Model to be created for electric vehicle charging stations on mine sites
Professor Iqbal Husain holds prominent directorships and positions with the National Science Foundation Engineering Centre, State Carolina University, and the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Centre.
This month he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to bring his expertise to Australia's largest mining province in WA.
Husain will travel to Australia to focus on one specific area of electric vehicle management - charging infrastructure for large mining equipment.
The research will focus on electrically driven mining trucks, excavators and loaders.
"In addition to the production and storage of renewable energy, finding optimal ways to recharge batteries will be the answer to rolling out electric infrastructure across the remote resources sector," Husain said.
"I'm particularly excited about this collaboration because Curtin's extensive renewable energy expertise will complement my knowledge of electric transportation."
Husain has designed, built, and tested solid-state transformer-based power electronic converters for grid applications and wide bandgap device-based electric motor drives for electric vehicles previously.
The Fulbright Scholarship program was established between the Australian and US governments in 1949 to increase scientific collaboration between the two countries.
This article first appeared in sister publication Australia Mining Monthly on 15 March 2022. Credit: Paul Hunt.