Webinar “Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure”

Monday 15 May 2023 at 3:00 PM EEST, 2:00 PM CET, 8:00 AM ET

by Andrei Blinov, Oleksandr Husev, Parham Mohseni, Mohammad Mahad Nadeem, Oskar Kreft, Juhan Härm

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Restrictions on fossil fuels and related environmental pollution issues motivate many organizations and countries to set their focus on electric vehicles (EVs) rather than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. The EV market and fleet growth create continuously increasing demand for available charging infrastructure. To improve user experience, modern vehicles tend to have increased battery pack voltages that allow for faster charging rates. In the case of dc charging, this results in the need for charging converters that can cover wide range of voltage in order to be compatible with both older and forthcoming vehicles. Simultaneously to EV fleet growth and associated increase in electricity demand, challenges related to the power grid stability need to be considered and addressed. Moreover, proliferation of renewable energy technologies increased the attractiveness on dc grid technology and universal ac/dc – supplied solutions are needed to address this trend.

This seminar is devoted to the state of art overview of charging infrastructure for electric vehicle including market and infrastructure, battery technologies, novel power electronic solutions and industrial examples from Estonia and Poland. The agenda of the webinar is as follows:

14:00    Andrei Blinov. Introduction: EV market and infrastructure (10 min)

14:10    Parham Mohseni. State of art overview of battery packs technologies for EV (15 min)

14:25    Mohammad Mahad Nadeem. Overview of the wide range power electronics chargers for EV (15 min)

14:40    Oleksandr Husev. Concept of universal battery onboard/opportunity chargers for EV (15 min)

14:55    Andrei Blinov. Single-stage electric vehicle DC charging concepts (15 min)

15:10    Juhan Härm (Vool). State of the EU electric vehicle supply equipment market (20 min)

15:30    Oskar Kreft (AREX). Electric vehicle charging infrastructure as a part of the electricity management system (20 min)

15:50    Q&A and discussion

Presenters’ bio:

Andrei Blinov (Senior member, IEEE) received the M.Sc. degree in electrical drives and power electronics and the Ph.D. degree, from the Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He is currently a Senior Researcher with the Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics, Tallinn University of Technology. His research interests include the research of switch-mode power converters, new semiconductor technologies, and energy storage systems.

Oleksandr Husev (S’10–M’12-SM’19) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in industrial electronics from Chernihiv State Technological University, Chernihiv, Ukraine, in 2007 and 2008 respectively. He defended PhD thesis in the Institute of Electrodynamics of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine in 2012. He is senior researcher and project leader of the Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics, TalTech University. He has over 100 publications and is the holder of several patents. His research interests are in Power Electronics systems. Design of novel topologies, control systems based on a wide range of algorithms, including modeling, design, and simulation. Applied design of power converters and control systems and application, stability investigation.

Parham Mohseni received a B.Sc. degree in power electrical engineering from Urmia University, Urmia, in 2015, and an M.Sc. degree in power electronics and electrical machines from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tabriz, in 2017. He is working on universal bidirectional electric vehicle chargers as a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Tallinn. His research interests include onboard chargers, high step-up power electronic converters, multi-input-multi-output/single-output converters, soft switching circuits, high reliability and high-power density converters, and control and design of power electronic converters.

Mohammad Mahad Nadeem was born in Pakistan. He received his Master’s in Power Electronics at Soongsil University, South Korea in 2021 and his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from DHA Suffa University, Pakistan, in 2018. Currently, he is working as Early Stage Researcher at TalTech, Estonia.

Oskar Kreft (Power Electronics Market Department Manager, ZAiUP Arex) was born in Gdynia, Poland, in 1990. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Gdańsk University of Technology (Gdańsk Tech), Gdańsk, Poland, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He has been associated with ZAiUP Arex since 2014, where he was initially responsible for the development of power solutions for the railway market. Subsequently, he was the manager of work on a Geothermal Heating System for Rail Crossovers. He is currently working as manager of the power electronics market: EV charging infrastructure, electric drives, energy management and storage systems. He is also a co-author of several publications related to the control and innovative applications of electric drives.

Juhan Härm received master’s degree in energy trade and business management (cum laude) from Tallinn University of Technology. Previously, he worked as CEO of Loo Elekter AS, which operates Estonia’s fourth largest electricity distribution network and at Swedbank as a project manager in takeover and merger transactions.
Presently he is a CEO of electric car charger manufacturer VOOL. The company is set on creating household products that will help everyone make the most use of the grid, starting with the EV chargers and accessories.