Andrew Daga, CEO of Momentum Dynamics Corporation
About ten years ago when people became serious about planning the future of electric vehicles, they imagined, and then promulgated the idea, that nearly all EVs would be small cars; that people would only use them to drive less than the statistical average 40 miles per day to commute; that home garages would be the new fueling venue; that no one would mind eight hours per day of charging while they slept at night; and that, like everything else, cars would be plugged in with cords.
Today, we know that these are misconceptions. In fact, people are more mobile than ever and they want fast charging. We know they are afraid to buy an EV because they worry about driving range. We know that larger vehicles – and not just cars – are the better market target for EVs because they are naturally more popular, they use more fossil fuel, and have more volume for batteries. We have come to see that most Americans do not have a garage, and that most new car sales will happen outside the United States where very few people have access to a garage.
Therefore, we must recognize that the market has been sending us a message: Electric vehicles will be used for every purpose that ICE vehicles are used for, and so they must charge quickly, automatically, frequently, and not just at night. We must answer the real demand of consumers with a realistic industry standard that is based on a deep understanding of the physical science, as well as the full market potential, of resonant magnetic induction.
Andrew Daga is the CEO and co-Founder of Momentum Dynamics, and a co-inventor of its wireless charging technology. He is a voting member of the SAE J-2954 (Society of Automotive Engineers) taskforce committee on wireless charging interoperability, and a co-chair of the commercial vehicle applications sub-committee of J-2954. He also serves on several related SAE committees which have common standard-setting interests related to wireless charging, including J-247, which has responsibility for Communication between Plug-in Vehicles and the Utility Grid. Mr. Daga has diverse professional background that includes senior corporate management for a major software company (Bentley Systems); Senior Project Engineer for major civil engineering and construction engineering firms (Raytheon, Gilbane) where he worked on diverse projects ranging from factory mega-construction projects to the design of power generation complexes in the US and Thailand.
With Master’s degree research at the University of North Dakota, and additional thesis work, Mr. Daga has also served as a consultant to NASA and major aerospace companies (Boeing, Lockheed), and the US Department of Defense, for a range of projects and studies, including work on the solar power array mast canister mechanism and structure for the International Space Station (shown above). This work was completed for Lockheed under extraordinary time and budget pressures and delivered in time for a major NASA Critical Design Review, which involved a clever mass-reduction strategy that leveraged the EVA capabilities of astronauts. He has also completed additional work on NASA’s Constellation program working with Boeing, and is a recognized expert on astronaut human factors and system design. A study for the DOD on space-based solar power led to the original research for methods to reduce mass by substituting a novel technology for wirelessly transmitting power in space-based projects.
Application of RF techniques in power electronics
Dr. Songnan Yang, Chief Architect of Wireless Charging Solutions, Intel Corporation
While magnetic resonance technology delivers improved user experience over inductive solutions for wireless charging of consumer electronics devices, it also bring about significant technological challenges. The higher operating frequency (typically a few MHz), complicated device integration environment as well as stringent regulatory requirements demands more radio frequency (RF) techniques to be used in wireless charging, which is commonly considered a power electronics problem.
Over the past few years, along the development of Airfuel based wireless charging products ranges from wearables, phones, tablets and PCs, Intel has gained technology leadership in several key areas, such as form factor, efficiency and scalability. In particular, design methodologies leveraging RF techniques has been developed to generate solutions for unique wireless charging system challenges. In this paper, Intel’s differentiating technology in magnetic resonance wireless charging will be discussed in detail.Speaker Bio
Songnan Yang received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 2003, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA in 2008.
He is currently a Senior Staff Engineer with Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, California USA, leading the technology development of wireless power transfer solutions. His research interests include wireless charging, antennas/array design and integration, radio co-existence etc. Songnan is co-author of more than 30 IEEE journals and conference publications in areas ranged from microwave circuits, antennas and power electronics. He is inventor of more than 100 US patents and patent applications. He also serves as reviewer for various IEEE journals and conferences such as the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation letters, IEEE Radio and wireless Symposium and IEEE International Symposium of Antennas and Propagation.
Songnan was a recipient of the 2007 IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship and the 2007 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Student Abroad. Songnan was also the winner of the 2008 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium Student Paper Competition, and the 30th Annual Antenna Applications Symposium Student Paper Competition.
Lee Slezak, Vehicle Systems Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department Of Energy
The Vehicle Systems research and development (R&D) subprogram within the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) provides support and guidance for many cutting-edge automotive technologies under development. Research focuses on addressing critical barriers to advancing light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle systems to help maximize the number of electric miles driven and increase the energy efficiency of transportation vehicles. This presentation will overview of the DOE/VTO Vehicle Systems Program activities and the goals and objectives including technical research, vehicle systems R&D, integration, optimization, and interoperability, tech-to-market approaches, and transformational transportation systems.Speaker Bio
As the Manager of Vehicle Systems Activities in the Vehicle Technologies Program Lee Slezak is responsible for advanced vehicle and systems modeling, component evaluations, vehicle laboratory and field evaluations, electric vehicle codes and standards, and vehicle systems optimization activities.
Dr. John M. Miller Sr. Technical Advisor and Dr. Bruce Long, Chief Scientist, Momentum Dynamics Corporation
This tutorial is essential for anyone now using or planning on incorporating wireless chargers into their products from 1.3 kW to 200 kW and beyond. Fundamentals of WPT operation are presented including basic architecture, safety, interoperability, coexistence, coupler design, resonance compensation methods, impedance matching networks, matching a utility source to a fixed load voltage, and other critical design issues. This presentation also covers the key aspects of WPT that challenge the push to higher power levels, such as dealing with size and mass, near field communications, and commercialization hurdles that are being overcome through innovative design and integration experience. This tutorial will answer your questions on:
Dr. John M. Miller, Sr. Advisor to Momentum Dynamics Corporation
Dr. Bruce Long, Chief Scientist, Momentum Dynamics Corporation
Join us for dinner and socializing at UTK's Neyland Stadium. Neyland is the largest football stadium in the SEC, and the sixth largest in the world. Participants will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Tennessee Volunteers' home field. The event will be held Wednesday, October 5th, at 6:00pm.
For the tour of the ORNL National Transportation Research Center facilities, please contact Karen Nolen
A tour of the power electronics research labs, loacated in the Min Kao building at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will be held on the evening of Tuesday, October 4th, following the poster session. The tour is open to all attendees; registration is not required.