Power Electronics and Energy Research Group

The Power Electronics and Energy Research (PEER) Group, formerly the Power Electronics Research (PERG) Group, was initiated at Concordia University in 1986. The research of the group is supported by various grants from Federal and Provincial Agencies, as well as industry. The PEER Group offers a program in static power converters, electric machines, drives and renewable energy that serves students at the university as well as engineers already established in the industry. The courses are offered on the Sir George Williams campus of Concordia University in downtown Montréal. The PEER Group research laboratory is located in the EV building at the corner of Guy and Sainte-Catherine streets.

Research Areas

Research Areas of the PEER Group:

Transportation Electrification

  • Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Railway Transit Electrification
  • Traction Motor Design and Automotive Electrified Powertrain
  • Automotive Power Electronics and Motor Drives
  • Battery and Ultra-Capacitor Storage Systems
  • More Electric Aircrafts
  • Fuel Cell Vehicles

Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

  • Algorithms for Machine Efficiency
  • Advanced Models for Core Losses
  • Electrical Machine Design
  • Adjustable Speed Drives
  • Digital Control of Advanced Motor Drives
  • Advanced Propulsion Applications
  • Control of Power Electronic Converters

Renewable Energy and Energy Harvesting

  • Photovoltaic Systems (PV)
  • Vibration Energy Harvesting
  • Emergency Power
  • Wind Energy
  • Osmotic Power
  • Organic Fuel Cells
  • Hydro-Kinetic Power

Mini and Microgrids

  • Control and Communication of Mini-Grids
  • Rural Electrification
  • Distributed Power Systems

Dr. Pragasen Pillay


Professor Pragasen Pillay is an IEEE Fellow. He is leading the Power Electronics and Energy Research (PEER) Group at Concordia University with over 20 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and engineers. His research focuses on electric machine design for electrified transportation.

Dr. Luiz A. C. Lopes


Professor Luiz Lopes is a Senior IEEE Member. His current research interests include microgrids islanding detection schemes, distributed power systems, control of power electronic converters, and renewable energy sources.

Dr. Chunyan Lai

Associate Professor

Professor Chunyan Lai is a Senior IEEE Member. Her research interests include electric machines: drives and controls. She has been awarded the New Scholar Concordia University Research Chair in Transportation Electrification since 2020.