Scientists at Sevastopol State University Will Create Advanced Energy Storage Devices


Sevastopol State University and the Sarapul Electric Power Plant are launching a joint project to create  a new type of multifunctional electric energy system for transport . The main area of ​​research is the creation of advanced energy storage devices.

This was said by Boris Yakimovich, the Head of the Department of Renewable Energy Sources and Electrical Systems and Networks at the Institute of Nuclear Energy and Industry of Sevastopol State University.

The university has been given an electric vehicle for scientific research. The electric generator plant has given the university the task of finding out how an electric vehicle works in the mountainous conditions of Crimea and to improve its design and increase its operational characteristics.

“This vehicle is intended primarily for flat areas, and the requirements that apply to it at the plant are to work for 6 hours without requiring a recharge. In mountainous terrain, the charge probably lasts less time. We must conduct research on its technical characteristics to find out how many hours it can work and at what angle of elevation it can operate and then make changes to the vehicle’s power system accordingly”, said Yakimovich.

The second area of ​​research is the use of electric vehicles for the transportation of perishable goods where diesel or gasoline vehicles are prohibited.

“We plan to install a thermal container on the electric vehicle, it will be powered by solar panels that only give out a low temperature”, said Yakimovich.

Solar panels will also be able to recharge the vehicle’s electrical system. The advantage of recharging in this way is that you can charge the electric motor in transit. The time to recharge a fully discharged 60kW battery will be from half an hour to an hour.

The university plans to install solar panels on the roof and around the perimeter of the vehicle that will be roughly an area of 8 square meters, but due to the use of sliding  systems it can be increased.

“Solar panels for the recharging period will be able to move apart, like at space stations, and carry out fast recharging. Recharging is also possible in the process of vehicle movement”, said Yakimovich.

Scientists also plan to solve the problem of energy supply for unmanned vehicle control systems using solar panels.

The endurance studies of the electric vehicle in Crimea will be completed in August, the creation of a solar-powered heating cabinet is planned for September, and the creation of an effective charging system by the end of this year.