🎉We can now proudly present the winners of the TAPAS Community Challenge 2018! 🎉
Congratulations to Team "Wireless Charging" (idea 56). We are really excited for all finalists and a really big thank you to all participants for your interest in this challenge!

We got over 200 submissions! 65 ideas got one or more TAPAS boards, 10 submissions were presentation-ready.
And now we have 5 finalists! YEAH 😃 The finalist's idea numbers were 40, 56, 68, 212 and 213.
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Smart Lab Tool for Power Transient Analysis

The main objective of the project is to achieve a cost-effective device which is capable of being used in equipment testing environments. The tests for which the TAPAS technology is to be used are aimed at testing the immunity of the equipment under test during power supply transients. The supply voltage levels are low voltage, both direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC). It is also proposed that single-phase and three-phase power supply systems can be tested. Some voltage levels that would be used during testing involve a dangerous situation. Therefore, another important specification is that the tests are performed without the possibility of electrical contact between the test operator and the equipment under test. This means that the operator must always maintain a safe distance from the test area.

The equipment configuration can be defined as the set of three blocks. First is the operator block. This block consists of a PC that, through a web browser, will be the client of the service provided by the Smart Lab Tool for Power Transient Analysis. The user must be able to configure parameters such as type of voltage applied (DC/AC), amplitude, frequency, type of transient. The user will also have access to test images. This will allow a visual inspection of the performance of the equipment under test during the course of the test. The second block consists of the test service server. The server must be able to provide a web page to accept the configuration parameters, acquire images from a webcam connected to it and program the TAPAS to perform the tests according to the parameters received from the user. Finally, the third block is made up of the TAPAS which is configured and executes the tests providing the voltage values to the equipment under test. The attached figure represents both the three zones and the equipment to be located in each of these zones. The system operator's zone does not have to be physically in the same place as the other two zones, as the system operator's zone can be physically separated from the other two zones via a local network connection (wired or wireless), or via the Internet. On the other hand, the Smart Lab Tool for Power Transient Analysis area and the area of the equipment under test should be in the same room.

The implementation of the complete system consists of two elements: a Raspberry Pi (can be any type of PC) as server and TAPAS. The DC power supply will be connected to both the Raspberry Pi and the TAPAS. The Raspberry Pi will be connected to a router via Ethernet or WiFi to provide the web service. The Raspberry Pi is physically connected to the TAPAS due to its compatibility. By using Python as programming language, user data is collected. Furthermore, the Rapsberry Pi programs the TAPAS for providing the output voltage. The power supply of the equipment under test is connected directly to the TAPAS.

The proposed development could be implemented by several people with different roles: software-oriented and hardware-oriented. But because of the simplicity of an initial proof of concept, it will be developed by a person with multidisciplinary skills. In the case of extending the proposed functionalities, it would be necessary to form a team of several people with different roles. A needed role should be oriented to Full Stack. Other needed role should be oriented to development of power electronics applications.

The implementation of this proposal requires only one unit of the TAPAS.

  • Pedro Plaza
  • Apr 16 2018
  • Apr 24, 2018

    Admin Response

    this idea will get one TAPAS dev kit

  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    April 17, 2018 11:20

    Hi Pedro,
    thanks for your submission.
    One question here: Why do you explicitly want to use the TAPAS Board? Can't this be done also with some simple microcontrollers and power stages or sth similar?
    Would be great if you can give us some more detail about this. 
    Thank you :-)

    Best,
    Nora @ TAPAS Team

  • Pedro Plaza commented
    April 24, 2018 07:47

    Hi Nora,

    Thank you very much for your interest.

    Answering your questions:

    • Why do you explicitly want to use the TAPAS Board? As we know, Gallium Nitride power transistor technology meets the needs of many different sectors (consumer, industrial and clean tech), customers can benefit from the advantages of these products, as these systems provide greater efficiency and lower losses than conventional technologies. In addition, the TAPAS provides flexibility and is easily reconfigurable as it is a technology based on "Software Defined Inverters" (SDIs). It also enhances the scalability of systems based on TAPAS.
    • Can't this be done also with some simple microcontrollers and power stages or sth similar? Of course we do. However, development times for variants based on simple microcontrollers and power amplifiers can mean delays in laboratory testing activities. Therefore, being able to develop a flexible, easily reconfigurable, scalable and modular system based on TAPAS allows us to focus on a higher level of development, achieving more complex applications with less effort and using less development time for the different scenarios we could consider.

    In addition, I would like to add that the idea put forward, apart from being a self-contained project to achieve a cost-effective device that can be used in equipment testing environments, is a proof of concept for future developments. These future developments are not viable to be implemented within the competition dates - the competition ends on June 13, 2018. The Smart Lab Tool for Power Transient Analysis can be easily integrated into the Internet of Energy - Education and Qualification initiative (https://www.ioe-edu.eu/), a project that could open a path for collaboration with the education sector. In addition, given the architecture of the proposed tool, it would not be too complex to develop a pocket laboratory as a spin-off from the Smart Lab Tool for Power Transient Analysis. This pocket lab could be used for applications such as: field fault emulator for railroad equipment (on trackside and on board) or, for example, portable and cost-effective educational laboratories for underprivileged areas or rural areas with limited internet access.

    I hope that I have clarified the doubts you have and, hopefully, we have the opportunity to be in time to work with TAPAS.

    Thank you very much for your attention.

    Best Regards,

    Pedro.

  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    April 24, 2018 09:22

    Hey Pedro,

    thanks for your detailed answer!
    We will provide you a TAPAS board. One of my colleagues will contact you shortly.

    Best,
    Nora @ TAPAS Team

  • Pedro Plaza commented
    April 24, 2018 10:58

    Thanks a lot Nora!

  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    June 04, 2018 13:34

    Hi Pedro,

    how is it going? Do you need any help regarding the realization of your project?
    Here is just a friendly reminder that submission deadline for your presentation is on 24th of June. :-) We are really excited to see your progress! 
    Please post the progress within your idea board submission.

    PS: We want to do a community call with you! Please use our doodle to find a date which fits best for you. :-)

    Best,
    Nora @ TAPAS Team

  • Jacqueline Hofmann commented
    June 20, 2018 12:29

    Hey Pedro,

    Please keep in mind that the submission deadline for your presentation is on 24th of June! We are already looking forward to seeing how you brought the TAPAS board to life! :-) Remember that you still have time to work on the implementation of your idea after the submission!

    Please upload your presentation and everything you want to share with us in your idea board entry.

    Good luck :-)

    Jacqueline @ TAPAS Team



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