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Reference Number EP/D064066/1
Title A novel generator system for series hybrid electric vehicles
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 75%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 25%;
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
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Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 19 January 2007
End Date 18 January 2010
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £120,550
Industrial Sectors Energy; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region North East
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr V Pickert , Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng, Newcastle University (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , HILTech Developments Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract In 2010 nearly 0.5% off all manufactured vehicles in Europe will be series hybrid electric vehicles. The UK, France and Germany are expected to be key markets for this technology. The series hybrid electric vehicle has its wheels driven only by an electric motor powered by a battery, with an engine plant that provides electric power to the battery and if necessary to the electric drive. Cost, weight and size of the battery, electric motor and electric generator are still remaining hurdles.In recent years significant progress has been made in new battery technologies, electric propulsion designs and optimisation of power flow and control of the electric components to reduce mainly the weight but also the cost. While these developments have been made successfully, little attention has been spent on improvement of the generator.Conventional generators are either expensive or suffer from commutation reactive power. The cause of commutation reactive power is a voltage drop acrossthe machine reactance. Commutation reactive power leads to inefficient generator systems, which requires large cooling equipment.The project proposes a generator system that eliminates commutation reactive power. The circuit claims a reduction in cooling requirements and weight without a rise in cost or size. In addition the system can be easily manufactured and integrated in a vehicle.Research on the new generator system will focus on machine design, components and control.The outcome of the project will be an advantage not only for car manufacturers but also for automotive supply companies and other industries that are using generator systems
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