The X-Bridges team of students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the world’s largest university competition

Cold team Faculty of Electrical Engineering University of Belgrade H-Bridges traditionally participates in the world university competition International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC), conducted by the largest international organization of electrical engineers Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This year team members H-Bridges will compete with some of the best universities from Germany, India, USA, China and other countries.

After two victories in 2005 and 2019, as well as winning second place in 2020, ETF students this season are performing with the task development of a three-stage solar inverter with a power of 1 kW for connecting a photovoltaic system to eelectrical network.

With the aim of testing the prototype in the most realistic conditions possible, solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Faculty building, which will be connected to the electricity grid just over H-Bridges invertora. Therefore, this project acquires a completely new dimension because its importance is reflected not only in the competitive part, but also in the always current promotion of renewable sources and clean electricity.

This team is engaged in serious research, which is crowned with even seven scientific papers, presented at prestigious international scientific conferences. It is at the recently concluded 35th traditional Conference organized by the Serbian National Committee of the International Council for Large Electric Networks – CIGRE Serbia, one of the papers H-Bridges team, whose authors Emilija Lukić and Isidora Dinčić in cooperation with the team mentor Aleksandar Milić, received the award for the best work within committee B4. In addition, the work of Katarina Obradović, Emilija Lukić, Jovana Plavšić and their mentor was declared the best work of a young author within the section for Electric Power at the conference ETRAN 2021. And most recently, at the 21st International Symposium on Power Electronics – Ee2021, Lazar Stojanović and Filip Bakić, also with their mentor Milić, won first place in the category the best Serbian scientific papers s temom Influence of delay on current controller stability and performance for mains inverters with LCL filter.

That is not the end of the success of these hard-working young people. At this year’s competition for The best technological innovation in the category of student teams, which was held on October 7 in the premises of the Rectorate of the University of Belgrade, as a representative of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, H-Bridges he put forward his idea called „Solar Bridge“. This represents a modular concept of self-supply of electricity through solar energy, which this team ranked among the top five in Serbia and Republika Srpska, which showed that their project has a real possibility of application in everyday life and represents a pledge for the future in the production of clean electricity.

H-Bridges At the beginning of the autumn semester, it accepted new members, for which over 70 students applied, mostly from the ETF, but also from other faculties of the University of Belgrade. This response shows a growing interest in participating in the team and their project. All members, divided into sub-teams for hardware, software, printed circuit board development and the public relations team and companies, work on a hardware and software solution, and in addition to technical, they also improve organizational and entrepreneurial skills.

Semi-final and final part IFEC competitions take place in countries around the world so members H-Bridges teams have the opportunity to travel and at the same time gain an unforgettable experience. Specifically, this time, the semifinal round will be held in March 2022 in the American state of Texas, in Houston.

IFEC The competition is a one-year multidisciplinary project that students realize within the given topic in the field of energy efficiency and innovative solutions. In the first phase of the competition, a solution proposal is sent, then the best universities are invited to the semifinals, and only the most successful teams measure their strengths in the final round. According to the rules, students work independently at all stages of the project – developing the conceptual solution of the task, making and testing a physical device, obtaining all the necessary elements for work, as well as funds to participate in the semifinals and finals of the competition.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade is among the most prestigious higher education institutions in Serbia and the region. Numerous student achievements, as well as the dedication and expertise of the professors have resulted in significant international recognition. In addition to the Faculty, many companies in Serbia and around the world recognize the importance of IFEC competition and the task it is H-Bridges deals and helps them in the form of sponsorships and donations of equipment and cash sessions that allow members to travel to the semifinal and final round of the competition.

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