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Distinguished Lecture (online) | Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles: Wired and Wireless Solutions by Prof Udaya K Madawala

Power Electronics Society

Global concerns relating to air-quality and depleting fossil reserves are further exacerbated by the rapidly escalating number of vehicles on roads around the world. Although electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining wider acceptance as the means of future transport, addressing these concerns, an efficient, compact and reliable power electronic interface is essential for grid integration of EVs.

This seminar presents trends together with the latest advances in grid integration of EVs and its impact on the power grid and infrastructure. Both wired and wireless technologies employed for grid integration of EVs are presented, discussing safety, standards, magnetics, power levels, efficiency and cost etc. The seminar focuses particularly on the stationary and dynamic wireless EV charging technology and presents its latest advances, highlighting the challenges and future directions.

9:00 – 9:10 Introduction of the speaker, Prof Jun Liang, Cardiff School of Engineering
9:10 – 10:00 Distinguished Lecture, Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles (EVs): Wired and Wireless Solutions, Professor Udaya K. Madawala, The University of Auckland
10:00 – 10:15 Q&A Session, Chair Prof Jun Liang

About the speaker: Udaya K. Madawala graduated with a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) (Hons) degree from The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1987, and received his PhD (Power Electronics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1993 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. In 1997 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Auckland and, at present as a Full Professor, he focuses on a number of power electronics projects related to bi-directional wireless EV charging systems for V2G-H2V applications.

Udaya is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Power Electronic Society (PELS), and has over 30 years of 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, conference, technical committee and chapter activities. Currently, Udaya is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and a member of both the Administrative Committee and Membership Development Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. 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 IEEE and IET journal and conference publications, holds a number of patents related to wireless power transfer (WPT) and power converters, and is a consultant to industry.

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