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Modular Megawatt-range Wireless EV Charging Infrastructure Providing Smart Grid Services (MoMeWEC)

Modular Megawatt-range Wireless EV Charging Infrastructure Providing Smart Grid Services (MoMeWEC)

Electrification of urban transport has been identified as a key enabling technology for achieving a sustainable low carbon society. In spite of the increasing number of battery electric vehicles (EV) available on the market, widespread adoption has been so far hampered by the high cost and limited capacity of the battery itself.

However, battery technology is rapidly improving and EVs with remarkable range are starting to appear at affordable price.

Unfortunately, high capacity batteries need powerful chargers to be replenished in short time, already imposing new and emerging challenges to low voltage distribution grids. The problem is expected to become even more pronounced in urban parking areas, where many high-power batteries must be charged simultaneously, resulting in complex, bulky and expensive electrical installations. Likewise, equipping all parking slots of a large residential building with powerful charging facilities may prove impractical or even impossible due to space constraints or limitations of the local grid.

MoMeWec aims at developing innovative solutions for high-power charging stations with minimum footprint and maximum flexibility, by combining the recent advances in modular converter technology, wireless inductive charging and advanced grid connection techniques for providing smart vehicle-to-grid (V2G) or vehicle-to-home (V2H) services.

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Published 24 April 2019
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Project duration

2018 - 2022