TechTalk Presentations

ASPIRE Technology Showcase

March 20, 2024


Hongjie Wang - USU, Scott Trimboli - UCCS, Khurram Afridi - Cornell, Yuanrui Sang - UTEP, Patrick Singleton - USU, and Jenifer Ramos-Chavez - UTEP

Expect to hear how ASPIRE plans to

-    - Demonstrate interoperability among wireless charging systems,

-    - Select materials and methods to construct durable electrified pavements,

-    - Explore a combination of stationary and dynamic solutions for short-haul trucking,

-    - Enhance cost and adoption models using data from ASPIRE pilots,

-    - Further enhance our pathways to building trades, community colleges, and a robust K-12 ASPIRE student pipeline.

NACFE – Large Scale EV Truck Charging

February 21, 2024

[embed][/embed] David Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, NACFE

NACFE completed a demonstration of EV truck charging and operation by monitoring ten different depots in September of 2023. Join in and hear what they learned from visiting all 10 sites, interviewing 122 people and monitoring the telematics from at least two trucks at each site. Each depot had at least 15 EV trucks and some of the power requirements and challenges will be eye opening.

ASPIRE Student Scholars Showcase 2024

January 22, 2024

Emma Rieves, PhD Candidate, CU Boulder

Emma Rieves, a student from one of our affiliated ASPIRE campuses will present an overview of her contributions to one of our 4 Core Project Areas in which they are working, titled: "Exploring the air quality and health impacts of vehicle electrification in Salt Lake County" [embed][/embed] View Presentation Here

Wireless Charging – Fixing the Broken Paradigm of Deport Located Wired Vehicle Charging

December 4, 2023


John Rizzo, Chief Strategy Officer, InductEV

The race to net zero carbon emissions depends critically on the reduction of carbon from the transportation sector.   Inductive wireless charging is a key technology to help accelerate battery electric vehicle charging but do so in a way that doesn’t put additional pressure on the grid, during peak times, when electricity is produced with fossil fuels. The traditional approach of depot wired charging of commercial fleets is counter-productive to carbon reduction and on-route wireless charging is the solution.

Research on Electrified Roadway Systems (ERS) – within the E|Road-Center Bavaria/Germany

November 2, 2023

Dr. Alexander Kuhl, Director of Research, Center for Electromechanical Engineering

Dr. Kuhl will give a European perspective on the progress of Electrified Roadway Systems (ERS) projects. He will briefly introduce the Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) and the Mechanical Engineering Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) of the School of Engineering.  He will review the currently running projects related to ERS, and especially those connected to E|Road Center Bavaria. This will give attendees an opportunity to compare what is the focus in a European context and how that compares to similar initiatives in the United States.


Technology & Intellectual Properties Showcase

July 19, 2023


Alan Edwards, Utah State University Technology Office; Dorai Yelaverthi, ABB; Dr. Steve Pekarek, Purdue University

In this TechTalk ASPIRE will provide an overview of its existing technologies in broad terms and its pipeline of innovation with a couple of the inventors giving an overview of their technologies and relevant applications.

ASPIRE Student Scholars Project Showcase

June 21, 2023


Brian Gu, University of Auckland New Zealand, Ph.D. Student – Electrical Engineering; Sounak Maji, Cornel University, Ph.D. Student – Electrical Engineering; Oscar Moncada, Ph.D. Student – Civil Engineering; Project Team – Utah State University

This ASPIRE TechTalk will showcase 4 ASPIRE Student Scholars in 3 Breakout Rooms where they will provide an overview on the exciting projects they are working on. These students represent 4 of the 10 affiliated ASPIRE Campuses  

Standards, Fields, and Wireless Power – More Than Meets the Eye!

March 15, 2023

Ky Sealy, Senior Principal Engineer, WiTricity

Ky will present – Standards, Fields, and Wireless Power – more than meets the eye! Gain insights into the nuances of the standards world as we explore the past, present, and future of wireless power standards, regulations, and electromagnetic field exposure. [embed][/embed]

Leveraging Smart City Technologies Utilizing High Resolution BOTDA Sensor Systems to Create a More Efficient EV Charging Infrastructure

February 15, 2023


Dennis O’Leary, CEO & Chairman, DarkPulse, Inc.

