V2G commercialisation: Aston University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) commissioned a permanent electric vehicle to grid (V2G) charging system first developed in Japan. It is part of the EU project Itheca that will see the institute develop a smart control algorithm to optimise energy distribution between the grid and connected EVs.
Testing inductive charging: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) runs trials with wireless charging solutions from 6.6 kW to 10 and even 19 kW. Test mules are electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by Toyota and Hyundai, including the Prius and Kia Soul EV.
U.S.-China research: The DOE earmarked 12.5 m dollars for a consortium that aims to improve the efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Hybrid systems are part of the initiative of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center that sees R&D centres set up and funded in both countries.
High voltage MLCCs: TDK expands its CGA range of its high voltage multi-layer ceramic capacitors. The new CGA6 and CGA9 series come with a rated voltage of 1,000 V. They are made for use in wireless charging units, DC-DC converters and on-board chargers in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
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