by Colin Poitras, UConn Today
UConn’s rapidly expanding power and energy research division received a boost recently with the hiring of Ali Bazzi, an expert engineer in advanced power electronics who comes to the University after a brief stint with the Delphi Corp., a global leader in electronic systems technologies.
Bazzi specializes in power electronics applications, electric drives, and renewable energy integration – those key pieces of technology used to convert raw, natural power collected by such things as photovoltaic solar cells and wind turbines into usable power for the commercial electric grid.
Power electronics applications are also used in the electric motor drives found in plug-in, hybrid, and full-electric vehicles. They help transfer and regulate the flow of electricity from an onboard battery to the vehicle’s drive train.
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