DarkPulse, Inc. is a technology company focused on the utilization of laser sensing systems based on its patented BOTDA dark-pulse sensor technology (the “DarkPulse Technology”) that provides a data stream of critical metrics for assessing the structural health and security of the infrastructure. This presentation is about how to leverage that technology to build smart cities.

EV Charging and Energy Management Platform – Driving the Future of sustainable Energy

November 16, 2022

Eran Rozenfeld, Vice President North America, DRIIVZ Inc

Driivz is a leading global software supplier to EV operators and service providers, accelerating the plug-in EV industry's dynamic and continuous transformation. Watch their discussion on Major Areas regarding Electric Vehicles, such as the challenges and their ecosystem, and what role should be taken for energy management solutions [embed][/embed]

Measuring ASPIRE’s Unique Impact via Baseline Metrics – Looking Towards 2050

August 17, 2022

Alayna Hall & Zach Archibald, ASPIRE's Marketing Intelligence Team

In September 2020 Utah State University and other Universities including the University of Purdue, the University of Texas El Paso, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Auckland - New Zealand were awarded a 50 million dollar research center grant to be distributed over 10 years for the purpose of advancing roadway electrification. See what the aspirational goals and pathways are currently for the lifetime of ASPIRE on advancing these goals. [embed][/embed]

Achieving Broader Impacts in Society through Equity Research in Vehicular Electrification

July 20, 2022

Dr. Amy Wilson-Lopez, Associate Professor at Utah State University & Dr. Brandon Allen, Program Manager at Purdue University

Watch the discussion led by Dr. Wilson-Lopez and Dr. Allen on how ASPIRE can conduct research to explore whether, and how its equity-centered technologies, systems, community engagement efforts, and educational approaches are contributing to a range of positive outcomes. With a main focus on equity in the design of technology and systems and equity in K-12 Educational approaches and relationships. [embed][/embed]

WPT-EV: Achieving Ubiquity through Standards and Regulations

February 16, 2022

Ky Sealy, Senior Principal Engineer, WiTricity

Standards open the door for general interoperability and ubiquitous adoption of wireless power for electric vehicles. Several standards for light duty vehicles are already available after more than a decade of development, and standards for heavy duty vehicles and dynamic charging are now beginning development. Ky Sealy, Senior Principal Engineer at WiTricity Corporation, shared insights into the world of standards and ongoing regulatory discussions related to this exciting field. Download the PDF

ASPIRE panel on EV policy efforts: FHWA RFI response and US Code 23 Section 111 activity

January 19, 2022

Laura Kelley, Executive Director, Central Florida Expressway; Tallis Blalack, Managing Director, ASPIRE; Laura Rogers, Deputy Director, The Ray

Legislative policy decisions can and will continue to have a tremendous impact on EV adoption. This panel of experts discussed activities of ASPIRE's Policy Committee, the Federal Highway's RFI for EV Charging Infrastructure Deployment, and current and future activity around US Code 23 Section 111 and its impact on the ability to bill for charging on federal highway rights-of-way. Download the PDF

AECOM’s EV-Readi tool for transportation modeling

December 15, 2021

AECOM ASPIRE partners: Denise Casalino, Executive Vice President, Chief Growth Officer West Region; William Haas, Vice President, Energy Strategy & Growth; Dana Al-Qadi, Strategy Lead, Decarbonization and Electrification

The growing shift to EVs requires significant expansion of EV charging infrastructure as well as a fundamental understanding of expected EV adoption rates within the United States. To support such work, AEECOM developed, EV-Readi, a proprietary modeling tool to support transportation electrification related efforts for utilities, cities, transit agencies, and others seeking to understand and quantify the impact of increased electrification on their infrastructure investments, planning, capital projects, and operations. Inputs include various modules focused on early EV adopter characteristics, mobility access, EV equity, and land use to provide a comprehensive and customizable analysis that meets localized needs and priorities. ASPIRE’s AECOM colleagues presented on the unique and critical requirements for effective transportation electrification planning through innovative data application and modeling and how it can be used to support broad-based community electrification. Download the PDF

