Interfacing Major Subsistence for Resilient Electric Charging Facilities for Rural Areas

PI: Herbert Hess (UI),, ORCID: 0000-0003-1099-3854

Co PIs: none

AMOUNT & MATCH: $40,000 from PacTrans; $40,000 Match

PERFORMANCE PERIOD: 3/16/2022 – 3/15/2023

STATUS: Active

CATEGORIES: Electric Charging, Rural Areas



FINAL PROJECT REPORT: will be available once completed

PROJECT DATA: will be available once completed

DESCRIPTION: Our research group has developed major subsystems for our stand‐alone vehicle charging station for remote locations. These address major elements of such a complex system: energy capture, energy storage, and energy dispensing. Photovoltaic panels capture the energy.

A field regulated reluctance machine (FRRM) stores the energy and makes it available for a vehicle battery. A secure cyber physical control system arranges for dispensing the energy to an electric vehicle, providing billing and reliable, secure delivery. Each of these pieces is either complete or nearing successful development.

What is now necessary is an interface based on power electronics to assemble the pieces into a functional vehicle battery charging unit for remote, off‐grid locations typical of much of the rural Pacific Northwest. In this project, we propose to do this deceptively difficult task of interfacing this larger interconnected system. Beginning with working prototypes of each subsystem, we will build the necessary interface electronics and software, coordinate the communications and controls, and debug the combined result.

Research Project Progress Report #1 10/10/2022
No Cost Extension Request 1/15/2023
Draft Report 1/15/2023
Final Project Report 3/15/2023