Electric Transportation Characteristics and Charging Infrastructure

Seminar
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
EER 1.518
Free and open to the public

More-electric cars and other vehicles create opportunities for control, extreme performance, energy reduction and flexibility, operating cost reduction, and emissions reduction.  Limitations that include limited range, battery performance issues, refueling time, and access to charging are often considered to be major drawbacks.  This presentation shows how most electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle energy needs can be met with Level 1 charging, the level of a conventional single-phase outlet. Safety protection, metering, communication, billing, and other functions can be supported by a car to turn a “dumb” single-phase outlet into intelligent vehicle charging infrastructure. Some of the considerations and strategies linked to this process are described. The actual needs and typical user interactions are discussed, showing some aspects of how Level 2 charging fits in.  Survey results in a campus setting help to support the concepts.  Grid support capabilities are discussed.  The ability to use conventional outlets has the potential to make electric vehicle charging infrastructure ubiquitous, with expansion at a fraction of anticipated costs. Charging coordination combined with flexibility can make electric transportation systems important partners for future electric power systems.

Speaker

Philip Krein

Philip Krein

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Philip T. Krein is the Grainger Endowed Chair Professor Emeritus in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics and Director of the Grainger Center for Electric Machinery and Electromechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is also a Distinguished Professor under the China 1,000 Talents Program in the College of Electrical Engineering at Zhejiang University, and Executive Dean of the Zhejiang University–University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for engineering in Haining, China.  From 2003 to 2014, he was a Founder and Director of SolarBridge Technologies, Inc., Austin, Texas, a developer of long-life integrated inverters for solar energy, and now part of Enphase. His current research interests include all aspects of power electronics, machines, drives, and electric transportation, with an emphasis on nonlinear control approaches. He holds 42 U.S. patents.  He is a recipient of the IEEE William E. Newell Award in Power Electronics, a past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and a past Chair of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.