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Udaya K. Madawala, The University of Auckland
Udaya K. Madawala graduated with a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) (Hons) degree from The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and received his PhD (Power Electronics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar. At the completion of his PhD, he was employed by Fisher & Paykel Ltd, New Zealand, as a Research and Development Engineer to develop new technologies for motor drives. At present as a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Auckland, New Zealand, he leads a large group of researchers focusing on a number of power electronics projects that are related to energy and wireless EV charging systems for V2X applications.
Udaya is a Fellow of the IEEE and was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Power Electronic Society (PELS), and has both industry and research experience in the fields of power electronics and energy. He has served both the IEEE Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics Societies in numerous roles, relating to editorial, advisory, conference, technical committees and chapter activities. He was the General Chair of the 2nd IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC)- 2016, held in New Zealand, and is also the Chair of SPEC Steering Committee. Udaya, who has over 300 journal and conference publications, holds a number of patents related to wireless power transfer (WPT) and power converters, and is a consultant to industry.
(Onsite Talk) Speech Title: Wireless EV Charging for V2X Applications
Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining global acceptance as the means of future transport for sustainable living. However, EVs can also be used as an energy storage in vehicle-to-home (V2H), vehicle-to-grid (V2G), vehicle-to-building (V2B) and vehicle-to-load (V2L) systems, which are referred to as V2X applications. For V2X applications, EVs essentially require a bi-directional power interface either with the electricity network (grid) or home to allow for both storing (charging) and retrieval (discharging) of energy. This can be achieved by both wired and wireless means, but the latter, based primarily on Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) technology, is becoming more popular being convenient, safe, and ideal for both stationary and dynamic charging of EVs. The seminar discusses the impacts & challenges of EV charging, and presents the latest advances in bi-directional wireless power transfer (BD-WPT) technology developed for V2X applications.
King-Jet TSENG, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore
King-Jet Tseng was born in Singapore and received B.Eng. (First Class) and M.Eng. from National University of Singapore, and Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England. He has more than 35 years of academic, research, industrial and professional experience in electrical power and energy systems. He has been the Head of Power Engineering Division in Nanyang Technological University and the Board Member of the Singapore Green Building Council. He co-founded the Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability for the Tropics (SinBerBEST) program funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation, and the Electrical Power Systems Integration Laboratory @ NTU, a Rolls-Royce research facility. He has graduated more 30 PhD students, published more than 300 papers and inspired a number of technology start-up companies. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IET, a Fellow of IES and registered as Chartered Engineer with UK Engineering Council. Currently, he is the Professor and Advisor for Electrical Power Engineering at Singapore Institute of Technology, working on his vision of future urban electrical distribution architecture which can provide flexible and heterogeneous power quality.
|(Onsite Talk) Speech Title: Design Considerations for Distributed Electrical Energy Storage in Sustainable Urban Environment
Abstract: Electrical energy storage is a promising technological concept for a more sustainable environment. However, its acceptance in the highly urbanized environment has many challenges, such as technology feasibility constraints, lack of applications with positive total lifecycle return-on-investment, and above all, the safety issue. This paper assesses the design considerations at conceptual level for a network of highly distributed electrical energy storage systems in the urban setting. Our design thinking are intended to address not only the adoption challenges but also to lead to greater innovation and enterprise activities in this promising sector. The topics covered include technology survey, applications & opportunities, environmental sustainability, research & development, standards & certification. A case study of an early adoption of this concept in a soon-to-be constructed mid-sized university campus is presented as an illustration.
Ruikun Mai, Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Ruikun Mai received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, in 2004 and 2010, respectively. He is currently a professor and Ph.D. Supervisor at the School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University. He leads a large group of researchers focusing on the application of wireless power supply systems in rail transportation, promoting their industrial applications, including high-power wireless traction power supply and low-power sensor wireless power supply.
|(Onsite Talk) Speech Title: Wireless Power Transfer Systems for Rail Transit Sensors
In the field of rail transport, the implementation of structural health monitoring through a variety of sensors is imperative for ensuring the safe operation of trains. The conventional wired approach to sensor power supply poses challenges in terms of wiring complexity and maintenance, particularly in some demanding environments of railway lines. The adoption of wireless power transfer offers an effective solution to the numerous issues associated with wires. Transmitters can be arranged inside and outside the train to power sensors embedded in concrete, roadbed and other structures, as well as some monitoring sensors inside the train, such as around the bogie. These sensors form a structural health monitoring network, which is an essential part of an intelligent operation and maintenance system for rail transport. The report focuses on the challenges and research progress in powering sensors in rail transport using wireless power transfer technology.