Special Issue "Inductive Charging for Electric Vehicles: Towards a Safe and Efficient Technology"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.
Interests: Wireless power transfer, Electrical metrology, Energy harvesting, Energy efficiency, Shielding, Electromagnetic Dosimetry
Interests: static and dynamic inductive power transfer for electric vehicles, human protection from exposure to electromagnetic field at industrial frequency, modeling of non-conventional electromagnetic devices
Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) or Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for the charging of electric vehicles is an opportunity for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in public and private transports. The vehicle battery represents an important cost item and also a significant weight to carry for the vehicle. The possibility of recharging the battery in many places, at the home or work parking lot, at the supermarket parking or at the traffic lights, can lead to lighter and less expensive batteries, more performing cars and, above all, lead to a reduction in the vehicle energy footprint. This can be further emphasized by dynamic charging, the so-called charging while driving, which goes perfectly with the concept of autonomous driving. Dynamic charging aims at powering the vehicle during the motion by eliminating range-limitation, the most important limit in the adoption of electric vehicles for long trips.
The prospect of these advantages of inductive charging has the cost of lower charging efficiency compared to conductive charging, mainly due to large air gap between the coils and losses in the converters both on the ground and onboard the vehicle. Besides, magnetic emissions can be a brake for manufacturers in developing and adopting this type of technology. It is up to academy and research to prove that this technology is safe and efficient and that benefits outweigh disadvantages.
This Special Issue aims to address the subjects of efficiency, safety, impact and perspectives of IPT charging systems for vehicles. In particular, all the following studies are welcome: experimental studies on IPT systems or archetypes; studies conducted through mathematical and numerical models; studies concerning the modeling of IPT systems as a whole, or limited to the coils arrangement; studies focusing on the architecture and or efficiency of the ac-dc and dc-ac conversion systems. Furthermore, studies concerning magnetic field emissions, dosimetry and/or implanted medical devices will be considered.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Modeling systems and devices for IPT systems
- Measurement and characterization of wireless charging stations and components
- Design and optimization of IPT systems and components
- Efficiency of IPT systems; modeling and/or measurements
- Efficiency of power converters in IPT systems
- Improved couplers for wireless charging systems
- Safety assessment for IPT systems for vehicles
- Electromagnetic modeling and simulation of wireless charging systems
- Human exposure assessment
- Life cycle assessment
- Technological sustainability
- Safety and protection for users
- Accountability and billing
- ICT framework
Dr. Vincenzo Cirimele
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- Inductive power transfer
- Wireless power transfer
- Power converters
- Efficiency and losses
- Electric vehicle
- Electromagnetic safety
- Civil infrastructure
- Urban infrastructure
- Electric Roads