Lecture: Basic Theories and Development Trends of Wireless Power Transfer Technologies

Speaker: Prof. Hu Aiguo

Time: 15:00 Dec. 17th, 2018

Venue: Conference Room 905, Administrative Building, Yangpu Campus

Language: Chinese

Content:Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) has drawn wide attentions of both academic researchers and design engineers, and it has been recognized as one of the technology development trends by the World Economic Forum. There is an increasing development need for wireless power supplies to movable devices for increased convenience, reliability and safety, particularly under special operating conditions where direct wire connections are difficult or impossible. However, the current technologies are still far away from being able to transfer useful amount of wireless power over long distances on the earth, nothing comparable to what have been achieved in communication systems for wireless signal transfer. This presentation will review the fundamental theories behind wireless power transfer technologies for IPT (Inductive Power Transfer), CPT (Capacitive Power Transfer), and UPT (Ultrasonic Power Transfer) systems first, and then discuss their possible applications, challenges, and future development trends. 

Brief Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Aiguo Patrick HU graduated from Xian JiaoTong University, China, with BE and ME degrees in 1985 and 1988 respectively. He received his Ph.D from the University of Auckland in 2001 before he served as a lecturer, the director of China Italy Cooperative Technical Training Center in Xian, and the general manager of a technical development company. Funded by Asian2000 Foundation he stayed in NUS (National Univ of Singapore) for a semester as an exchange postdoctoral research fellow. Patrick is a leading researcher in wireless power technologies. He holds about 20 patents in wireless/contactless power transfer and microcomputer control technologies, published more than 200 peer reviewed journal and conference papers with more than 4700 citations. He authored the first monograph on wireless inductive power transfer technology, and contributed 4 book chapters on inductive power transfer modeling/control as well as electrical machines. Prof Patrick Hu is a full professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has serviced as the deputy Head of the Department (Research), and also the Head of Research of PowerbyProxi Ltd. He has been a foreign expert reviewer of 973 projects for Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, and assessor of ChangJiang Scholars for Ministry of Education. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, the past Chairman of IEEE NZ Power Systems/Power Electronics Chapter, and the Chairman of New Zealand North Section. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of NZ Chinese Scientists Association, and now the vice president. His research interests include wireless/contactless power transfer systems, and application of power electronics in renewable energy systems.