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Transformative Role of Photovoltaics in the Transportation Sector

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Alicia Tomaszewski – tec@ieee.org
Rajendra Singh

Abstract:  The transportation sector is one of the largest greenhouse gas creator in the US. Electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to offset a huge portion of the nation’s carbon footprint.  The use of photovoltaics (PV) and batteries results in a local direct current (DC) powered network that is resilient, reliable, sustainable and economical as the cost of solar power has decreased to levels lower than any other electricity-generating source, and the cost of batteries continues to decline at a rapid pace. The local DC power network is the ideal solution to create electricity infrastructure to meet the need for electric vehicle (EV) based transportation sector.  Autonomous vehicles based on electrical power will provide “personal mobility’ which will be the driver of the disruptive digital economy in the 21st century.  In this paper, the transformative role of PV in the transportation sector including proof of concept data of PV based DC power network in the transport sector will be presented.

Biography: Rajendra Singh is D. Houser Banks professor in the Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Automotive Engineering at Clemson University (CU). He is also the Director of the Center for Nanoelectronics at CU. He left India in 1973 and during the energy crisis of 1973 decided to do a Ph.D. dissertation in the area of Silicon Solar Cells. In the last 43 years, he has contributed and witnessed the growth of the photovoltaic industry. With proven success in operations, project/program leadership, R&D, product/process commercialization, and start-ups, Dr. Singh is a leading technologist with the focused goal of electrification of the transportation sector. He is a fellow of IEEE, SPIE, ASM, and AAAS. Dr. Singh has received a number of international awards. In 2014, he was honored by US President Barack Obama as a White House “Champion of Change for Solar Deployment” for his leadership in advancing solar energy with photovoltaic technology. 

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