Consortium successfully runs silicon carbide multiport DC-DC converter in EV

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Silicon Carbide multiport DC-DC converter fitted to the Tata Vista EV. A consortium led by motorsport and technology company Prodrive has successfully run a silicon carbide-based multiport DC-DC converter in an electric car. The DC-DC converter acts as a hub that transfers energy between key components of the vehicle’s high voltage electrical system. Click to enlarge.

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Honda opens Smart Home US in California; produces more energy than it consumes; direct DC-DC EV charging

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The home, located on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis, is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting. DC-to-DC electric vehicle charging.

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Carmakers to reveal universal charging system

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Electric cars AC Audi BMW charging system compatible DC electric carA collaboration of car makers including Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, and Volkswagen are to present their new Combined Charging System at the 15th International VDI-Congress and Exhibition “Electronic Systems for Motor Vehicles” in Baden-Baden, Germany tomorrow. The new charging system, developed in collaboration with the American car makers Ford and General Motors (GM), is a [.].

Tritium trials Veefil 50 kW fast chargers in China in joint venture with Oxford University Innovation

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Australia-based Tritium , a developer of infrastructure solutions for the EV market, has started trials of its Veefil-RT 50kW DC charger in China, a market currently experiencing stronger growth in EV sales than the US or Europe. Tritium is developing its strategy in China in collaboration with the Hong Kong office of Oxford University Innovation (Hong Kong), which facilitates international technology transfers between the rest of the world and Asia.

German OEMs to demonstrate universal charging system for EVs

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This universal charging system needs only a single charging interface at the vehicle allowing the customer to charge with all existing charging methods: one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home or ultra-fast DC-charging at public charging stations. Multiple connectors in the infrastructure and different charging inlets at the vehicle are not needed for AC-charging on the one hand and DC-charging on the other hand.

Russia’s KRET develops universal charging stations for electric vehicles

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KRET, part of Rostec, has developed the FORA universal charging stations for the rapid charging of electric vehicles in Russia and abroad. The project to develop working models of the charging stations at the Ryazan Instrument Plant aims to create both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) charging stations for batteries of all types of electric vehicles.

Cal Energy Commission approves ~$9M for DC fast chargers; $12.6M for NGV incentives

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The California Energy Commission approved nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of DC fast chargers along major state freeways and highways to allow electric vehicle drivers to travel from San Diego to the Oregon border without worrying about running out of energy. —which will install 61 DC fast chargers at 41 sites along major routes on Interstate 5, Highway 99 and Highway 101. The University of California, Irvine, administers the program.

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Europe Storms Ahead On CCS Fast Charging, U.S. Lags Behind

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The ability to recharge 80 percent of an electric car''s battery in 20 to 30 minutes--known as DC fast-charging--is a critical element in expanding public acceptance of cars powered by batteries. But unlike the universal standard for conventional 240-Volt charging, the U.S. has three different and (mostly) incompatible fast-charging standards

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Continental unveils AllCharge charging system; using the EV powertrain as a universal charger; up to 800V and 350 kW and all types of stations

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Continental has developed innovative charging technology called “AllCharge” that uses the electric powertrain of an EV as a universal charger supporting all types of cable-based charging stations. AllCharge can always use the maximum output rate—up to 800V and 350 kW—at all types of stations: single-phase and three-phase AC or high-speed DC. In the case of DC current, the current from the charging station flows directly through the inverter to the battery.

ARPA-E awards $30M to 21 projects advance new class of high-performance power converters

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Smart, Compact, Efficient 500kW DC Fast Charger Cree Fayetteville (operating as Wolfspeed, A Cree Company) and its project team will build a DC fast charger for electric vehicles using a solid-state transformer based on silicon carbide (SiC). If successful, the team will construct a 500 kW building block for a DC fast charger that is at least four times the power density of todays installed units. Wide Bandgap Solid State Circuit Breakers for AC and DC Microgrids.

Kettering University researchers working on more efficient Level 2 charger for HELLA

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Researchers in Kettering University’s Advanced Power Electronics Lab (APEL) are working with HELLA on a more efficient Level-2 EV charger. Presently, level-2 EV chargers on the market have a three-stage design—converting AC grid voltage to 400 VDC; inverting this DC to high frequency AC to feed the transformer; and then rectifying AC to DC again to charge the battery.

Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables

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The MSG is designed as a direct current (DC) grid. We settled on a DC design for our micro smart grid to avoid the losses that occur when transforming alternating current (AC) into DC. Up to 30 electric vehicles at a time can recharge in Fraunhofer IAO’s parking garage.

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UK consortium develops DC-DC converter

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The UK has been a hotbed for exciting new green technologies in recent months, and now a consortium led by technology consultancy Prodrive has developed a bi-directional DC-DC converter with the ability to deliver a 600V output from a 380V source. However, with the DC-DC converter, the potential of the battery is higher than the nominal voltage of the pack and so it allows smaller battery packs to be used while still supporting more powerful motors.

Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle charging systems installed With Hertz, Clemson University, and other Apollo partners

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Evatran has successfully completed the first three installations of its Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology with Apollo Launch partners The Hertz Corporation, Duke Energy, and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). An additional three installations will be completed in July with partners from California to Washington, DC.

