In “EV Charging and the Vehicle-to-Grid Potential” (10:29), engineers from NextEnergy show how users can take advantage of electric vehicles not only as green transportation, but also as power suppliers. The case study of a bi-directional vehicle-to-home charging project is presented in detail. Qualcomm’s Halo technology for wireless EV charging is also demonstrated in this episode. This episode highlights: • NextHome, an experiment that makes bi-directional charging a reality • How to integrate energy systems to manage energy flows from the car, the house and the grid • How to manage the way we can purchase energy for different purposes when prices are the most affordable
In “Dynamic Wireless Charging Technology”, NextEnergy in Detroit, Michigan explains the difference between static and dynamic electric vehicle charging, and a professor from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology describes their experience with dynamically charging buses already in use in their campus. This episode highlights: • The technology allowing vehicles to be charged while in motion, through wireless power transfer • Why this type of technology will help make vehicles more efficient and easier to charge, as they will require smaller batteries • How the OLEV (Online Electric Vehicle) works following the trail of power transmitting coils
“Spotlight on Design” features video interviews and case studies, focusing on technology breakthroughs, hands-on testimonials, and the importance of fundamentals. Viewers are virtually taken to industry labs and research centers to learn how design engineers solve real-life problems. These challenges include enhancing product performance, reducing cost, improving quality and safety, while decreasing environmental impact, and achieving regulatory compliance. In the episode “Automotive Charging Infrastructure: Vehicle and Grid Integration” (21:00), engineers from NextEnergy and an infrastructure expert from General Motors explain how technologies are rapidly converging to power electric vehicles and support the overall electric grid.