Matching electric cars to the driver
Many people are not quite sure if an electric vehicle would fit into their everyday life. A new smartphone app might help with this issue.
A new app helps drivers decide if switching from a petrol-driven car to an electric car is a viable solution for them – and which vehicle model would be best suited to their individual requirements. It was developed by engineers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum under the auspices of Prof Dr Constantinos Sourkounis. Using the smartphone app, drivers can record their typical routes while, for instance, using their petrol-driven car. Based on the gathered data, the program generates a list of vehicle models that would meet the driver’s requirements, for example cars with sufficient range. Information pertaining to cost saving can also be provided.
New sensor technology for e-vehicle batteries
Batteries for electric vehicles are expensive. This must change if the vehicles are to establish themselves in the market. RUB engineers are currently adjusting one important element.
Engineers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new concept for current and voltage sensors for batteries that might become particularly relevant for electric vehicles (EV). An EV battery is made up of individual blocks, each of which contain up to twelve cells. Typically, each cell is monitored by its own voltage sensor. Designed by Philip Dost, the new system requires only one single voltage sensor, thus reducing overall weight and costs. “Just like the cells, the sensors are a considerable weight and cost driver,” as Philip Dost explains the relevance of the new invention. “Some industrial enterprises have already expressed their interest in our innovation.” The system made in Bochum already exists as a lab prototype. Florian Langner realised it in his Master’s thesis at the Institute of Power System Technology and Power Mechatronics.
Bayern 2 - Klaro Nachrichten für Kinder zum Thema Elektroautos
Professor Sourkounis hat einen kurzen Beitrag zu den klaro - Nachrichten für Kinder des Bayrischen Rundfunks (Bayern 2) gleistet. Die Schüler der Klasse 4d der Grundschule Göggingen-West haben ihn zum Thema Elektroautos befragt.
Foto (von links): Prof. Constantinos Sourkounis, Geschäftsführerin des Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Ruhr Annika Schulze Aquack, Bottrops Bürgermeister Klaus Strehl und weitere ASB-Mitarbeiter im September 2015.
VDE Award Ceremony
With the increasing share of renewable energies and the amount of converter-fed consumers in the electrical supply grid, power and supply quality are both compromised. Thus in future renewable power generation plants and in particular wind energy conversion systems need to further contribute to grid support and grid stability. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Constantinos Sourkounis, Ph.D. student Johnny Chhor has made a contribution within his master thesis “Control of Wind Energy Conversion Systems with Doubly-fed Induction Generators during Grid Voltage Dips”. His master thesis has been awarded by the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) with this year’s “VDE award for outstanding graduations” at the fair “E-world energy & water” in Essen, Germany, on 18 February 2016.
For further information, press releases: Faculty ETIT, VDE Rhein-Ruhr
24-11-2015 ICRERA 2015
EneSys organizes the next Special Session. At the conference ICRERA in 2015 the Special Session had to be enlarged to cope with the mass of submitted papers. Unfortunately there were still many papers which had to be allocated to other sessions.
From 22th to 25th November 2015 the 4th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications will occur (www.icrera.org). Prof. Dr. Constantinos Sourkounis and his team from the RUB department EneSys organise a Special Session on “Electric Drives and Power Electronic Applications in the Field of Renewable Energy and Electric Mobility”.
This year the Conference takes place in Palermo, Italy. The first Conference was in the year 2012.
This special session aims to present and discuss new clean, energy efficient and cost-effective technologies which are able to further drive the development of renewables and electric mobility, as well as to present solutions that exploit the synergy potential between the two sectors.
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Electromobility - Closing Event for the Project LEM
The project "Long Distance Electromobility" was finished with the year 2014, successfully. To conclude the project a public closing event with exhibition will take place at the Ruhr-University Bochum on Friday 27th of March in 2015. You will find the programme (German) with the following link. To participate you may register with the registration form (German).
Special Session at ESARS 2015 Aachen
On ESARS 2015 EneSys is organising a special session regarding the topic "Range Extension for Electric Vehicles and Extended Range Electric Vehicles". The Session is chaired by Prof. Sourkounis and the Co-Chair Prof. Staudt.
Closing Event for Project SecMobil
The closing event of the successful project Secure E-Mobility was held on 5th February 2015 in Bochum. Central research results of the project and developed demonstration prototypes were presented.
Female test drivers needed to test electric vehicles
The institute is looking for female test drivers to become part of the field test in the project "Long distance electromobility". Application forms can be found at the project website.
Award for Prof. Sourkounis
Prof. Sourkounis received the award for the best research team at the 9th International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies held in Monaco in March 2014. Under the direction of Prof. Sourkounis, the research team of EneSys contributed significantly to the conference EVER'14 with more than ten papers.
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Two extra parking spaces exclusive for electric vehicles are now available in front of the ID Building in the university campus. They are mainly intended for the numerous test drivers participating in the project "Long-distance electromobilty", a project that has enjoyed a high public acceptance so far. Now the charging becomes much easier, as the parking places equipped with charging stations are reserved only for electri vehicles.
Quick-Charger in Bochum installed
2013-05 - The first quick-charger of the project "Long distance electromobility" has been installed in Bochum. The Quick-Charger is installed at the USB (Umweltservice Bochum GmbH) in Hanielstraße. It allows electric vehicles to charge the battery up to 80% in about 20 minutes.