Electric Vehicle Initiative Launched at Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington DC

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At the Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington, DC, 19-20 July, ministers reaffirmed their commitment to previously-announced targets for the deployment of electric vehicles, which the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates will create global market momentum leading to at least 20 million electric vehicles on the road worldwide by 2020. to support the scale-up of electric vehicles; Exploring universal standards for vehicle evaluation, infrastructure, and communication protocols; and.

Prodrive to develop converter for electric and hybrid vehicles

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The UK has another exciting innovation to boast of as automotive technology company Prodrive leads a consortium to develop a flexible DC-DC converter for electric and hybrid vehicles. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news DC-DC converter electric vehicles hybrid vehicles International Transformers prodrive Raytheon Systems Ltd SciSys Tata Motors European Technical Centre Technology Strategy Board the University of Manchester

NC State team develops new Si/C inverter; 12.1 kW/L & greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package

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Researchers at the Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center at North Carolina State University have developed an inverter for hybrid and electric vehicles using off-the-shelf components made of the wide-bandgap semiconductor material silicon carbide (SiC).

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DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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Develop and demonstrate an off‐board bi‐directional DC charging system for plug‐in electric vehicles and evaluate impact of grid services on PEV batteries. Ohio State University. Iowa State University. University of Pittsburgh. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Penn State University Park. University of Washington, Seattle. West Virginia University Research Corporation. The Research Foundation for the SUNY Stony Brook University.

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Lux: future use of wide bandgap materials in power electronics will reduce EV cost

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In electronic devices, WBG semiconductors can eliminate up to 90% of the power losses that currently occur during AC-to-DC and DC-to-AC electricity conversion, and they can handle voltages more than 10 times higher than Si-based devices, greatly enhancing performance in high-power applications. They also offer greater efficiency in converting AC to DC power and in operating the electric traction drive during vehicle use.

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GKN to supply 500 electric flywheel hybrid drive systems to Go-Ahead Group for buses

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The Mk4 eFES has a separate inverter so that the flywheel and inverter combination connect directly to the vehicle’s DC bus. The Mk4 eFES also benefits from internal contactors on the DC bus to disconnect from the rest of the hybrid system and real time insulation monitoring of the HV circuit.

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"Spirit of DC" PHEV All Around America Update. from EVJerry back in DC with the "Spirit" Hanging out at the Beach!

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Maybe even provide feedback to PHEV3A Co-Chairs: Joe Lado JoeLado@yahoo.com or EVJerry Asher EVJerry@usa.net (202) 486-5450 "Spirit of DC" PHEV All Around America Update - 7 November 2008 I. The basis for the "Spirit of DC" staying over in Arizona through the winter results from the gifting of a state-of-the-art Li-ion battery pack and charger from Delaware Power Systems out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Winter Schedule Planning for "Spirit of DC: A.

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Sendyne awarded patent for novel battery pack architecture enabling constant voltage packs

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The Sendyne Constant Voltage Battery Pack Architecture (CVBPA) integrates active balancing; a 93% peak efficiency DC/DC converter; and charging functionality into a single circuit while providing a fixed constant-voltage output to the load. This novel system was prototyped at the Laboratory for Power Management and Integrated Switch-mode Power Supplies at the University of Toronto, under the guidance of Prof. Sendyne Corp.

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Volkswagen, a partner in SLAM fast charging project, shows “Golden Test Device” at Hannover Messe

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SLAM’s mission includes setting up a fund-based research network of up to 600 fast-charging stations to collect basic data for the research and analysis of suitable charging infrastructures according to the CCS-DC standard (combined charging system). Volkswagen’s project partners are the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Porsche AG, Deutscher Genossenschaftsverlag, EnBW, the RWTH Aachen University and the Institute of Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT, Stuttgart).

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6 DOE-funded applied battery research projects targeting Li-ion cells with >200 Wh/kg for PHEVs and EVs

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ABR, noted Peter Faguy, the DOE manager of the applied battery research program, during his presentation at the Annual Merit Review in Washington, DC, is the difficult regime between the discovery of materials and their application in batteries that can be commercialized. While HCMR offers high capacity and safety and low cost, it can be challenged by high DC-Resistance, voltage fade upon cycling and poor durability. Penn State/University of Texas at Austin.

DOE awards $17M for vehicle technologies; batteries, PEEM, engines, materials, fuel

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University of Colorado Boulder. 30 kW Modular DC-DC System using Superjunction MOSFETs This project will develop a new modular power conversion approach that utilizes both silicon and WBG devices to address the fundamental power conversion, loss, and component stress mechanisms. University of Wisconsin - Madison. University of Connecticut. University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Utah State University. The Ohio State University.

BRUSA electric drive components now available in 750-volt versions; targeted for commercial and very high performance

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The DMC517 is an ultra-compact, universal inverter which can be used to drive different motor types up to around 50 kW. The DMC527 is a compact, universal inverter which can be used to drive different motor types up to around 100 kW. BRUSA 750V electric drive components.