NACFE Run On Less – Electric

November 17, 2021

Dave Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency - NACFE

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is an unbiased non-profit organization focused on helping commercial truck fleets adopt technologies for fuel efficiency and sustainability. In this follow up from his March 10 preview presentation, Dave Schaller, NACFE Industry Engagement Director, discussed results of NACFE’s 2021 Run On Less - Electric demonstration in which 13 different BEV trucks were used by real world fleets hauling real world freight. The presentation included applications where electric trucks work now and indications of where the future holds great promise as well as challenges to overcome for expansion. Download the PDF

Ensuring Thermal and Structural Robustness of Pavement Embedded Wireless Charging Pads – Testing from Materials through to Full-scale

October 10, 2021

Simon Bickerton, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Tom Allen, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, University of Auckland

Wireless systems for stationary and dynamic charging of electric vehicles must be integrated within, and survive the harsh thermal and structural conditions created inside pavements. In this presentation, Professor Simon Bickerton and Dr. Tom Allen discussed research at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, that focuses on systems for flexible asphalt based pavements. Working from an understanding of the properties and failure behaviour of key components such as ferrite and litz wire, the discussion included multi-physics models that are being developed for structural and thermal design of inductive power transfer (IPT) pads embedded within asphalt. Download the PDF

Economic Viability of Second Life Electric Vehicle Batteries Used for Grid Energy Storage

August 18, 2021

Jason Quinn, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

Second life battery modules can have an imbalanced state of health (SOH) between cells, which can reduce battery safety, life, and depth of discharge. In this presentation, Dr. Jason Quinn, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University, reviewed work that evaluates the economics of a novel Heterogeneous Unifying Battery (HUB) reconditioning system that cycles battery modules to unify cells’ SOH to improve their second life battery performance. This ARPA-E funded work leverages techno-economic analysis to understand the economic viability of reconditioning. Results also include extending the system boundary to include utilization of the batteries in a grid energy storage system with revenue targets generated for the system to be competitive in current markets. Download the PDF

Advancing Transportation Equity and Environmental Justice

July 21, 2021

Jana Milford, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Environmental Engineering Program, University of Colorado Boulder; Ivonne Santiago, ASPIRE Co-Director of Diversity and Culture of Inclusion and Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso; K’yla Sims, Doctoral student in Political Science, Purdue University

ASPIRE's vision is to advance a sustainable and equitable future for transportation through widespread vehicle electrification. This presentation described some of the existing disparities in transportation access and exposure to traffic and traffic-related air pollution that have resulted from discriminatory practices. The presentation discussed principles of environmental justice that can help guide the vehicle electrification transition. Download the PDF

Michigan’s Approach to the Future of Mobility and Electrification

June 16, 2021

Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, State of Michigan

The presenter shared perspectives on how one Midwest state is navigating key policy topics and public-private partnerships related to the future of transportation. This presentation focused on the work of Michigan’s new Office of Future Mobility and Electrification. Download the PDF

Overcoming the Challenges of Using Physics-based Models in Battery Management

May 19, 2021

Scott Trimboli, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Greg Plett, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Battery packs require careful supervision and management to ensure safety and longevity, and to maximize performance. State-of-art battery-management methods generally use empirical circuit-based models of battery cells to guide their estimates and decisions. However, these models cannot describe the electrochemical state inside the battery cells, and it is precisely this state that indicates unsafe operating conditions, predicts rates of cell degradation, and limits performance. Physics-based models of cells can instead be used with battery-management methods to estimate this state and enhance operation, but there are a number of challenges that impede using these models in practical applications. This presentation proposed methods to overcome these challenges. Download the PDF

