Department of Electrical Drives and Machines

Research laboratories and scientific works conducted in the Department of Electrical Drives and Machines

The Department of Electrical Drives and Machines has research laboratories located in the Centre of Innovation and Advanced Technologies

  • Control and industrial information technology.
  • Conversion and utilisation of energy from renewable sources

These laboratories constitute the experimental base of research works conducted among others as part of projects co-financed by the European Union and the University grants. The most important currently implemented projects are:

  • Electric vehicle charging system integrated with the lighting infrastructure "PLUGinEV" – a project implemented in consortium with PGE Dystrybucja S.A., financed by NCBiR
  • Low voltage distribution network management, including the active role of the prosumer: "Active prosumer" – the project leader is the Łódź University of Technology, the other project partners are PGE Dystrybucja S.A. and Elkomtech Apator S.A., financed by NCBiR
  • Modular heat and cold accumulator for electric vehicles. A Ministry of Science and Higher Education programme Innovation Incubator+.
  • Synchronisation with the network of power electronic converters in the presence of network disturbances, specific tasks included in the research scope of projects
  • Control of passenger lifts and high-efficiency, error-resistant special drives for cabin doors and railroad toll barriers
  • Control and regulation systems for photovoltaic generators and wind farms.

The Department's offer for the industry includes the following works:

  • Fast prototyping of power electronics systems
  • Designing high-efficiency low-power drive systems
  • Inverter systems for cooperation with the power grid and renewable energy installations
  • Drive systems in sensor and sensorless technology
  • Innovation assessment of renewable energy technologies

Information on implemented teaching tasks

Based on research experience, the department's staff carry out classes in the group of subjects comprising machines and electric drives, electromobility and power electronic converters as well as wind and photovoltaic energy.

Within the first level of engineering studies, classes are conducted on machines and electric drives, mechatronics, electropneumatic industrial automation systems as well as electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. At the second level of education in the field of electrical engineering, the diploma specialty is the Microprocessor drives in industrial automation. On this specialisation, students learn the principles of control and regulation of drive systems in industrial automation and converter systems in electromobility applications.

The Drive and Automation Students’ Scientific Society in a unique way trains creativity and creative acquisition of new competences. It conducts training activities, developing professional abilities and searching skills for attractive jobs for graduates. Through problem-based solving of engineering issues, it supports professional passions and promotes deep understanding of known theories and helps the consolidation of knowledge.

Head of the Department: dr hab. inż. Wojciech Jarzyna (DSc, PhD, Eng, university professor)

Heads of research laboratories: dr inż. Krzysztof Kolano, dr inż. Dariusz Zieliński

Students’ Scientific Society supervisor: dr inż. Piotr Filipek

The secretariat is run by: Agata Kołodziejczyk, MA