The Advanced Machines Energy Systems (AMES) group was established within the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.
The group has developed significant expertise in the management of energy systems, grid integration of renewables, and asset management. Their previous research on motor efficiency involved the US Department of Energy, Eskom and the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI). The current research areas include: monitoring and fault diagnosis of machines, PM machine design, induction motor efficiency estimation, fuel cell emulators and converters, wind turbine emulation and control, grid-tied inverters for renewable energy applications, load balancing converters, etc. Several undergraduate, MSc and PhD students are supervised in these research areas every year. The research findings are disseminated in peer-reviewed journals and at reefed conferences. The research program is funded mainly by Eskom, SANERI, THRIP and the NRF.