Research on Diversity and Inclusion: News You Can Use

April 21, 2021

Brandon Allen, PhD, ASPIRE Diversity and Culture of Inclusion Program Manager, Purdue University; Rosalee Clawson, Professor of Political Science, Purdue University and ASPIRE Co-Director of Diversity and Culture of Inclusion; Ivonne Santiago, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Texas El Paso and ASPIRE Co-Director of Diversity and Culture of Inclusion

The presenters discussed research on a variety of topics related to diversity and inclusion (such as implicit bias, similarity bias, and conformity), presented key research findings, and suggested strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion with the ultimate goal of improving decision-making and organizational productivity. Download the PDF

A Freight Perspective on HD Electrification: Challenges and Opportunities

March 10, 2021

Dave Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency - NACFE

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is an unbiased non-profit organization focused on helping commercial truck fleets adoption of technologies for fuel efficiency and sustainability. In 2018 NACFE initiated the creation of a series of six guidance reports on truck electrification and used the 2019 Run On Less Regional Haul demonstration to establish operational duty cycles. Dave Schaller, NACFE Industry Engagement Director, presented key implications for continuing heavy duty electrification, including a preview of NACFE’s 2021 Run On Less demonstration with a focus on the operations of ten battery electric trucks. Download the PDF

Developing the Electric Transportation Workforce Readiness from an Early Age

February 10, 2021

Donna Riley, Purdue University; Nick Stites and Jennifer Taylor, University of Colorado Boulder

The presenters highlighted key points along the K-22 education pathway that support our future workforce in designing, building, and maintaining sustainable infrastructure in energy and transportation. Additionally, the presenters discussed how attendees’ teams and organizations can inform, collaborate with, and benefit from ASPIRE EWD efforts to engage learners in acquiring the comprehensive skill sets that are most needed in tomorrow's engineering workforce. Download the PDF

Colorado’s Clean Trucking Strategy: Electrification and complementary strategies to reach zero emissions

January 13, 2021

Mike King, Colorado Department of Transportation

In July 2020, Colorado joined 14 other states and District of Columbia in signing an MOU to collaboratively advance the market for electric trucks and buses across the member states to a 30% market share by 2030 and a 100% market share by 2050. Concurrently, Colorado has partnered with the Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) and numerous other stakeholders to develop a Clean Trucking Strategy for the state that will support the GHG emission reduction goals identified by HB19-1261: a 26% reduction by 2025, 50% reduction by 2030, and 90% reduction by 2050 (all from a 2005 baseline). Michael King, Colorado Department of Transportation’s Assistant Director of Electrification and Energy, discussed how the Clean Trucking Strategy will identify the programs, policies, and incentives necessary to make the transition to zero-emission freight and delivery vehicles possible in Colorado. Download the PDF

Minimizing Urban Vehicular Emissions through Efficient Design of Electric Charging Station Network

December 11, 2020

Sam Labi and Mohammed Miralinaghi, Purdue University

The presenters discussed an approach for scheduling the deployment of EV charging stations within a long-term planning horizon and a specified budget with the goal of minimizing urban vehicular emissions. This goal is achieved by identifying optimal locations and timings not only for constructing new EV charging stations but also for repurposing existing gas stations to EV stations. The numerical experiments considered the EV driving range evolution and presented the transport decision-maker's decision dynamics to address EV travelers needs in the transport network. Download the PDF

Charging Infrastructure for Fixed-Route Automated Vehicles: Stationary vs In-route

November 11, 2020

Ahmed Mohamed, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

In-route charging for fixed-route automated vehicles has the potential to enable charge-sustaining operation (unlimited driving range and zero recharge time) and allow smaller onboard battery. In this presentation, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed, Senior IEEE member, Research Engineer, Advanced Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure Group at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, discusses techno-economic design and feasibility analysis of in-route inductive charging in comparison with stationary charging technology, including Level 2 AC chargers and DCFCs, considering both present and future vehicle operation and overall system cost. Download the PDF

The Future of Transportation is Electrified and Shared: Using Targeted Marketing to Turn Consumers Green

October 21, 2020

Antje Graul, Utah State University

Dr. Graul presented a review of case studies to discuss Consumer behavior regarding adoption aspects of shared and sustainable transportation and illustrated ways in which consumers can be nudged to go green, including examples regarding EVs. Download the PDF

