FREEDM is an NSF-funded ERC (award 0812121). For more details, consult www.freedm.ncsu.edu. Dr. Kimball was previously involved in the design of alternative topologies for the solid state transformer, and in system modeling. His current focus is an invariant-based approach to cyber-physical correctness. In essence, the correctness of the physical system (in this case, the power … Read more
This project is funded by the National Science Foundation under award 1157001 with a start date of June 1, 2012. Collaborators include Stuart Baur, Joel Burken, Curt Elmore, and Mehdi Ferdowsi. See also power.mst.edu/reu. The objective of this three year REU Site program at Missouri University of Science and Technology is to engage ten undergraduate … Read more
This work is funded by the National Science Foundation under award 1406156, with a start date of August 1, 2014. Microgrids are power distribution systems that are small where total generation capacity is similar to the total demand. Examples may be found in isolated villages, military bases that may or may not be connected to … Read more
This award was funded by the National Science Foundation (award 0900940) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). The performance period was September 2009 through August 2013. The objective of this research is to improve residential photovoltaic installations with switched-capacitor power converters. The approach considers a system topology in which … Read more
Dr. Kimball was a founder of SmartSpark Energy Systems, which became SolarBridge Technologies. In 2008, he ceased to have a regular, day-to-day relationship with SBT but continued on in a consulting role through 2014, when SBT was acquired by SunPower.
Speedline Technologies, based in Camdenton, MO, manufactures reflow ovens. KPE assisted in the analysis of an interaction between power converters and blower motors. This work spanned 2011-2014.
Basler Electric, based in Highland, IL, manufactures excitation systems for synchronous generators (among other product families). KPE assisted with simulations and analysis at various times.
The Missouri S&T Satellite Team is currently building a satellite in two parts, MR SAT and MRS SAT. This is a microsatellite, significantly larger than a CubeSat but small enough to fit on a table top. KPE is building the electric power system, or rather, the power conversion portion of the EPS. This consists of: … Read more
ITW Military GSE, located in Palmetto, FL, manufactures ground support equipment for military aircraft. A typical GSE unit supplies pre-conditioned air (to cool the avionics) and power (either 400 Hz or 270 V dc) so that the aircraft systems can run without the engine. KPE worked on both the main power converter and a variable … Read more