XG Sciences silicon graphene anode material shows stability over 400 cycles with 600 mAh/gram

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a poster at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Annual Merit Review Meeting (8-11 June) in Washington, DC. Doron Aurbach (Bar Ilan University) for a 3-day technical seminar on batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and electric vehicles.

Thursday - 1 October 2009. Reporting Out on the Tour de AZ; "Spirit of DC" Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around ARIZONA -- a new PHEV3A

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Quicke sidenote: PHEV3A as an acronym now encompasses the Tour de AZ: "Spirit of DC" Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around Arizona (PHEV3A) EVducational Tour (tho it could change, depending on sponsorship to AAA Tour de AZ, or even eTour de AZ). This Educational Tour will be in, as mentioned, the All American "Spirit of DC" - Toyota Prius PHEV, which has been demonstrating the goal of 101 MPG, assisted by electricity.

Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC.

"Spirit" Is At PluginSupply. in Preparation for Launching the Sun Belt Grand Finale from SF Bay Area to Washington, DC on Saturday, 31 Jan 09

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Cheers PHEV'rs, EVADC'rs, and EVnthusiasts, One & All, After a superb EVducational time in Groovyland, the "Spirit of DC" headed out on Sunday afternoon for Robb Protheroe and PluginSupply; She arrived in the early evening at Petaluma, California in order to get preparations underway for launching the Sun Belt Grand Finale from San Francisco Bay Area to Washington, DC, on Saturday, 31 January 2009.

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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35 new businesses, non-profits, universities, and utilities signing on to DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge and committing to provide electric vehicle charging access for their workforce. The implementation of DC fast charging has the potential to impact many technology areas and tackle key technological barriers associated with high rate charging (50 kW and above), and fast charging increases the utility of EVs, aides in their adoption, and helps enable widespread use of EVs.

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The "Spirit of DC's" Back on the Road Again! Yahoo, Yahoo! Coming out of Winter Quarters, Bisbee, Arizona

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Second Run was to University of Arizona in Tucson. Cheers PHEV'rs, EVADC'rs, & EVnthusiasts, One & All, The "Spirit" is definitely back on the road -- coming out of Winter Quarters - Bisbee, Arizona. No longer does the "Spirit" have itchy tires! En route to Santa Monica, the "Spirit" did a few towns: First Run was to Sierra Vista. EVJerry's follow-on session with 1LT Paul Anthony, Primary Health Car Provider at th Medical Health Facility at Ft Huachuca.

GM provides a few more details on SURUS fuel cell four-wheel steer concept truck

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Earlier this month, GM outlined its electric path to zero emissions, and introduced SURUS—the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS)—a fuel-cell-powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors.

Researchers demonstrate electrochemical synthesis of ammonia from air and water under mild conditions

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Researchers from the University of Strathclyde and the University of St. The DC potential was applied by a Solartron 1470A electrochemical interface controlled by software for automatic data collection.

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Cummins progressing with lightweight downsized T2B2 diesel for pickup; 40% improvement in fuel economy over gasoline V8

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At the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Annual Merit Review meeting in Washington, DC last week, Michael Ruth from Cummins noted that the DOE program target for the project is a fuel economy (CAFE) target of 26 mpg (9.05

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Ohio State team wins EcoCAR2 competition with E85 series-parallel plug-in hybrid Malibu

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announced that the Ohio State University (OSU) team was the overall winner of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals. Over the course of three years, The Ohio State University consistently met incremental goals that strengthened their position against the other university teams, the organizers said. The second-place team from the University of Washington (UW) demonstrated the most energy-efficient vehicle, a B20 biodiesel parallel plug-in hybrid reaching 60 MPGGE (3.9

Audi’s €36M e performance research project closes; electric F12 e Sport with split voltage battery packs and 3 motors

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The technical universities of Munich, Dresden and Ilmenau, Leibniz University Hanover, the Fraunhofer institutes IESE and IISB as well as Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen were also members of the consortium.

President Obama announces new $140M public-private manufacturing innovation institute focused on power electronics

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President Obama announced the selection of a consortium of businesses and universities, led by North Carolina State University, to lead a manufacturing innovation institute for next-generation power electronics. They also offer greater efficiency in converting AC to DC power and in operating the electric traction drive during vehicle use. The DOE-supported manufacturing innovation institute’s headquarters will be located on North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus.

Wolfspeed wins 2016 R&D 100 Award for wide bandgap underhood inverter for HEVs/EVs

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The product operates by taking a two-level high and low input DC voltage (i.e.,

Space for Jim Frierson and Randy Whorton, Chattanooga EVA Stalwarts, to post "Spirit of DC" Stories, Pixs and More! Regarding CHATTZ!

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Lamar Alexander’s office director, the faculty head of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment and the nation’s first dedicated electric vehicle test track (circa 1981). More to follow. and while waiting. Check out emails below that Jim Frierson sent to Bill Moore, EVWorld Editor and EV Colleagues. with Bill's response first: VERIFY: Plug-in hybrid national tour with Jerry Asher comes to Chattanooga Allow Subject Jim.

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