Security Considerations for Power Converters

September 10, 2020

Ryan Gerdes, Virginia Tech University In this presentation, Dr. Gerdes discussed the state-of-the-art in attacks against power converters and countermeasures for their defense. Attacks and defenses at the physical layer targeting both actuators and sensors were discussed, as well as game-theoretic and model-based approaches for evaluating the efficacy of countermeasures. Download the PDF

Infrastructure Considerations for Electrification of Fleet Depots

August 18, 2020

Mike Rowand, Duke Energy

Mr. Mike Rowand, special guest presenter from Duke Energy, reviewed the various infrastructure considerations that must be taken into account, as well as business processes that are impacted when deploying EVs into fleets. Download the PDF

Economic Analysis of Dynamic Inductive Power Transfer Roadway

July 14, 2020

Selena Sheng, University of Auckland

This presentation discussed the economic viability of a dynamic Inductive Power Transfer (DIPT) system for EVs through public–private partnership (PPP), by employing a net present value (NPV) framework, to determine the optimal PPP ratio. Results indicated that, for a 15-year concession period under PPP where the private investor is expecting a 12.5% return, the government can contribute 9.46% towards the initial investment and charging roadway users a toll of 37 cents/kWh. By implementing the DIPT system, EVs could achieve a significant reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to internal combustion engines (ICEs). Download the PDF

Results and lessons learned from the world’s first public wireless electric road for buses and trucks

June 18, 2020

Stefan Tongur, Electreon

Dr. Stefan Tongur, presented the initial results from the Smartroad Gotland project in Sweden, which is the world's first public wireless electric road system for trucks and buses. In addition, the key lesson learned of moving from a testing facility to a public road environment were discussed as well as business model aspects related to electric roads. Download the PDF

Three-phase unfolding based quasi-single stage converter topologies for three-phase AC to DC applications

May 19, 2020

Dorai Yelaverthi, Utah State University

Dr. Yelaverthi presented on research at the USU Power Electronics Laboratory on Unfolding based quasi-single stage three-phase AC to DC converters. This approach can achieve higher power density and efficiency compared to two-stage topologies. He will present a brief literature review of various topologies followed by the quantitative benefits of the Unfolding approach. Prototype design details and experimental results of 560 kW Medium Voltage (4.16 kV) AC to 800 VDC were also discussed. Download the PDF

Passive thermal management of Roadway embedded inductive wireless chargers

April 16, 2020

Nick Roberts, Utah State University

Dynamic, in-motion charging provides solutions to several challenges facing electric vehicle (EV) adoption, specifically range anxiety and battery pack capacity requirements. A significant challenge that arises when designing electronics for packing in roadway materials is thermal management. Dr. Roberts summarized some of the unique challenges and opportunities for thermal management in roadway packages. He also included a description of recent thermal modeling efforts, property measurements, and experimental validation. Download the PDF

High-Fidelity Vehicle Modeling for In-Motion WPT and the Inclusion of Autonomous Technologies

March 24, 2020

Zach Asher, Western Michigan University

In-motion WPT technology has tremendous potential to reduce the cost and environmental impact of modern automotive transportation which has been demonstrated through recent life cycle assessments and technoeconomic analyses. High-fidelty vehicle models have the potential to more rigorously define these befenits since existing research has only used simplified models. Additionally, these benefits may be compounded when integrating current autonomous technologies into the models. This presentation outlined current high-fidelity vehicle modeling for in-motion WPT as well as autonomous vehicle development that is ongoing at Western Michigan University. Download the PDF

Electrified aerial science, urban air mobility, and flight systems battery certification

February 20, 2020

Calvin Coopmans, Utah State University

Dr. Coopmans showed USU AggieAir’s work on unmanned aerial electric platforms, participation in NASA and the FAA’s future unmanned airspace, urban air mobility (manned air taxis) and lithium battery testing and certification for manned electric flight systems with the USU BLAST lab. Download the PDF

