Determining the social, economic, political and technical factors significant to the success of dynamic wireless charging systems through a process of stakeholder engagement

Karthikeyan Ekambaram, Shamala Evans-Gadgil, Huw Davies, Stewart Birrell, Andrew Jones

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Abstract

Globally and regionally there is an increasing impetus to electrify the road transport system. The diversity and complexity of the road transport system poses a number of challenges to elec-trification in sectors that have higher energy usage requirements. Electric Road System (ERS) is one solution. An ERS is not only an engineering project, but also a complex innovation system composed of multiple stakeholders, which requires an interdisciplinary means of aligning rela-tions, problems, and solutions. This study looked to determine the social, economic, political and technical factors critical to the success of an ERS through in-depth and semi-structured dis-cussions with key stakeholders and with a UK context. The focus is on Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer (DWPT) due to its wider market reach. The outcome of this study is knowledge of the factors that determine function and market acceptance of DWPT. These factors can be grouped into six categories: vehicle, journey, infrastructure, economic, traffic and behaviour. These fac-tors, the associated probability distributions attributable to these factors and the relations be-tween them (logic functions), will form the basis for decision making when implementing DWPT as part of the wider UK electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hence support the ambition to electrify all of road transport. The results will make a significant contribution to the emerging knowledge base on ERS and specifically DWPT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
JournalEnergies
Volume(In-press)
Publication statusSubmitted - 15 Jul 2021

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