INDUCTIVE POWER COUPLING FOR AN ELECTRIC HIGHWAY SYSTEM

A Dual Mode Electric Transportation (DMET) system is under development in which energy is electromagnetically transferred from a powered roadway to moving vehicles. Energy from the roadway can be used for high-speed, long-range travel and for replenishing energy stored in the vehicle in batteries or flywheels. The stored energy is then available for short-range travel off the powered highway network. The power coupling between roadway and vehicle is functionally similar to a transformer. A source is embedded in the roadway flush with the surface. When the vehicle's pickup is suspended over the source, energy is magnetically coupled through the clearance air gap between pickup and roadway source. The electromagnetic coupling mechanism was extensively studied through computer models, circuit analyses, and by tests of a full-size physical prototype. The results of these tests are described. (ERA citation 03:031293)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • IEEE vehicular technology conference, Denver, CO, USA, 24 Mar 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Berkeley, CA  USA  94720

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20585
  • Authors:
    • Bolger, J
    • KIRSTEN, F A
    • Ng, L S
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-780303-2
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM