Professor Handy Fortin Blanchette

Energy conversion

March 10, 2016
Handy Fortin Blanchette is a professor
in the Department of Electrical Engineering at ÉTS.
Over the last decades, we have seen a multiplication in the forms of energy used in our daily lives. It is no longer rare to see an engine or a building fed by a variety of sources. In order for everything to function effectively and remain stable, these sources of energy often have to be converted. Handy Fortin Blanchette is an expert in the field of energy conversion. In other words, he is an expert in energy conversion.

Mastering electromagnetic fields

An improvement of a few percentage points in terms of the conversion process has a significant impact over the long term. In order to achieve this, we use new material, reduce weight, adjust the volume, enhance sustainability, and optimize the layout of the parts according to the electromagnetic fields, which cause considerable interference that hinders performance.

Expertise on the move

His expertise in energy conversion leads Professor Fortin Blanchette into countries where advanced technology is less common, including India, where close to 30 000 villages are fed by a variety of extremely unstable energy sources. Within the context of a joint project with a Québec company, we are attempting to connect all of these energy sources to multiport converters that will convert the energy and stabilize the voltage. The converters were designed by Professor Fortin Blanchette.

Optimizing through simulation

Today, multinationals make extensive use of simulations. Using real-time simulators, Handy Fortin Blanchette and his colleagues are able to reproduce physical phenomena at the same speed at which actually occur, which allows them to optimize the systems and improve the performance of energy converters.

Converting energy is one thing, but Handy Fortin Blanchette is also passionate about transforming matter. A born carpenter, he can build a house as easily as some can cook up a meal. He loves the tangible aspect of manual labour, on which he is not shy to spend a great deal of... energy.

“At a time when the world’s energy needs continue to grow, there is no such thing as an insignificant advancement in the field of energy conversion.”

About Handy Fortin Blanchette

A Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Handy Fortin Blanchette has acquired more than 10 years of experience in industry. His areas of expertise include modeling and fabrication of high-density power converters and the simulation of electric traction units in deferred- and real-time using a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).

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