UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering to Showcase Research at 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium

Running May 6 through 9, the event showcases a variety of electric transportation technologies

A diagram of campus electrical power distribution.

UC Riverside researchers and the university's Physical Plant staff are working together with government and industry to develop a smart, sustainable campus power grid.

The Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside will showcase its energy related research at the 26th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 6–9, 2012.

EVS26 is the global electric transportation industry’s premier and largest forum, showcasing all forms of technologies in the market place and on the drawing board. It brings together thousands of academic, government, and industry professionals.

Dean Abbaschian on stairwell

Bourns College of Engineering Dean Reza Abbaschian

“EVS26 is a unique opportunity to showcase our research and the partnerships we’ve developed in working toward a clean, sustainable energy future for transportation,” said Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. “We’re looking forward to demonstrating what we have achieved with our partners and discussing with others ways we can move the world forward in developing new technologies and solutions.”

The college’s newest research center, the Winston Chung Global Energy Center, will partner in the symposium’s exhibitor area with a group of companies owned by Chinese inventor, entrepreneur and Fellow of the Bourns College of Engineering Winston Chung. The companies include U.S.-based electric vehicle manufacturers Balqon, Krystal, and Metalcrafters, as well as Chung’s China-based company Winston Global Energy. The companies will be present in booth 1215 in the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall A.

In 2011, Chung gave more than $13 million to the Bourns College of Engineering to support energy related research, through an endowment to support professorships in sustainability and energy innovation and the creation of Winston Chung Global Energy Center.  His gifts also support six BCOE faculty research projects related to sustainable energy and storage systems, which will be showcased at EVS26.

Additionally, Chung donated a 1.1-megawatt bank of rare earth lithium-ion batteries that are being used for research and for powering Winston Chung Hall, one of two engineering buildings on the UCR campus. Support for the battery installation, including the cabinets, chargers, inverters, and battery management system, is provided by Balqon.

Also represented at EVS 26 will be the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology, which this year celebrates 20 years of leadership in research in sustainable energy, transportation systems, atmospheric processes, emissions and fuels, and solar energy.

Earlier this year, CE-CERT was awarded a $2-million grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District to develop and deploy a solar-electric transportation system that will serve the UCR campus and nearby Riverside community. The project is a collaboration between Balqon, Bourns Inc., SolarMax, Winston Global Energy, the City of Riverside, Riverside Public Utilities, Riverside Transit Agency, and UCR Physical Plant.

Location:
Booth 1215, West Hall A
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

EVS 26 show hours:
Sunday, May 6, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (open to public, $10 admission)
Monday, May 7, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 8, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

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