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SELECT innovative research

SELECT research efforts are nationwide: Main partner campuses are Utah State University (USU), Utah; Purdue University, Indiana; University of Colorado (CU-Boulder) and University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS), Colorado; and Olin College of Engineering, Massachusetts.

SELECT industry partnerships enable forward-thinking research. Industry members, faculty, and students facilitate unique collaboration to explore and enable efficient, sustainable transportation.

Research Areas

pictograph of the SELECT centers research areas

 

GATE Center of Excellence in Innovative Drivetrains in Electric Automotive Technology Education

Department of Energy
Plett, G.L., Maksimović, D., Trimboli, M.S., Zane, R.

This project establishes a “Graduate Automotive Technology Education” (GATE) Center of Excellence in the areas of power electronics plus energy storage for electric drive vehicles. A graduate certificate in Electric Drivetrain Technology plus specialized MSEE degrees have been created.

Efficient Capacitive Wireless Power Transfer System for Electric Vehicles

PI: Khurram Afridi, Co-PI: Zoya Popovic
UC Boulder

We are developing near-field capacitive phased array in the ISM bands above 6MHz for charging stationary vehicles, and potentially vehicles in motion. The focus is on efficient inverters, rectifiers and associated matching networks for kW power levels with high power densities. Distributed WPT with phasing is used not only for efficiency but also for reducing fringing fields in order to meet field emission standards.

A Disruptive Approach to Electric Vehicle Power Electronics

PI: Robert Erickson, Co-PI's: Dragan Maksimovic, Khurram Afridi

Innovative composite power electronics topologies are pursued to improve traction drive system size, cost, weight, and efficiency. Losses are reduced by 2-4 times. An experimental SiC based prototype has 23 kW/L power density.

High-Efficiency High-Frequency Automotive LED Drivers

Dragan Maksimovic, Co-PI: Khurram Afridi

High-frequency integrated-magnetics drivers support 1-15 LED strings and achieve precise current regulation, high resolution dimming, and very high efficiency.

GATE Center of Excellence in Innovative Drivetrains in Electric Automotive Technology Education

Department of Energy
Plett, G.L., Maksimović, D., Trimboli, M.S., Zane, R.

This project establishes a “Graduate Automotive Technology Education” (GATE) Center of Excellence in the areas of power electronics plus energy storage for electric drive vehicles. A graduate certificate in Electric Drivetrain Technology plus specialized MSEE degrees have been created.

Physics-Based Reduced-Order Models for Vehicle BSE

General Motors
Plett, G.L. and Trimboli, M.S.

This project investigates efficient, accurate, and adaptive reduced-order physics-based models for battery management systems in vehicle applications Office of Naval Research project

Lab development for battery thermal and destructive testing

USTAR, EP Systems
Regan Zane

 

WestSmartEV: Western Smart Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Partnership

Department of Energy/PacifiCorp
PI: Ziqi Song

The smart mobility program of the WestSmartEV project focuses on eliminating the need for personal vehicles within the urban area and providing all electric solutions in the first-mile and last-mile trips for those commuting to the Wasatch Front area. The key components of the smart mobility program are electric bus service, e-bikes, and on-demand electric vehicle sharing.

The WestSmartEV program has developed a web-based Corridor EVSE Mapping Tool to enable effective decision-making for deploying EV charging infrastructure. The interactive web-based mapping tool enables a user to load existing and planned charger locations and then explore alternative placements of new chargers. In addition to the map, an analysis tool has been created that considers all possible alternative deployments given a set of possible charger locations and identifies those that lead to the most significant impact for the least cost. Please contact Dr. Nick Flann or Dr. David Christensen for more information.

 

Research funding

ARPA-E IDEAS Funding

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will provide $500,000 one-year funding through its IDEAS program (Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science). to SELECT to lead modeling and analysis of electrified roadway systems in Southern California. The research applies to in-road inductive wireless and overhead conductive electric roadway solutions. Primary interests of the study include cost analysis and early adopter traits, the effect of technology gaps in market adoption, and localized emissions reduction during roll out. The team is comprised of SELECT researchers at Utah State University, Colorado State University, Purdue University, AECOM, and Southern California Edison.

Research Projects

Optimal Deployment of Wireless Charging Facilities for an Electric Bus System

Mountain-Plains Consortium, a regional University Transportation Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation
PI: Ziqi Song

Develop an optimization problem that determines the location for building wireless charging facilities in a road network and explicitly considers the trade-off between on-board batter size and the number (length) of wireless charging facilities simultaneously. Conduct a case study to demonstrate the viability of applying dynamic wireless charging technology to an electric bus system with multiple overlapping lines.

WestSmartEV: Western Smart Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Partnership

Department of Energy/PacifiCorp
PI: Ziqi Song

The smart mobility program of the WestSmartEV project focuses on eliminating the need for personal vehicles within the urban area and providing all electric solutions in the first-mile and last-mile trips for those commuting to the Wasatch Front area. The key components of the smart mobility program are electric bus service, e-bikes, and on-demand electric vehicle sharing.

Secure and Resilient Vehicular Platooning

National Science Foundation: TWC
Ryan Gerdes, Rajnikant Sharma

The goal of the project is to provide a secure foundation for a transportation system that increasingly relies on the cooperation, connectedness, and automation of vehicles to achieve increases in safety, efficiency, and capacity.

Semi-Automated Emergency Response System

National Science Foundation: CPS
Ryan Gerdes

The objective of this research is to design a semi automated, efficient, and secure emergency response system to reduce the time it takes emergency vehicles to reach their destinations, while increasing the safety of non-emergency vehicles and emergency vehicles alike.

Efficient Capacitive Wireless Power Transfer System for Electric Vehicles

PI: Khurram Afridi, Co-PI: Zoya Popovic
UC Boulder

We are developing near-field capacitive phased array in the ISM bands above 6MHz for charging stationary vehicles, and potentially vehicles in motion. The focus is on efficient inverters, rectifiers and associated matching networks for kW power levels with high power densities. Distributed WPT with phasing is used not only for efficiency but also for reducing fringing fields in order to meet field emission standards.

Secure and Resilient Vehicular Platooning

National Science Foundation: TWC
Ryan Gerdes, Rajnikant Sharma

The goal of the project is to provide a secure foundation for a transportation system that increasingly relies on the cooperation, connectedness, and automation of vehicles to achieve increases in safety, efficiency, and capacity.

Semi-Automated Emergency Response System

National Science Foundation: CPS
Ryan Gerdes

The objective of this research is to design a semi automated, efficient, and secure emergency response system to reduce the time it takes emergency vehicles to reach their destinations, while increasing the safety of non-emergency vehicles and emergency vehicles alike.

Office of Naval Research project

AVs’ impacts on energy demand and GHG emissions
Nadia Gkritza (PI)

The objective of the proposed work is to examine the potential effects of automation on energy demand and GHG emissions from vehicles.

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