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Mike Barnes is a Professor  in the Power Conversion group in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He graduated with the BEng and PhD degrees from the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK in 1993 and 1998 respectively, where he was also a research associate and then lecturer. He joined the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST, now the University of Manchester) in 1997 as a lecturer in power electronics, and has developed research interests in High Voltage DC Transmission, Offshore Wind Energy and Flexible AC Transmission Systems. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.


BEng (Warwick), PhD(Warwick), FIET, SMIEEE, FHEA

Research interests

Mike's research in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is in the field of electrical energy conversion and power electronics.

Mike's current research focuses on using high-current high-voltage semiconductor circuits to reduce electrical power consumption and/or improve the use of renewable energy generation. At present the main focus of his research is to use advanced systems models, coupled with intelligent control of these power electronic converters, to achieve reductions in size and cost of power electronics systems in off-shore wind applications, smartgrids and High-voltage DC transmission.

My group

Power Division


Mike has so-far supervised and co-supervised 24 doctoral students to completion. His currentresearch covers the areas of renewable energy generation, storage, HVDC, FACTS, smartgrids and power electronic systems. Enquiries would be welcome from future students in these, or related, areas. Please note however, Mike is not offering internships at the moment.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


  • HVDC
  • power electronics
  • wind energy


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