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The Enabling Technology for a New Wave of Electrification

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Alicia Tomaszewski – tec@ieee.org
Patrick Chi-kwong Luk

Abstract:  This talk will look at how electric machines play a central role in a new wave of electrification that is spreading through several application areas. In renewable energy applications, various forms of rotating and linear machines that are of permanent magnet or non-permanent magnet types have been designed to match the wind, wave, hydro and tidal energy. 

In electrification of transportation, electric traction machines face the competing and simultaneous demands of high power and torque density, high efficiency over a wide speed range, high reliability and low cost/kW. In addition, it is critical that the supply chain of electric machines is secure and sustainable. In aerospace industry, the challenges around noise, emission and fuel efficiency have prompted a new form of electrification – E-Thrust, which looks into developing superconducting machines to replace jet-engines in a 30 year horizon. 

Biography:  Patrick Chi-Kwong Luk is a native from Hong Kong. He received his High Diploma and MPhil degree from Sheffield University and Ph.D degree, from University of South Wales, U.K., all in electrical engineering. Currently he is the Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering and Head of Electric Power and Drives Group in the School of Engineering at Cranfield University. 

He engages in fundamental and applied research in electric machines and power electronic drives, renewable energy systems, and more-electric architectures in electric vehicles and aircraft. He is the Motor Theme leader within two UK consortia with a collective funding of over £4.5M to help develop a UK-based capability for next-generation sustainable electric traction machines for transportation. He also leads the development of a novel drive system for future vehicle-to-smartgrid systems within a £1.2M UK-China consortium that involves leading academic groups, research institutions and utility companies from both countries. 

He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the 2011 IET Premium Award in Electric Power Applications and the Excellence Award by KTN Network in 2009. He has held technical advisory roles to blue-chip companies including Mitsubishi Electric UK, Lotus Engineering and Lockheed Martin. He is the co-holder of 10 GB and US patents and applications on electric drives, and has over 170 publications and several book chapters. A Senior IEEE member, he actively volunteers his time as the Chairperson for IEEE UK&I Professional Activities, and IEEE UK&I Power Electronics Chapter. He sits in several IEEE Steering Committees, including Electric Machines Committee and Smartgrid Standards, and is an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and IET Journal for Renewable Power Generation.

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