Designing a Sustainable Future: Simulating Next-Generation Power and Energy Systems

January 16, 2020

Bri-Mathias Hodge, University of Colorado Boulder

The power system is rapidly changing with the introduction of vast amounts of variable and uncertain renewable generators, as well as new loads, such as electric vehicles. This presentation discussed how efforts are being made to model these new systems, as well as a new publicly available dataset for simulating next-generation power distribution systems - SMART-DS. Download the PDF

Capacitive Dynamic Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles

December 19, 2019

Khurram Afridi, Cornell University

Road transportation, which accounts for 22 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, is undergoing a major transformation with the advent of ridesharing, autonomous driving, and vehicle electrification. Collectively these technologies, in conjunction with renewable sources of electricity, have the potential to dramatically reduce the negative impact of road transportation on the health of the planet. The successful convergence of these technologies will require electric vehicles that are low cost and fully autonomous. These attributes can be realized through dynamic wireless charging. However, this will require wireless charging technology that is well beyond current capabilities, and opens new areas of research related to power and transportation infrastructure. Using examples from his current research on capacitive wireless charging (as opposed to the more common inductive techniques), which leverage very high frequency power electronics, Dr. Afridi’s presentation highlighted several opportunities and challenges in dynamic wireless charging of electric vehicles. Download the PDF

Data-driven Scientific Discovery and Ubiquitous Computing: Systems, Algorithms, and Applications for Electric Transportation

November 20, 2019

Qin "Christine" Lv, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Christine Lv, Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of Colorado Boulder discussed living in a digitized world where the explosive growth of big and multi-modal data has brought about fundamental changes to traditional scientific research. At the same time, more and more human-centric data has been generated and broadly utilized in many application domains. Effective and efficient data analytics has become increasingly important. Dr. Lv gave a snapshot of work done in the areas of data-driven scientific discovery and ubiquitous computing, including mobile environmental sensing, fine-grained air pollution analysis for environmentally sustainable communities; remote sensing data management and time series analysis, condensate database for anomaly detection and quality assurance; transportation electrification and solar/wind farm data analysis; as well as user-oriented behavior analysis and information services. Download the PDF

Consequence-driven Cybersecurity for High Power EV Charging Infrastructure

October 15, 2019

Barney Carlson, Idaho National Laboratory

Barney Carlson discussed a methodology to quantify the impacts from cyber malicious events on high power charging infrastructure (XFC and WPT). The methodology involves impact severity and cyber manipulation complexity to quantify and prioritize the potential cyber malicious events, therefore enabling research efforts to focus the limited time and funding on the highest consequence events. The INL project also included the development of techniques to identify a cyber event as well as the development of mitigation strategies and solutions, again focused on the highest consequence events. The presentation outlined guidance and solutions to the charging infrastructure industry to advance safety and security for high power charging of EVs. Download the PDF

EV Power System Modeling and Control

August 4, 2019

Rick Meyer, Western Michigan University

Power system modeling and optimal control for electric transportation applications involves switched systems, i.e., the system has components with dynamics that change based upon the direction of power flow. Control of switched power systems typically requires consideration of integer variables associated with the directions of power flow in the system, requiring specialized numerical solvers. Rick Meyer presented power flow-based component modeling that treats each component as a power converter with some efficiency. Models are oriented toward control development and can include dynamics at different time scales. Components are connected together into systems using power as a connection variable. Further, to solve the power system management control problem using traditional solvers rather than specialized ones, an embedding method is described that embeds the original switched problem into a traditional problem. Application of the power system modeling and embedding method for switched system control will be presented for ground vehicles and hybrid electric propulsion for general aviation aircraft. Download the PDF

Policy considerations for modernizing electric, autonomous, and connected transportation infrastructure

April 22, 2019

Allie Kelly, The Ray and Amy Ford, ITS America

As electric, autonomous and connected transportation technology continues to grow and impact the current transportation model, articulating and championing policy positions that inform and appropriately update US Code has become a critical task, particularly as policy relates to commercialization, standards, expanding adoption and future proofing, in order to facilitate the building of modernized infrastructure. Allie Kelly, Executive Director of The Ray, and Amy Ford, Director of Mobility and Demand Alliance for ITS America, discussed policy constraints and opportunities that impact new technology development and implementation for societal benefit. Download the PDF