EST und EMOB at the facultys master-infoday
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2012-12-07 - Kick-off Event "Long distance electromobility"
Celebrated as a beaer of hope, the electric car copes the short distance, but haven't yet managed to take long tours. So this problem bothers the research group around Prof. Constantinos Sourkounis at ther projekt for "Everyday use of electric vehicles - long-distance suitability and acceptance" .Among the guests at today's opening ceremony were also the Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Energy, Industry, Trade and Craft of North Rhine Westphalia, Dr. Günther Horzetzky and the Rector of the RUB, Prof. Prof. Weiler.
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2012-10 - International Fair for Electric- and Hybrid-Mobility
2012-10- Test operators needed
The institute is looking for test operators to become part of the field test in the project "Long distance electromobility".
You find the application form at the project website.
2012-07 - Battery Management System
A flat battery can turn an unsuspecting car driver into an unintentional pedestrian. The fact that vehicle batteries go flat all of a sudden is a well-known problem, but one that can also be avoided in future. Scientists from the RUB department for Energy Systems Technology and Power Mechatronics headed by Professor Dr. Constantinos Sourkounis and Philip Dost have now developed an effective early warning system together with the Isabellenhütte Heusler GmbH & Co. KG.
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2012-07 - Project "Long distance electromobility" started
Within the cooperation project "Suitability for daily use of electromobility - Long distance suitability and acceptance" the range problem of electric cars is analysed by fleet tests and measurements.
The research consists of three main points:
1) Examination and improvement of the energy efficiency in the vehicles
2) Testing and analysis of electric vehicles with range-extender
3) Testing and analysis of electric vehicles with fast charging possibility
The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.
EneSys will be the consortium manager. The project partners are Adam Opel AG, Delphi Deutschland GmbH, GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG, Franz Rüschkamp GmbH & Co. KG, Stadtwerke Bochum GmbH and USB Umweltservice Bochum GmbH.
2012-07 - Announcement of the lecture "Mobile mechatronic drive systems"
The new lecture "Mobile mechatronic drive systems" will be held this summer semester as a block seminar.
Date: Monday, 17.09 to Wednesday, 19.09.2012
Time: from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm o'clock with a break from 12:00 am to 1:00 pm o'clock.
Location: Room ID 04/401
Please also read the blackboard next to the secretariat ID 1/219.
2012-04 - Come and see us at the great fair of Hannover!
Come and get in touch from April 23rd to 27th of 2012. You will find us at North Rhine-Westphalian exhibition stand (E60) in the fair hall (27) at the Hannover Messe!
2011-12-23 - Kind Regards and Merry Christmas from EneSys
2011-10-05 - BO.Ing
When it's said to be "BO.Ing", they come in droves. Around 400 students from Bochum and environment, want to know more about study and career opportunities for engineers from first hand. The Department of Medical Technology, plasma researchers from the SFB-TR 87, "Power of Wind" from the Chair EneSys and the Horst Görtz Institute for IT security were in the Ruhr-Congress, Bochum, at the 5th and 6th of October.
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2011-10-04 - Charging station dedication Dusseldorf
2011-10-01 - New coworker
M.Eng. Pavlos Tourou joined our team on October 1st 2011.
2011-08-31 - EneSys attends IAA (the International Automobile Show in Frankfurt)
As of the 12th of September 2011 EneSys will be represented at the IAA. Here we present our latest development in the field of electric mobility. Thus, we dare a significant step into the future and the acceptance of electric vehicles. As of 09/17/2011, the fair is open to all visitors, for which we also introduce the new master's program electromobility systems.
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2011-08-12 - First Vehicle hit 10000km-Range
On August 12th 2011 the first Vehicle from our fleet hit the range of driving of 10000km. This range was reached within a few months on the road under standard daily routine conditions. Our Test drivers beeing able to drive that car were delighted by this car and its suitablity for daily use.
2011-07-31 - Closing Event: "Civic-day Dusseldorf"
In the future, mobility should be quiet, clean and climate-friendly. Electric vehicles can make a contribution. How quite handy it is to drive with current in the "tank", citizens could experience in Dusseldorf today (2011/07/31). At the Citizens Festival "Climate-friendly fun tomorrow" several car models, Pedelecs, Segways and a hybrid bus were free to test. The event took place at the Johannes Rau square in Dusseldorf and was realized by the partners of electromobility model region Rhine-Ruhr. NRW Economics Minister Harry K. Voigtsberger opened the Bürgertag.
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2011-07-07 - Workshop: "Electromobility"
Halftime in the BMVBS project "suitability for daily use of electric mobility": at a workshop welcomed Prof. Dr.-Ing. Constantinos Sourkounis yesterday NRW Economics Minister Harry K. Voigtsberger, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, and the Chancellor of the University of Bochum Gerhard Möller. "The keynote speeches were followed by a diverse and constructive discussion between industry, academia and policy, on the current activities and funding of federal and state government for electric mobility," said Prof. Sourkounis. "Furthermore, concepts for more efficient and market-oriented cooperation of industry, and RUB were discussed."
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2011-02-09 - Key delivery for vice chancellor Elmar Weiler
If from now, the RUB Rector is silent on the road, then only for the purpose of research: Prof. Dr. Elmar Weiler, rector of the University of Bochum, since noon today, he drives an electric vehicle. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Constantinos Sourkounis officially handed him the keys, in the foyer of building ID.
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2010-12-08 - Opening Event: "Suitability for daily use of electromobility"
Harry K. Voigtsberger, minister for economics, energy, building, living and traffic of North-Rhine-Westfalia was taken by he demonstration vehicle EVE. He hopped on and even rolled a few metres through the foyer.
Also Dr. Ottilie Scholz, mayor of the city of Bochum, Prof. Dr. Ulf Eysel, prorector of the research and structure, and Prof. Constantinos Sourkounis, host and project manager were delighted.
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