High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory

High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory

The High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory

The High Voltage and Power Electronics Laboratory (HVPE) at OSU was established in 2007 by Prof. Jin Wang. It currently consists of a 3600 sq. ft. main high voltage facility and two satellite power electronics laboratories. The high voltage lab is the only one of its kind among the universities in the Midwest. Its operations are strongly supported and heavily utilized by aviation and electric power related industries. The power electronics facilities are unique to the universities in State of Ohio and belong to only handful of power electronics labs in the United States that deal with high power applications.

The research in power electronics area is aimed at integrating renewable energy and electrification of transportation. The combined research of high voltage and power electronics is geared towards large scale megawatt implementations of renewable energy sources and energy storage devices.

Since 2010, students at HVPE have won 22 IEEE Awards, including

  • 1 First Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2021
  • 2 First Place Awards at the ECCE Student Project Demonstration, 2015, 2017
  • 1 Second Place Award at the ECCE Student Project Demonstration, 2021
  • 12 Best Presentation Awards at APEC, 2010 - 2021
  • the Best Presentation Award at the International Future Energy Challenges 2018 (by undergraduate student team), and
  • 5 other best paper and best presentation awards in other conferences.

The facilities and recent research activities are sponsored by: ARPA-E, Army Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, Department of Energy, NASA, National Science Foundation, Ohio Federal Research Network, PowerAmerica Institute, ABB,  General Electric Aviation, GeneSiC, Toshiba, and Wolfspeed.

Last updated: Dec. 2021

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Director: Prof. Jin Wang

Jin Wang

Dr. Jin Wang (Fellow, IEEE) received his B.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, in 1998, M.S. degree from Wuhan University, in 2001, and Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University, in 2005, all in electrical engineering. 

From Sept., 2005 to Aug. 2007, Dr. Wang worked at the Ford Motor Company as a Core Power Electronics Engineer.  He joined the Ohio State University in 2007 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate professor in 2013 and full professor in 2017.  Dr. Wang's research interests include wide bandgap power devices and their applications, high-voltage and high-power converter/inverters, integration of renewable energy sources, and electrification of transportation.  Dr. Wang has over 200 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and 9 patents.

Dr. Wang received the IEEE Power Electronics Society Richard M. Bass Young Engineer Award in 2011, the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award in 2011, and the Nagamori Award in 2020. At The Ohio State University, Dr. Wang received the Ralph L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Innovation in 2012, the Lumley Research Award in 2013 and the Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education in 2017.  Dr. Wang had been an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications from 2008 to 2014.  Dr. Wang served as the General Chair and the Steering Committee Chair for the IEEE Future Energy Challenge in 2016 and 2017, respectively.  Currently, Dr. Wang serves as the Chair for the IEEE Power Electronics society’s Technical Committee on Aerospace Power, the Tutorial Co-chair for the IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (J-ESTPE).  Dr. Wang initiated and served as the General Chair for the 1st IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in 2013.