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Model Predictive Control for Wireless Power Transfer

Model Predictive Control for Wireless Power Transfer


Power electronics plays a key role in many modern industrial and domestic applications, having a major socio-economic impact. In the future, power electronics will be a key enabling technology, being wireless power transfer and electric vehicles one of the most promising application areas. In this context, the increasing performance and complexity of power converters, as well as the strong requirements in terms of efficiency, power density and cost, has made classical control techniques obsolete.

Considering this framework, this proposal considers the use of the high performance wideband gap-based TAPAS board as a perfect test-bench to develop new control techniques for power electronic converters. The selected application is a multi-coil wireless power transfer system controlled by using model predictive control. By using this technique, it will be possible to include complex control constraints that are not possible using classical linear control: soft-switching operation and monitoring, multi-load management, coupling tracking and operation optimization, among others. The performance obtained by using this approach will outperform current classical linear controllers, enabling the development of future high-performance applications. The results of this study can be applied to many fields including wireless power transfer for home devices, electric vehicles or induction heating, among others.

Technical set-up and implementation:

In this proposal, the TAPAS board will be used as a flexible power electronics set-up to power a multi-coil wireless power transfer system. This system will be based on a resonant converter, whose tuning and control require usually complex control techniques. Moreover, this system will be able to power and manage multi-load systems, being these constraints included in the control optimization process. In this context, model predictive control has been selected as a powerful technique to fulfill these requirements [1]. The implementation of such controller will be made in the uP architecture, being its implementation optimization for real-time operation of the study points [2].



Sergio Lucia. TU Berlin, Germany. Model predictive control specialist.

Benjamin Karg. TU Berlin, Germany. PhD student.

Oscar Lucia. University of Zaragoza, Spain. Power electronics specialist.

This project will require 1 TAPAS board



[1]        S. Lucía, D. Navarro, H. Sarnago, and O. Lucía, "Model predictive control for resonant power converters applied to induction heating," in IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, 2018.

[2]        S. Lucia, D. Navarro, O. Lucia, P. Zometa, and R. Findeisen, "Optimized FPGA Implementation of Model Predictive Control for Embedded Systems Using High Level Synthesis Tool," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 137-145, 2017.

  • Sergio Lucia
  • May 4 2018
  • May 8, 2018

    Admin Response

    this idea will get oneTAPAS dev kit

  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    May 08, 2018 11:13

    Hi Sergio, 

    thanks for your submission.
    We want to provide you and your team one TAPAS board.
    One of my colleagues will message you shortly.

    Nora @ TAPAS team

  • Admin
    Nora Schille (TAPAS team) commented
    June 04, 2018 13:58

    Hey Sergio & team,

    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. :-)

    Nora @ TAPAS Team

  • Jacqueline Hofmann commented
    June 20, 2018 12:41

    Hey Sergio & team,

    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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