Will Roads Be Able to Supply Cars With Energy in the Future?
Within the project "InductInfra - Inductive Dynamic Energy Supply of Vehicles via Road Traffic Infrastructure" the Institute of Electrical Machines under the direction of Professor Kay Hameyer and the Institute of Highway Engineering under the direction of Professor Markus Oeser cooperate in this field. The project is financed by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the framework of the "Road Innovation Program" with about 1.6 million Euros until October 2023.
Both institutes want to develop concepts and material systems for energy transmission between vehicle and road and to research integration into the infrastructure. The aim is for vehicles to draw the energy required for operation or rapid charging from an induction field while driving. Induction modules embedded in the road generate the energy required for this. The project aims to develop the induction modules, the necessary materials and the technologies for their permanent integration into the transport infrastructure. Furthermore, the potential, operational safety and economic efficiency of supplying the induction modules with renewable energy will be determined.
Currently, the electrification of individual and commercial transport is in focus. There are still many problems for long-distance traffic, such as the lack of range, battery size, battery weight and the incomplete charging infrastructure. One possible solution could be continuous charging or energy transfer between the vehicle and the road during the journey. Electric vehicles with a virtually unlimited range, moderate battery size and low battery weight would thus become possible.
Source: Press and Communications RWTH