Hemispheric University

Universidad Andrés Bello

Research Project Title

New Predictive Control System

Research Project Description

Technical summary: The technology corresponds to a mathematical optimization methodology in non-linear models. It allows to manage and optimize multiple control objectives in a simple and effective way. The solution is achieved by proposing a sequential methodology or cascade-type that resolves multivariable functions in complex systems, with no requirement to set weight factors getting global optimums.


Potential impact of the use of the technology: This technology allows quickly solve physical models with multivariate systems in an iterative way, with less conceptual complexity and control effort and without carrying out empirical tests. The resolution is achieved through a sequential methodology or type cascade, that solves the multivariablefunctions in complex systems in which, with the traditional processes it is not possible to distinguish the key variable for the analysis. In addition, this technology also reduces the amount of resources associated with computational processing, which is key to modelling electrical and energy systems for products, transport and electric industries.


Market: This technology is part of various electronic devices and has a broad field of application. In particular, this technology is proposed to be integrated into a multilevel converter, developed by UNAB for the control and transmission of the electrical energy. Thus, it should be noted that in 2015 the global inverter market was estimated at USD 53.4 billion, while in 2020 it is expected to reach USD 71 billion (CAGR: 5.87%). The largest markets in 2020 (in revenues) will be represented by motor drives, UPS, and PV2. Europe leads the market segments for converters for use in solar cells, power transmission, motor control and train traction. The main players in this region are ABB, Siemens, ALSTOM, Scheneider, Ingeteam and Valeo. On the other hand, the Asia-Pacific region leads the segments for use in wind turbines, electric vehicles and electronics devices (based on segmentation matrix), with players like TOSHIBA, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC y HUAWEI.


Development status: TRL 3: Proof-of-concept.

Research Project Academic Contact

Jose Rodriguez, Electrical Engineering Professor