Friday 5 April 2024 at 5:30 PM IST, 2:00 PM CET

By Bhuvaneswari Gurumoorthy (Mahindra University, Hyderabad, India)

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Due to the effects of global warming and climate change apparent in the last few decades, we are forced to adopt renewable based electricity generation, energy conservation measures and to promote battery driven electric vehicles (EVs). After the development of Tesla Cars that use Li-ion battery pack, there has been renewed interest in EVs.  In the last decade, many manufacturers of EVs have emerged all over the world and many trials are on for making driverless cars a reality. The major bottlenecks for adopting EVs are (i) the range of the vehicle, (ii) battery technology and safety, (iii) developing and installing battery charging infrastructure, (iv) cost-effectiveness and (v) availability of materials for developing motors for the power train. This talk will dwell on each of these aspects by exploring the latest technological developments and strive to answer the question posed in the title.

Presenter’s bio:

Prof. Bhuvaneswari Gurumoorthy has been in academia since her graduating with a PhD in 1992. She had a brief stint in the electric utility company ComEd in Chicago from 1994-97. She was a Professor of electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi from Aug 1997 to March 2021. Currently, she is with Mahindra University, Hyderabad.  Her areas of specialization are Power Electronics, Electrical Machines, Drives and their application areas like power supply, power quality, HVDC, electric drives, electric vehicles, battery charging and renewable energy.  Prof. Bhuvaneswari is the only Indian woman engineer to be elected as the International Member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA. She is an elected Fellow of IEEE, IET-UK, Institution of Engineers-India, Indian National Academy of Engineering, and IETE-India. She is the recipient of the IEEE Wanda-Reder Pioneer in Power Award in 2018. She was playing an active role in IEEE Delhi section; she has been the Chair of IEEE PELS-IES Delhi Chapter during 2010-11 and 2018-19. Under her stewardship, this chapter received the Best Chapter Award in 2011 from the IEEE Headquarters. She was the Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Industrial Electronics until December 2022. She has over 200 publications in International journals and peer-reviewed conferences and 6 patents to her credit.


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