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Reference Number EP/Y02477X/1
Title Zero-Magnets Electric Drive for Electric Vehicles (Z-M Drive)
Status Funded
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency (Transport) 20%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies 80%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr V Pickert
No email address given
Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 January 2024
End Date 30 June 2026
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £627,150
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region North East
Programme Business Partnerships Fund
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr V Pickert , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr G Atkinson , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr S Odhano , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
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Abstract The early-stage Prosperity Programme marks an exciting collaboration between two esteemed partners: GKN Automotive (GKN) and Newcastle University (NU), who share a common objective of radically changing electric drives (eDrives) for electric vehicles (EVs) by eliminating magnets. While magnets have been the go-to solution for most EVs, they are not environmentally sustainable. Our ultimate goal is to develop zero-magnet electric drives (Z-M Drives) that can create a more resilient and affordable EV industry accessible to everyone. This 30-month project will involve a team of six dedicated researchers from GKN and NU working on radical innovative ideas in Z-M Drives to position us as technological leaders in this field.Building on the success of our existing partnership through the GKN Automotive Advanced Research Centre for the past year and a half, where we have made significant strides in improving magnet-based eDrives, the early-stage Prosperity Programme serves as a critical steppingstone towards our vision of becoming life-long partners in Z-M Drives research.Our research will focus on enhancing the Rotating Transformer Electric Excited Synchronous Motor (RT-EESM) drive, which is a promising contender in the future EV market. Currently, the RT-EESM requires two control power units, which can be costly and create reliability issues. In this collaboration, we aim to reduce the need for an entire power unit without compromising control of the eDrive. Additionally, we will investigate a high-efficiency air cooling system that can replace complex water and oil cooling systems. Moreover, we will apply the RT-EESM to a 6-phase motor, which is more robust against faults than the 3-phase motors currently used in EV applications. However, developing advanced control strategies is necessary, particularly when the number of power units is reduced. Ultimately, we will demonstrate a fully operational prototype to the public upon project completion.
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