratory in Cork, Ireland, by United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRC Ireland), further expanding the company's technical capabilities within the country. The addition of this state-of-the-art facility enables UTRC Ireland's researchers to advance technologies across the commercial building and aerospace industries.
"This is an extremely exciting time for UTRC Ireland," said Dr. David Parekh, Corporate Vice President, Research, and Director, UTRC. "As a company, we are constantly thinking about how we can better collaborate with our customers and move the needle with innovative technologies. The opening of this new lab enables us to do so by further expanding the reach of our research across Europe."
The Power Electronics lab in Cork will support the existing services offered to UTC's global business units, including UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) and Otis. This new lab will enable model-based control design and rapid prototyping of power converters and drives. Other significant activities will include measurement, parameter identification and characterization of power electronics equipment, electrical machines, and components.
"This facility allows us to serve both our commercial and aerospace customers," Parekh said. "Research at the new lab will focus on areas like motor drives and electronics safety architecture, directly benefitting Otis. Key focus areas on the aerospace side include power line communications, and health monitoring and diagnostics for UTAS."
UTRC Ireland employees work closely with respected universities in Aachen, Germany, and Aalborg, Denmark, in addition to its collaborations with UTC's business units. Most recently, the Research Center announced an investment of €500,000 in cash and €1M in in-kind contribution in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Cork (UCC). The Research Center will also support research financed by the EU, with a focus on aerospace, and programs sponsored by the Irish Government.
About Power Electronics
Technology is advancing rapidly and so are the world's energy demands. In order for the pace of technical evolution to continue, the way we address these demands also must advance. Regardless of whether it is for a fixed-wing aircraft or a city block, the way we produce and distribute power today will not suffice in the near future, and knowing how to manage and convert electrical power efficiently has never been more crucial.
Researchers at UTRC are addressing challenges in energy demands across a broad scale—from discrete, miniaturized devices, to the management of distributed campus-wide microgrid systems. UTRC's work in power electronics includes exploration into intelligent energy management of distributed and decentralized systems, high-density power electronics, new converter topologies, motor design and system power analysis, as well as energy management. UTRC is working to help reshape the way we generate, deploy, store and manage energy in order to build a more efficient and reliable future.
About United Technologies Research Center
As the innovation engine of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) supports the development of new technologies and capabilities across the company and collaborates with external research organizations, universities and government agencies globally to push the boundaries of science and technology. UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, California, and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; and Cork, Ireland.
About United Technologies Corp.
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs.
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