Research AssociatePhD (UBC)
Office: KAIS 3075
Phone: (604) 822 6024
Dr. Emanuel Serban specializes in research and development of advanced renewable and energy storage systems.
As a professional electrical engineer at Xantrex Technology Inc., he developed several power electronics platforms for industry and renewable backup applications (1997-2009). His active involvement in industry research resulted in the successful deployment of residential and commercial platforms (e.g. XW system), for renewable and energy storage applications.
He has been with the Solar Business at Schneider Electric, Vancouver, Canada (2009-2019), where he was R&D Chief Engineer, Power Electronics Design. In 2019 he joined the University of British Columbia, Electrical and Computer Engineering, where currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor. Since 2020, he is R&D Engineering Manager at EnerSys, Energy Systems, Canada.
In a multidisciplinary environment of power electronics R&D, he implemented new control methods and optimization of power conversion topologies in the power range of 1W to 100kW. He developed innovative solutions in multi-level converters for solar photovoltaic applications. He is the holder of several patents with applications in solar photovoltaic and energy storage systems.
His strong track record for R&D work in Power Electronics complemented by the design expertise in converter topologies, controls, magnetics enabled him to deliver high-performance power electronics products. Dr. Serban developed single-phase and three-phase commercially available converters for residential and commercial solar and electrical energy storage applications.
Dr. Serban’s intensive contribution to research and development of power electronics products deployed worldwide opens new avenues for mentorship of graduate students and expanding their skill set to full potential. He holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania (1995). In 2017 he received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computing Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. He was awarded the best IEEE PELS PhD Thesis (2019).
His main fields of interest are in power electronics modelling and control, analysis and design of power converters for renewable and
energy storage systems.
- Power electronics modelling and control
- Analysis and design of power converters for renewable
- Energy storage systems