News Release — Logan, UT — Apr. 16, 2021 — A team of researchers from Utah State University’s Power Electronics Lab have developed a DC current-to-DC voltage power converter. This converter is equipped for long distances and minimal maintenance, making it particularly useful in underwater power distribution networks.
Tarak Saha, a recent graduate of USU’s electrical engineering PhD program, designed the converter. Three other researchers, including recent PhD graduate Anindya Bagchi and electrical and computer engineering faculty Hongjie Wang and Regan Zane, added other operational aspects to Saha’s design and helped him build and test it. Their work was recognized with a patent in early March.
Scientists have been interested in building power networks on the ocean floor for years and for a number of reasons: ocean exploration, marine resource development, earthquake and tsunami monitoring etc. But because these networks often include a main power