The Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems (PGS) is working on dispersed electrical power generation with a focus on renewable sources. Presently, the main area is on the both economically and ecologically interesting power range of 1 – 10 MW. From a technology point of view PGS works in the area of power electronics as well as electrical storage systems. Besides components, system oriented research is also being carried out, to realize sustainable, high efficient as well as cost effective solutions.
PGS, formerly the high-power medium-voltage research group of the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) of RWTH Aachen University, has been working for over 40 years on medium-voltage power electronics and electrochemical storage systems. Whereas PGS has its research foci on high-power systems (> 1 MVA) for utility applications, including power semiconductor components, converter technologies and controls, ISEA continues researching low-voltage power electronics and storage systems (e.g. photovoltaic, drives, automotive, traction, industry applications). PGS as well as ISEA are headed by Professor Rik W. De Doncker, who is supported by Professor Dirk Uwe Sauer, head of "Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems", both at ISEA and PGS.
Besides working on publicly funded research projects, another focus of PGS/ISEA is research and development activities in close co-operation with national and international companies within the already mentioned application areas. In addition PGS/ISEA offers engineering services (e.g. measurement/characterization, engineering opinion and consulting) for companies in nearly all fields of activity.