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The Power Converters Division (PCD) is involved in research and development of various types of power converter required primarily for the various accelerators at RRCAT.
Over the years, a large number of power converters based on various power converter topologies have been designed, developed and successfully deployed for various applications. The application requirements and specifications of the power converters are diversified: the power rating ranges from few watts to few 100s of kilo watts; the output is ac as well as dc; stability of the load current varies in the range of 0.005 to 0.1 per cent of full load.
The power electronics technology is rapidly progressing with the motive of miniaturization, higher efficiency and better power quality. Therefore, emphasis is on the development and application of state-of-art technologies, topologies, components and control methodology.
The three labs namely Switch Mode Power Converter Lab (SMPCL), Converter Development Lab (CDL) and High Voltage Lab (HVL) respectively caters to various requirements pertaining to Indus complex, Infra-red Free Electron Laser (IRFEL) complex, and other important applications like high voltage power converters, explosive detectors, laser diode drivers, atom cooling experiment, electroplating, etc.
PCD is also involved in research and development of power converters for international projects like Facility for Anti-proton and Ion Research (FAIR), Germany.