Infrastructure and Pavement: Moving Electric Powered Transportation to the Next Level

November 10, 2018

John Haddock, Purdue University and Marv Halling, Utah State University

Electric vehicle (EV) technologies represent promising developments in the effort to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the accompanying pollution from the transportation sector. For future dynamic applications, many of the challenges involve concrete or asphalt pavement structure. Dr. Marv Halling (Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University) and Dr. John Haddock (Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University) discussed pavement considerations related to dynamic wireless power transfer and the possible avenues to address these challenges. Download the PDF

Economic Viability of Electrified Heavy Duty Trucking

September 10, 2018

Jason Quinn, Colorado State University Dr. Jason Quinn (Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University) presented on how the electrification of heavy duty trucking represents a unique challenge and opportunity. This presentation examined vehicle modeling work coupled with real world truck drive cycles leveraged to understand the performance and corresponding economics of different electrification schemes including wireless power transfer and long range large battery systems. The work includes evaluation of the impact that different charging schemes have on the economics of the system. Download the PDF

Web-Based Mapping Tool in Support of EVSE Deployment Decision Making

August 10, 2018

Nick Flann, Utah State University

Dr. Nick Flann (Associate Professor of Computer Science at Utah State University) presented on the development and use of a decision-making tool for effectively deploying EV charging infrastructure. The interactive web-based mapping tool enables a user to load existing and planned charger locations and then explore alternative placements of new chargers to ultimately determine charger placement for the most significant impact at the least cost. Download the PDF

Metamodeling of Rotating Electric Machinery

June 10, 2018

Scott Sudhoff and Raj Sahu, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Dr. Sudhoff presented on an approach whereby a system designer can rapidly estimate the size and loss characteristics of a class of electric machinery. The proposed method also allows the system designer to explore the trade-off between size and loss, and the impact this has at the system level. This is accomplished through the metamodeling of a normalized optimization based machine design framework. The method is applied to a permanent magnet ac machine. Download the PDF

Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles: Opportunities and Challenges

May 10, 2018

Masood Parvania, University of Utah

Grid Integration of EVs Download the PDF

A New MOOC-based MS-EE Degree at UC-Boulder

April 13, 2018

Bob Erickson, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Erickson presented on a new MOOC-based MS-EE degree offered at the University of Colorado Boulder. The program’s curriculum was to include substantial power electronics content and include the following features: asynchronous delivery that is near-on-demand, reduced tuition rate (about half the on-campus rate), performance-based admissions, and instruction at the same level as on-campus graduate courses. Download the PDF

Model Prediction and Optimization: How to Accurately Estimate Power-Limits for Lithium Ion Batteries Using Physics-Based Models and Realistic Constraints

March 15, 2018

Scott Trimboli, University of Colorado Colorado Spring

Dr. Trimboli presented on “Model Prediction and Optimization: How to Accurately Estimate Power-Limits for Lithium Ion Batteries Using Physics-Based Models and Realistic Constraints.” Dr. Trimboli’s presentation described a method that uses a physics-based dynamic cell model and predictive optimization to accurately compute battery-pack available power. Download the PDF

Concrete-Based Magnetic Composites: Designs for Enhanced Permeability and Mechanical Strength

February 10, 2018

Zeljko Pantic, North Caroline State University

Dr. Pantic’s presentation addressed the modeling of large-particle, concrete/mortar-based Structural Magnetic Composites (SMCs) as a tool for enhancing effective magnetic permeability, maintaining strength and durability of the composite, and reducing the amount of expensive magnetic ferrite materials required for electrified roadways. Download the PDF

