With the significant uptake in the use of fully-electric or hybrid-electric drive-chains for personal and commercial vehicles, coupled with the desire for greater range capability of these vehicles, the suitable provision of power from the grid to the vehicle and vice-versa becomes a key bottleneck. Whilst chargers for electric vehicles are now capable of extremely high efficiencies, the question of how the electrical grid can support such large numbers of chargers and in particular, which technology or location is required becomes of increasing importance. Development of battery technologies and operational voltages upwards of 800V will also require adaptation of existing charging infrastructures and perhaps the integration of energy storage systems, in order to ease the strain placed upon the electrical utility supply.
This workshop aims to address some of the issues that affect the infrastructure of an ever-expanding EV charging network and its interface to the electrical supply. From a power electronics development perspective, the workshop will focus on how DC charging systems will supersede the previous trends in AC charging systems, in particular the questions concerning the provision of fast- and high power-charging for both personal and commercial vehicles will be addressed by experts from academia, industry and the electrical network providers.
The workshop is aimed at experts who would like to get insight into the latest developments in this field, but also at the beginners and experienced practitioners who want to get an overview of this challenging field.