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Faculty of Electrical Engineering presented a project focused on electrification of transport

Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE) of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen Zdeněk Peroutka presented the project of Electrical Technology with a high proportion of embedded intelligence for transport in the Chamber of Deputies of the Pilsen City Hall on Friday, November 22. The RICE Research Center of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering for a four-year project received support under the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) strategy of the Pilsen metropolitan area. Industrial enterprises can also participate in the solution of a socially important topic.

The project of Electro-technical technologies with a high proportion of embedded intelligence was launched on 1 January 2019 and will run until the end of 2022. The RICE FEL Research Center has received CZK 95 million from the Operational Program Research, Development, Education.

“The leitmotif of the project is the electrification of transport. This is often associated with the term electromobility, but misunderstood only about electric cars. Our concept of electromobility is much broader and includes road, rail and air transport, ”said the perception of the topic by FEL Dean Zdeněk Peroutka, according to which the electrification of transport is a significant society-wide problem.

“Without successful projects in the field of science, research and innovation connected with the University of West Bohemia, our city cannot be successful in the long term,” said the Mayor of the City of Pilsen, Martin Baxa, at the opening of the conference of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering. In his speech, he appreciated that the University of West Bohemia focused on fields in which it was always strong, and managed to build large research centers. "The University of West Bohemia quickly realized that its success was linked to its ability to focus on modern technological development," said Mayor Martin Baxa, according to which "an economy based on research, development and products with higher added value will ensure Pilsen long-term prosperity."

As the Deputy Governor of the Pilsen Region for Regional Development, EU Funds and Informatics Ivo Grüner said, the region, city and UWB must speak with one voice. "If we work together, and I see that this project is the basis of such cooperation, we can be seen and important even within Europe," he said.

"Thanks to the links between the university, industry, public administration and institutions such as the Business and Innovation Center, Regional Development Agency or Pilsen Science and Technology Park, integrated territorial investment has been built as a consistent development program that brings evident results," is one of the important results of the project aimed at the development of embedded intelligence and electrical systems in transport.
The RICE Research Center, led by FEL Dean Zdeněk Peroutka, who is the principal investigator of the project, has defined three research tasks.

The first research task is new technologies of electrical equipment of vehicles. RICE researchers will introduce new solutions for both main and auxiliary vehicle drives, new elements of power electronic vehicle systems, new electrical machine solutions, and a new level of intelligence in vehicle control and diagnostic systems and components, including artificial intelligence.

The second research task of the project deals with the infrastructure for transport technology, especially power and charging systems, which are crucial for the operation of electrified vehicles. Attention will be focused on technology of public transport substations and especially on wireless charging systems.

“To realize a civic interesting, comfortable and meaningful city public transport that is fully electrified, we need how we can plan such transport,” explained Zdeněk Peroutka as part of the description of the third subtask. This includes advanced modeling and planning tools for urban public transport. The aim is to determine what the fleet of vehicles to be deployed in a city should look like, what the power and charging infrastructure needed to operate, and how to operate all lines. According to Zdeněk Peroutka, the investment burden on city budgets should be kept to a minimum. "Solving this mathematically is not a simple task at all, and we are working on solving this problem within the project," said the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UWB.

Dean Zdeněk Peroutka described the technologies developed by RICE researchers for the development of electromobility and explained the possibilities of their application. These are foreseen in road transport (both public transport vehicles, hybrid and electric passenger cars), rail transport and aviation.

He also called on industry representatives to participate in the project. “We would like to cooperate with you during the project to experimentally verify our results and to find suitable application and implementation of the achieved results in your products,” said Zdeněk Peroutka.