Project AMiCC is leading the way to the future of wireless charging of electric vehicles. The role of Loughborough University highlights the importance of advanced systems engineering concepts to expand demonstrations of wireless charging from prototypes to support a broad range of solutions that are commercially viable.
In Phase 1 of the Project AMiCC, we worked with the consortium partners to establish a baseline definition of requirements and a general system architecture. This provides an initial blueprint of the prototype solutions that will evolve as discoveries from the deployment of the prototypes sharpen the consortium initial design. Achieved using advanced model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methods developed at Loughborough, we give an insight into how the design constraints can be organised systematically and used to push the design envelope to its limit, guiding the directions of improvement and establishing boundaries for optimization that meet all existing constraints.
In AMiCC phase 2, Loughborough’s key focus will be how the existing design can be optimised. For example, one opportunity is that currently the upper limit for wireless power transfer rate is 11.1kW, specified by IEC 61980 and SAE J2954 standards. Opportunities for higher power transfer whilst maintaining an inherently safe design are being investigated.
You can read more about Loughborough University team and research field at: Dickerson, Charles E. and Siyuan Ji. 2018. “Analysis of the vehicle as a complex system, EPSRC.” Impact 2018, no. 1: 42-44
Project AMiCC is supported by Innovate UK and funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) as part of the On-Street, Wireless, and Catalysing Green Innovation Programme. With this initiative, OZEV has invested £50m in transformative R&D that puts the UK at the forefront of zero emission transport to help deliver on the UK’s decarbonisation goals and to anchor economic growth.