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The electrification of transportation technologies is an important step towards reducing green house pollutants such as CO2 and NOx. Charging of electrical transportation from fossil fuel based generation does not give the maximum benefits with respect to reduction of green house gases. By employing electricity obtained from renewable energy sources, electric transportation technologies are 100% pollution free and environment friendly. The development of electric passenger cars has reached a level of performance which is superior to that of combustion engines. The biggest hurdle that hinders the usage of electric vehicles is the limited electrical energy which can be stored on-board since energy densities of battery technologies are still lagging significantly behind the energy density provided by fuels such as diesel or petrol. 

Other transportation methods also being converted into electric-powered systems. These include light electric vehicles such as electric bike and scooters, commercial and industrial use of non-road vehicles such as forklifts, cranes and tractors; electric ships and boats; electric aircraft; and rail-road transportation systems.

Research topics of the department of IEPC related to this field are focused on different aspects of electric transportation technologies. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles (Vehicle-to-Grid)
  • Energy-efficient electrical drives
  • Battery management systems (BMS)
  • Energy management systems (EMS) 
  • On-board charging technologies
  • Fast charging technologies
  • Wireless charging technologies

IEPC Microgrids Research on 'Engineering Today'
An article on Microgrid research by the Dept. of IEPC at the University of Malta was featured in issue 56 (April 2017) of 'Engineering Today', the Chamber of Engineers' quarterly magazine. 
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Last Updated: 27 March 2017

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