RICE research teams are successfully completing an important ITI project
Researchers from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering are successfully completing an important 4.5-year project "Electrotechnical Technologies with a High Share of Embedded Intelligence." The major outputs of the project were presented to representatives of the city, region, and companies.
As part of the project's final conference held on Thursday, June 1, in the Formanka pavilion in Plzeňský Prazdroj, FEE Dean Prof. Zdeněk Peroutka introduced representatives of the city, region, industrial companies, and other entities to the fundamental scientific and research results achieved within the project.
During the project, new concepts of electric drive units were developed, which find application not only in road and rail transport but also open the door to new areas of electrification of shipping and air transport. The project was further focused on developing converters for power applications, where considerable progress was achieved in increasing the power density, both by volume and mass. However, the scientists of the RICE research center at the FEE also engaged in material research, where they developed and verified new techniques for connecting components or integrating control circuits and mounting elements on ceramic substrates. Developed concepts and technologies in the mentioned areas are successfully protected by international patents. Research within the project further focused on new control units with high computing power and new control techniques for both the electric machines and the entire drive units. In this area, advanced control algorithms using the most modern machine learning methods were developed, and the theory dealing with the behavior of multiphase machines was expanded. In developing equipment for transport infrastructure, the research was mainly focused on wireless charging, where the RICE research team managed to design and verify a charging system with a power of up to 65 kW with an efficiency higher than 94 % at a distance of 25 cm.
Another important output of the project is advanced transport modeling and planning tools, which allow the simulation of the transport and supply network at the same time. With the help of these tools, it is possible to evaluate mutual interactions between electric vehicles and the power grid and thus appropriately dimension the equipment of both vehicles and infrastructure. According to the Director of the Regional Development Agency of the Pilsen Region, Ing. Filip Uhlík, "the focus and outputs of the project were completely in line with the regional innovation strategy." He is happy that "the Pilsen region manages to concentrate experts and strengthen its good name in the world of research and development thanks to the RICE research team." The project published more than fifty contributions in prestigious international impact journals, three international patent applications were filed, and others are being prepared; five new strategic cooperation agreements with industrial partners were concluded, and two other international research grant projects were obtained following the project.
Thanks to the completed project "Electrotechnical technologies with a high proportion of built-in intelligence," the unique equipment of the laboratories of the RICE research center has also been expanded. The scientific and research team of RICE has been strengthened, which today ranks among the largest in Europe in the field of power electronics, electrical machines, and drives.
The four-and-a-half-year project "Electrotechnical technologies with a high proportion of built-in intelligence" was financed by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports with the amount of CZK 95 million from the Research, Development, Education Operational Program within the Strategy of integrated territorial investments (ITI) of the Pilsen Metropolitan Region.
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
| Jakub Ševčík
09. 06. 2023