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High Quality Components Available for Power Electronics Applications at CPE23

Jubilee Conference Centre - home to CPE23

Explore optimised solutions and components from PPM Power at the Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) Annual Conference 2023.

The 2023 edition of CPE, organised by IMAPS-UK, will be held on 4th and 5th July at the Jubilee Conference Centre, University of Nottingham and brings together leading experts, researchers and innovators in the power electronics field to share insights, collaborate on new ideas and explore the latest advancements in power electronics technology.

Jubilee Conference Centre

PPM Power – as a leading provider of cutting-edge solutions and high-quality components for power electronics, high voltage, pulse power and analytical instruments – will present a selection of relevant products and solutions. Including:

  • Semiconductor modules, with the Hitachi RoadPak and Sanrex SiC modules; known for their exceptional performance and reliability.
  • DC link capacitors and test kit solutions; providing efficient and reliable power conversion capabilities.
  • HV switches; offering robust and efficient switching solutions for high voltage applications.
  • Capacitors; delivering high-energy storage and outstanding performance in demanding environments.
  • Connectors and resistors; ensuring reliable interconnections and precise control in power electronics systems, including EBG’s low inductive design, long-term reliability and performance.
  • Programmable power supplies; offering flexibility and configurability for various applications.
  • Cooling solutions, such as innovative cold plates that enhance system reliability and prolong the lifespan of DC link capacitors.

RoadPak modules on coldplateRoadPak modules on coldplate

In addition, PPM Power specialises in developing custom hardware solutions using the latest technologies to meet specific customer requirements. Recent developments include cold plates for integrated cooling of the components within a conversion system, and a silicon carbide inverter power stack for ultra-high power density applications.

Phil Surman of PPM Power said: “We are looking forward to the Centre for Power Electronics Annual Conference. It’s a great place to engage with industry professionals, share expertise and explore collaborative opportunities to drive innovation in the power electronics field.”

This CPE Conference will feature keynotes and presentations from leading academics and industrialists, views of the future demands for power electronics and drives, and the latest research advances from the Centre for Doctoral Training in sustainable electric propulsion.

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Enhanced Selection of Ceramic Capacitors

NY3 Series Ceramic Capacitor

Ceramic capacitors are used in a variety of applications such as high voltage power supplies, filtering, coupling and decoupling, timing, voltage multipliers and by-pass circuits. The ceramic capacitor voltage ratings are high for their size and offer a selection of dielectrics contributing to high stability or high permittivity.

PPM Power has expanded its range of Ceramic Capacitors from Dean Technologies to now encompass 11 Series divided into two application classes and four form factors.

Dean NY3 Series ceramic capacitors

Capacitor TechnologyForm FactorDielectric CodesCapacitance RangeTypical ToleranceWorking VoltageTemperature RangeCapacitor Class
NX5 SeriesDoorknob CapacitorT3M, Y5P100 - 8000pF+/- 10%10 - 50kVDC-20 to 85 Deg. CI & II
JX5 SeriesDoorknob CapacitorT3M / N4700, Y5P100 - 8000pF+/- 10%10 - 50kVDC-40 to 125 Deg. CI & II
NY2 SeriesRadial Lead CapacitorBxN, Y5P, Y5T, Z5U100 - 5600pF+/- 20%3 - 15kVDC-20 to 85 Deg. CII
CK1 SeriesRadial Lead CapacitorNP0, SL2 - 300pF+/- 10%3 - 6kVDC-20 to 85 Deg. CI
TY1 SeriesRadial Lead CapacitorNP0, SL10 - 220pF+/- 10%3 - 20kVDC-I
TY2 SeriesRadial Lead CapacitorBxN, Y5P, Y5U,Y5V, Y6P100 - 10000pF+/- 20%3 - 20kVDC-II
TY4 SeriesRadial Lead CapacitorBxN, Y5P, Y5U,Y5V100 - 10000pF+/- 20%3 - 20kVDC-II
NY3 SeriesAxial Lead CapacitorY5P, Y5U220 - 6800pF+/- 20%10 - 20kVDC-II
ST1 SeriesCapacitor StacksY5P, Z5U250 - 1000pF+/- 20%6 - 12kVDC-II
ST2 SeriesCapacitor StacksY5P, Z5U130 - 1000pF+/- 20%10 & 20kVDC-II
ST3 SeriesCapacitor StacksY5P500 & 1000pF+/- 20%10 & 20kVDC-II

Class I offer high stability voltage and temperature coefficients with low capacitance loss for resonant circuit applications.