From Lab to Fab: Commercialization of Advanced Energy Storage Technologies

December 15, 2017

Nathan Millecam, Electric Power Systems

Nate Millecam, CEO, EP Systems (SELECT industry member, energy storage system provider) considered that since many advancing and emerging technologies never find their way into real world applications and presented an overview of commercialization lessons learned by EPS, the EPS/SELECT partnership for future deployments, and new capabilities and labs (e.g., the Battery Limits and Survivability Testing Lab funded by USTAR/EPS/SELECT) being deployed to increase the speed of innovation. Download the PDF

Agent Based Modeling for EV Charging Infrastructure Analysis and Optimization

November 17, 2017

John Salmon, Brigham Young University

Dr. John Salmon (Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University) presented on Agent Based Modeling (ABM) and its application for analyzing and assessing charging infrastructures for a regional system of electric vehicles. Simulating this model under a variety of scenarios provides insights into the requirements of such a system to meet the increasing energy demands and customer needs of higher EV adoption rates in the future. The exploration and potential for optimizing the system using evolutionary algorithms was also be discussed. Download the PDF

Electric Road Systems

October 16, 2017

Martin Gustavsson, RISE Viktoria

Dr. Martin Gustavsson, Senior Researcher in Electromobility at RISE Viktoria (Sweden), presented on how Electric Road Systems (ERS), in which electrical energy is transferred during movement from the road to the vehicle, have great potential for reducing dependency on fossil fuels and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. He discussed ongoing studies and demonstration projects in Sweden and Germany that explore different techniques for energy transfer, use cases and business models. Download the PDF

High-efficiency, High-density Power Electronics for xEV Applications

August 16, 2017

Dragan Maksimovic, University of Colorado Boulder

In an xEV drivetrain, a power electronics converter manages power flow between a battery pack and an electric machine. Innovations in converter topologies and use of wide bandgap power devices are enabling more efficient, more reliable, and smaller power electronics, as illustrated by a 98% efficient, 23 kW/L drivetrain power converter prototype developed by the team at CU-Boulder. Download the PDF

Design and Control of DC Microgrids

July 17, 2017

Steve Pekarek, Purdue University

This presentation focused on a 750 V, 150 kW, zonal DC microgrid testbed developed at Purdue that enables research in both component and system-level design and control. An overview of the testbed was presented including its use in model validation, fault mitigation, and system stability analysis. A focus was then placed on the results of recent research on the modeling and control of common-mode current in power electronic systems. The use of the testbed in validating the proposed models was highlighted. Download the PDF

Robust planning of dynamic wireless charging infrastructure for battery electric buses

June 16, 2017

Ziqi Song, Utah State University

Dynamic Charging for Battery Electric Buses Download the PDF

Modeling Public Perceptions and Technology Acceptance: The Case of Autonomous and Shared Autonomous Vehicles

May 17, 2017

Nadia Gkritza, Purdue University

This presentation discussed the methods for modeling diffusion and acceptance of emerging technologies (e.g., electric vehicles, electric roadways, and autonomous vehicles), and showed the preliminary results of a behavioral experiment conducted in the Chicago metro area. The objectives of the survey were to assess factors that hinder or encourage the intention to use autonomous and shared autonomous vehicles, and identify distinct market segments. Download the PDF

Enabling Technologies for Dynamic WPT: Vehicle Automation

April 17, 2017

Dr. Ryan Gerdes, Virginia Technical University

Dr. Gerdes and colleagues discuss their low-cost automation of a Ford Focus to facilitate in motion wireless charging. Download the PDF

Capacitive Wireless Power Transfer Systems for EV Charging

February 15, 2017

Khurram Afridi, Cornell University

Capacitive WPT Systems for EV Charging Download the PDF

Redox Flow Batteries: A Promising Technology for Energy Storage

January 18, 2017

Tianbiao Leo Liu, Utah State University

Redox Flow Batteries Download the PDF

Infrastructure Optimization: In-motion-WPT for the Electrification of US Transportation

December 13, 2016

Jason Quinn, Colorado State University

Infrastructure Optimization for In-motion WPT Download the PDF

Shi Life Modeling and Prediction of Large Li ion Battery Packs

March 16, 2016

Ying Shi, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Life Modeling and Prediction of Large Li ion Battery Packs Download the PDF