Autonomous Vehicles And The Need For An Autonomous Charging Solution
Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA
Great America K
12:40 - 13:00
An autonomous electric vehicle, whether an EV, eBus, or even an industrial EV, is only fully autonomous until the point when it needs to be plugged in. Without a reliable, scalable solution to charge without user intervention the true potential of autonomous vehicles - the ability to handle the time-consuming and often frustrating side-tasks that do not get you any faster to your destination - can't be fully unlocked and users will still be frustrated with a vehicle that comes to you nearly-uncharged or having to follow the vehicle to a parking space so that it can charge during downtimes. Allowing self-driving vehicles to maintain their own state of charge can have significant impacts on the availability and rollout of charging infrastructure, the need for widespread DC Fast Charging, and even the widespread adoption of EVs in areas where home charging is not a given, particularly in dense urban centres. The need now is for a scalable, easily-adopted system of wireless power transfer that can be used in a variety of markets and applications to encourage the adoption of self-park, self-drive, and autonomous vehicles.
Dr. Brice Jamieson is the Director of Technology at ELIX Wireless Charging systems, developing low-frequency, magnetically-coupled power transfer systems for high-efficiency power transfer in the EV, eTransit, and medical wireless spaces. He is a specialist in ferromagnetic materials for power devices, previously as a Senior Scientist with ABB Corporate Research in Kraków, Poland and before that as a postdoctoral researcher at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. He received his Ph.D. in Microelectronic Engineering in 2010 from the National University of Ireland/University College Cork where he worked at Tyndall National Institute on micromagnetic devices and materials for high-frequency, silicon-integrated microtransformers. He has a B.E. in Engineering Physics and B.Sc. (3-yr) in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan (2005).
ELIX Wireless produces the most unique wireless power systems in the world, using coupled permanent magnets to deliver low-frequency, low-EMI, high-efficiency wireless power for EV, eTransit, Material Handling, and many more applications. ELIX's patented MagnetoDynamic Charging technology is a scalable, modular solution to wireless power where systems may be combined to achieve higher power capacities as is needed. ELIX is an early-revenue stage startup with customers around the world and will be launching a 7.7 kW wireless charger for EVs in late 2017.