The USU Power Electronics Lab (UPEL) hosted the Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) quarter V program review of AMPED project on April 25th, 2014. In attendance were ARPA-E program managers and reviewers and program team members from University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado Springs, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Ford Motor Company and Utah State University. The review meeting included a laboratory demonstration of all program hardware and a general UPEL lab tour with student presentations.
The USU Board of Trustees approved plans to begin construction on a 4,800 square foot facility at 650 E. Grand Ave. This facility will be used to enable research in Wireless Power Transfer technology for electric vehicles. The building will also feature at track to test charging with vehicles in-motion and a high-bay area for research in Wireless Power Transfer.
Ground-breaking is scheduled for 11am on September 23.
Students in the Electric Vehicle Lab course (ECE 6930) competed in the first annual Electric Bike Race. The students designed and built the bikes as a part of the course, and then had a race at the end of the year to see whose bike was the fastest. The Electric Vehicle Lab is the final course in a sequence of courses on Power Electronics at USU.
Watch a video of the race here.
The final reports can be found:
UPEL AMPED team published a paper, titled ‘Active balancing system for electric vehicles with incorporated low voltage bus’, at APEC, the annual conference for Applied Power Electronics and Exposition. AMPED team comprises graduate students Muhammad Muneeb, Kelly Hathaway, Post-doc researcher Michael Evzelman, and Prof. Regan Zane. The work highlights research in control of power converters associated with the battery management system (BMS) in order to improve battery pack lifetime and reduce cost and weight.
Chandler Austin and Kevin Kennedy were recently recognized by the ECE department for academic excellence:
Chandler Austin was awarded the Outstanding Pre-Professional student for the 2013-2014 school year. Chandler has excelled her classes and recently joined the UPEL team to assist with research in Power Electronics for Military and Aerospace application. She will be a junior this fall.