Class II offer high volumetric efficiency, where only a minimum value of capacitance is required such as buffering, by-pass and coupling applications.

The stability of the capacitor is dependent on the ceramic dielectric.

As different dielectrics give the capacitors very different properties, choosing the specific type of dielectric is an important consideration, for example, NP0 is the best for high voltage, low temperature coefficients and stability.  BxN however, has 5% variation over the temperature range and only 2.5% loss on voltage.

NP0 Dielectric Curves BXN Dielectric Curves

Click on each of the dielectric curve images to view at full size.

To choose the best for your requirements, dielectric curve information is available across all of the series.

Contact our technical sales team who are on hand to help with any queries, bespoke requirements or order placement.

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New Ultra High Power Resistors for Lower Pulse Ratings

EBG ultra high power resistors

PPM Power has added to its extensive range of EBG high power thick film resistors with several new series specially re-engineered to cater to applications that demand lower pulse ratings.

The new additions offer superior performance and reliability for high average power applications. EBG ultra high power resistors have high isolation, long-term reliability and excellent thermal performance.

EBG ultra high power resistors

With the ability to maintain stable performance over extended usage periods, the ultra high power resistors have been used in a variety of applications, from power generation and transportation to motorsports and aerospace. They support power levels up to 2000 W and are designed to meet critical safety requirements, making them an ideal solution for applications where performance, safety, and reliability are essential.

EBG ultra high power resistors are available in various power ranges, sizes, tight tolerances and ohm values to meet each customer’s specific requirements. Each series can be quickly and flexibly adapted to the customer’s specifications. Contact our technical team to discuss your optimal solution.

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Ultra-Miniature DC-DC Supplies Optimal for Space-Critical HV Projects

UltraVolt AEQ series miniature power supply

Up to 600 V regulated output in less than a 13mm cube with the new AEQ Series.

PPM Power is excited to announce the release of a new series of Ultra-Miniature High Voltage DC-DC Converters from Advanced Energy. They are designed to offer power supply solutions for high-voltage applications, and are ideal for projects where space is a critical factor.

UltraVolt AEQ series miniature power supply

In less than a 13mm cube, the AEQ Series offers up to 600 VDC. Despite their small size, these power supplies are powerful and efficient. Their programmable input and 1500 V input-to-out isolation gives the user the best of both worlds – a source of precise, remotely programmable high voltage power, isolated to 1500 VDC, but with none of the drawbacks normally associated with proportional designs.

These new DC-DC converters are ideal for a wide range of applications, such as medical equipment and scientific instruments – especially hand-held and portable devices. With a compact size and high voltage capabilities, they are the ideal solution for any space-critical high-voltage project.

PPM Power continues to strive to meet our customers’ needs by providing them with the latest technology and solutions to achieve their goals. We are looking forward to working with our customers to explore how these DC-DC converters can enhance their projects.

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Meet the Power Electronics Experts at PCIM Europe

PCIM Europe conference

Discover optimised power electronics components and solutions for your application this May from PPM Power.

PCIM Europe, the annual meeting place for the power electronics, intelligent motion, renewable energy and energy management industries from around the world, is taking place in Germany in May, bringing the industries together to explore the latest advancements in power electronics technology.

PCIM Europe conference

At the event you’ll get the opportunity to explore PPM Power’s expert power conversion solutions, and chat to the knowledgeable team about how to optimise your application. Their components and solutions are trusted across a wide variety of applications, providing unmatched performance and efficiency across the board.

Engineers, researchers, developers, and industry professionals alike are drawn to PCIM Europe each year to learn valuable insights from the technical sessions, make connections with industry experts and peers, and to stay up to date with the trends and developments within power electronics. It’s an event not to be missed by anyone in the field.

With unparalleled quality and reliability, a wide range of customisable solutions, and the expert support of the experienced team, you’ll discover why PPM Power is leading the market in power conversion components like inverter DC link capacitors, SiC converter test kits and HV pulsed capacitors.

PPM Power's Cygnus300 product to be displayed at PCIM PPM Power's Roadstar product to be displayed at PCIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PPM’s Power Cygnus300 and Roadstar products which will be on display at PCIM

Whether you’re looking to power next-generation innovative renewable energy systems or medical devices, you want unparalleled performance, reliability, and efficiency. PPM Power’s commitment to innovation and quality solidifies them as a trusted partner in the power electronics industry, so stop by stand 418 to chat about your current application.

