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Advanced Electric Machine Drive Systems for Electrified Transportation and Renewable Energy

Key project details

Principal investigator Chunyan Lai, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University

Co-principal investigators

Pragasen Pillay, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, NSERC/Hydro-Qu├ębec Senior Industrial Research Chair, Concordia University; Narayan C. Kar, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Canada Research Chair in Electrified Vehicles, University of Windsor; Azeem Khan, professor, director, Department of Electrical Machines and Drives, Condition Monitoring, University of Cape Town; Paul Barendse, professor, deputy director, Electrical Machines and Drives, Condition Monitoring, University of Cape Town

Research collaborators

Sampath Jayalath, Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town
Non-academic partners Magna International Inc.,  SANEDI
Research Keywords Electric drives, electric vehicle, multilevel converter, battery management system, condition monitoring, renewable energy
Budget Cash: $280,000 In-Kind: $156,000

Research focus

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Integrated electric traction drive system

This part of the research aims to revolutionize Electric Vehicle (EV) efficiency and affordability. By integrating electric motor, power converter and battery pack within the Electric Traction Drive System (ETDS), the goal is to improve overall system efficiency by 5-10 per cent and promote transportation electrification.

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Resilient wind energy systems

Focusing on small to medium-scale wind energy systems, this project addresses the gap in technology and commercial potential for such systems. By developing efficient, reliable systems tailored for low wind speeds, remote areas and weak grids, it aims to accelerate the adoption of green power solutions in developing countries while addressing challenges posed by generator faults and inverter switching harmonics on battery storage.

Non-academic partners

Thank you to our non-academic partners for your support and trust.

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