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Welcome to our first PowerDrive newsletter
of the project!

With the purpose of transforming road transportation in Europe to zero-emission mobility, PowerDrive project, funded by the European Commission, aims at developing next generation, highly efficient, cost-effective, and compact power electronics solutions that integrate a portfolio of technologies for multi-objective optimisation of electric powertrains of battery electric vehicles.

On 3 May 2022 partners in PowerDrive (Power electronics optimisation for next generation electric vehicle components) met for the project kick off meeting.

During the consortium meeting, partners presented their Work Packages (WPs) within the scope of the project and gathered feedback for establishing an optimal collaborative network.

The PowerDrive project officially started in May 2022 for a period of 42 months

The PowerDrive consortium hold frequently their progress meeting since the kick-off meeting in May 2022, to discuss developments in the research as well obstacles and next steps.

Every six months, the Consortium holds General Assembly (GA), alternating between online and FaceToFace meetings. The first online GA was held on 6 November 2022, the next GA will be held in Sweden (Gothenburg) on 25 May 2023 at Chalmers University of Technology.
A dissemination session on European electric vehicle projects was held on 27 September 2022 and took place in Catania (Italy) within the third Conference on Sustainable Mobility (CSM 2022). The project manager Wilmar Martinez, KU Leuven, presented the main objectives of our project. The main aim of this event was to network with other winning projects securing good collaboration with other activities performed at European level that will have an impact on the development of zero tailpipe emission mobility in Europe.
On 11 September 2023, PowerDrive will be present as an exhibitor at the ICE2023 16th International Conference on Engines & Vehicles for Sustainable Transport at Capri, Naples, Italy.
ICE CONFERENCE was created almost 30 years ago, with the aim to encourage the exchange of scientific and practical knowledge in the main theme of the vehicle and it has always been imagined as a forum to promote the cooperation between industry, research laboratories and universities.

KU Leuven, Belgium (Research Partner) Coordinator of the project. It is one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe and the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure.
• Leader of WP3 – Integrated On-board Charger: it intends to develop the power conversion stages of the on-board charger following the powertrain targets and the external factors (driving cycles) of WP1 and WP8
• Leader of WP10 – Coordination: This WP aims at conducting the overall project coordination and organisation, including management of financial resources, consortium requirements, communications, data, and quality control, as well as a continuous follow-up of the whole project.

Tampere, Finland (Research Partner): it was created on 1 January 2019 as a merger of Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere. TAU conducts scientific research in technology, health and society and provides the highest education within these fields.
• Leader of WP7 – Modelling and Simulation. The main aims of this WPs are reduced-order simulation tool for time-domain analysis of powertrains and the optimisation procedure for cost, weight and size reduction of magnetic components and the cooling system.

Chalmers, Sweden (Research Partner): it was founded in 1829. Since then, it has been leading research in life sciences, materials science, information technology, micro-and nanotechnology, environmental sciences, and energy.
• Leader of WP2 – Integrated Drive Inverter: the objective of this WP is to develop an integrated drive inverter technology for compact and cost-efficient drivetrains for passenger vehicles

NEVS/Volvo, Sweden (Industrial Partner): NEVS will leave the Consortium and the tasks will be taken over by Volvo (amendment pending).
• Leader of WP1 – System Architecture, Assembly, Testing and Demonstration: it aims at building and testing the demonstration powertrain integrating the results of the other technical WPs.

SMA Magnetics, Poland (Industrial Partner): It is a magnetic component manufacturer founded in 1981. The R&D team at SMA-M is conducting research on magnetics phenomena in magnetic materials and windings, mechanical system integration, power electronics topologies, and new ways of magnetic component integration into the system.
• Mainly involved in WP3 as a Task Leader of T3.1 focused on the magnetic materials and arrangements for the components needed in the powertrain. Such information of materials and arrangements will be adapted for the converters and system models.

Infineon, Germany (Industrial Partner): It is a world leader in semiconductors. Chips from Infineon play an essential role wherever electric energy is generated, transmitted and used efficiently.
• WP4 – Integrated Semiconductor Power Modules: it will develop the next generation SiC power module and innovate towards integration of sensors and gate drivers.

Rogers, Belgium (Industrial Partner): It is a global technology leader in specialty engineered materials that enable high performance and high reliability in EV/HEV, wireless infrastructure, automotive safety and portable electronics.
• Leader of WP5 – Joining and Connector Technologies: it will develop innovative joining and connectors technologies as well as the evaluation of their integration in the next powertrain generation

SCIRE, Italy (Research Partner): It is a non-profit organisation that brings together the expertise in the engineering sector of Tor Vergata University of Rome and the expertise in market exploitation and communication of SCIRE team to promote technology transfer between research centres and private organisations.
• WP6 – Thermal and Cooling Systems: Its aim is to design and evaluate the performance of the cooling circuit in the powertrain system.
• WP9 – Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication: It considers communication, dissemination, and exploitation activities, ensuring involvement from all partners, deploying channels of awareness for project findings and exploitation plans that target the stakeholders and the European Commission.

TC Dublin, Ireland (Research Partner): It was founded in 1592, Trinity is Ireland’s highest ranked university. The Trinity Centre for Transport Research and Innovation for People (TRIP) is an interdisciplinary centre. Its aim is to develop and deliver cohesive and dynamic interdisciplinary research on a several topics.
• WP8 – Traffic Modelling and EV Driver Behaviour: It develops several EV driving profiles examining eco-driving tools to ensure less aggressive and more eco aware driving styles.

MathWorks, The Netherlands (Industrial Partner): It is the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists, who rely on its products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development.
• Mainly involved in WP1 related to the Task 1.4 System modelling and optimisation. The numerical models of the whole powertrain system will be developed using MathWorks tools.

This project has received funding from European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme H2020 (GA No. 101056857)
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