“The team are excited to be showcasing our power conversion solutions at PCIM Europe,” said Phil Surman, Sales Director at PPM Power. “We’re ready to engage with customers, partners and industry experts at the event and demonstrate how our products can help them achieve their goals.”

You can save 50% on your ticket for PCIM Europe this year, as PPM Power has secured you a unique code – simply enter PCIRBAUE33 when registering! PCIM Europe takes place this year in Nuremberg, Germany on May 9th – 11th.

Please contact us find out more.

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DC and AC Contactors for Repeatable, Safe Switching

Schaltbau CL series contactors

PPM Power is pleased to announce the availability of Schaltbau contactors that offer superior performance and reliability for a wide range of applications. These contactors have been designed to meet the demands of new mobility, new energy, industry, and railway applications.

Schaltbau C300 bidirectional DC contactor Schaltbau CL series contactors

The contactors are an ideal choice for demanding applications, providing repeatable, safe switching. They are designed with a high degree of flexibility, allowing them to be used in a wide variety of applications. Some of the benefits of these contactors include:

  • Robust design for long-term performance
  • High switching capacity for reliable operation
  • Low noise levels for quiet operation
  • Low power consumption for energy savings
  • Simple installation and maintenance for ease of use
  • Variety of control and connection options for customisation.

Reducing the risk of arc flash

With compact arc chambers, the contactors provide low contact resistance and reliability without the need for cumbersome gas encapsulation. This breakthrough technology is an industry first and provides users with a much more efficient and reliable contactor option, even in high power applications.

Schaltbau CT contactor diagram

High voltage relays

PPM Power is also offering the new R400 high voltage relays, for use in industrial applications. The R400 relays have been specially developed for use in test systems where they are required for testing electrical safety. The switching devices isolate all non-active components during the high-voltage and insulation test procedure.

Schaltbau R400 high voltage relay

Choosing the ideal contactor

The contactors can be selected based on parameters such as voltage, application and configuration. Visit the DC Breakers and Contactors page to easily compare the range or contact our technical team to find the ideal configuration for your application.

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Best DC Link Capacitor? Power Ring from Advanced Conversion

Power ring vs. conventional capacitor temperature graph
Advanced Conversion’s Power Ring capacitors have a high performance design that reduces losses and inductance, while increasing the ripple current rating compared to traditional film capacitor technology. The ring shape construction enables extremely low internal losses (ESR) and minimises the inductive properties (ESL). For example, a 1000 µF – 600 V DC link exhibits ESR values as low as 0.15 mΩ. This performance makes the Power Ring capacitors one of the best DC link capacitors on the market.

Power Ring, the best DC link capacitor  Advanced Conversion best DC link capacitor graph form factor

How good is the thermal performance of a Power Ring?

The graph of temperature versus ripple current below illustrates the huge improvement in thermal performance delivered by the Power Ring design versus a conventional array of film capacitors. This performance improvement translates to a more efficient use of microfarads where high ripple current is an issue. Rather than adding capacitance until the capacitor bank can handle current to achieve the required life (which would result in increased cost and size), the design can be optimised for current handling instead.

Power ring vs. conventional capacitor temperature graph

Advanced Conversion can provide solutions using PEN HV film, which allows for higher operating temperatures up to 125 ⁰C.

The DC link capacitors are also designed with solid insulation, solving creepage and clearance issues typically found in high altitude and high voltage applications.

Using the Power Ring for a snubberless circuit design

A Power Ring DC link capacitor with integrated bus bar offers a loop inductance that can allow for a snubberless circuit design in some applications. Snubber capacitors get very hot since they are connected to the IGBT pins (often the hottest point other than under the die itself) and are almost never directly cooled due to the difficulty of connecting cooling plates. Their small size and poor cooling mean snubber capacitors are usually the weak link in the reliability chain for an inverter.

As usable operating voltage increases there can be a tendency to add a snubber to get every bit of safe operating voltage out of a system. The integrated Power Ring capacitor is a more effective method of reducing overshoot, and therefore increasing safe operating voltage, without compromising reliability or system lifetime.

Integrating DC link capacitor designs

Advanced Conversion integrated capacitor and busbar assemblies can be fully customised to match customer voltage, ripple current and mechanical requirements. The design capability is very broad with our project team working closely with customers to make sure the optimum solution is delivered.

APCS custom design process

In short…

A cooler DC link capacitor means a longer lifetime. A lower ESL means reduced overshoot and undershoot, which reduces stress. Removing the requirement for a snubber capacitor means lower costs, a smaller design and a longer lifetime.

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Easily Integrate HV Components with Ceramic Substrate Printing

EBG resistor capacitor circuit with ceramic substrate printing
Ceramic substrate printing is making it easier and faster to produce designs of compensated dividers or high voltage filter networks.

The fabrication of EBG resistors with extra passive components is now available to the design engineer. Custom value resistors can be printed onto the same ceramic substrates as other surface mount components.

The integration of other components with resistors on a single ceramic substrate eliminates the need to assemble multiple pieces, resulting in reduced production time and bill of materials. As an added benefit, the ceramic substrate also provides greater isolation for the resistors and other components.

Resistor Capacitor Circuit

To demonstrate the new capability, the below example shows a ceramic substrate, with resistors and surface mount capacitors. This resistor capacitor circuit was custom designed to fulfill the customer’s requirement of conserving space and simplifying manufacturing.

EBG resistor capacitor circuit

PPM Power’s technical experts can help with advice and optimised solutions based on your specific requirement. Get in touch today to find out more about ceramic substrate printing.

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Expanded Range of High Density 7.5 kW Programmable PSUs

Genesys plus 7.5kW programmable power supply
While traditional power supplies are fixed or give you few options, programmable power supplies offer more flexibility and multiple operating modes.

The Genesys+ 1U Series offers output voltages of up to 1500 V, constant voltage and current slew rate, arbitrary waveform generation and storage, internal resistance simulations, built in LAN and USB as standard.

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The rack mountable, space saving units have the highest power density and lightest weight available for its size; weighing less than 8.5 kg.

Introduction of Six New Configurations

With the addition of six new models to the product range, the expansion provides incremental and seamless choices in output voltage and current.

ModelVoltage (VDC)Current (A)Power (W)
G30-2500~30 V0~250 A7500 W
G60-1250~60 V0~125 A7500 W
G80-940~80 V0~94 A7500 W
G200-37.50~200 V0~37.5 A7500 W
G300-250~300 V0~25 A7500 W
G1000-7.50~1000 V0~7.5A7500 W

The units come with a five year warranty and can operate in constant current, constant voltage, or constant power limit modes and additionally offer internal resistance simulation.

The Genesys+ 1U programmable power supplies benefit from DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology and the latest generation components to obtain high efficiency levels of 91-92%.  Less internal waste heat ensures a higher power rating without compromising reliability. Cooling is provided by variable speed fans monitoring the ambient temperature and the output load for lower audible noise.

Applications

  • Electric and hybrid cars
  • General test or research
  • Measurement
  • Semiconductor fabrication
  • Battery manufacturing
  • Renewable energy

If you have any queries or want to place an order, contact our technical sales team.

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New Release of Power Ring DC Link Capacitors

Advanced Conversion Power Ring DC Link Capacitor with inward terminal feet

Advanced Conversion has released a new series of standard high performance  Power Ring DC Link Capacitors that feature an encased, single metallised polypropylene winding, with inward facing terminal feet.

The unique inward positioning of the terminal feet reduces the amount of space needed to mount the capacitor, thus reducing footprint and making it an ideal choice for applications where space is limited.

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Part NumberCapacitance (uF)Max Operating Voltage (V)Cap. Tolerance (+/-%)RMS Current (A)ESL (nH)
700D652500 uF600 V10 %210 A<5 nH
700D717500 uF700 V10 %175 A<5 nH
700D651215 uF900 V10 %175 A<5 nH
700D718115 uF1200 V10 %155 A<5 nH
700D71975 uF1500 V10 %140 A<5 nH

Power Ring DC Link Capacitors are a great choice for enabling silicon carbide modules and for a variety of applications such as motor drives, DC-DC converters and power supplies.  This is due to their high ripple current rating for a given micro farad value, high dielectric strength and low leakage current.

These products are designed for long-term exposure to elevated temperatures, continuous thermal cycles and transportation vibration.

The patented technology offers industry-leading power density and ESL/ESR performance in a compact package.

Contact our technical sales team for helpful advice to ensure you get the right product for your needs or to place an order.

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