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Industry executives attend Semi-annual SMART@CAR Program Review

The semi-annual SMART@CAR program review took place Friday, June 3, 2011 at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). The meeting saw the participation of 45 people, including representatives from AEP, CAR Technologies LLC, DP&L, Eaton, FirstEnergy, GM, Hitachi, NextEnergy, Ohio Supercomputer Center, PJM, RechargePower, TE Connectivity, Tyco Electronics, University of Michigan and Vanner Inc.

The review included updates on current research projects: PEV Virtual Fleet, PEV/Grid Modeling, Residual Life Characterization of PEV Batters for Secondary Grid Storage Applications, Multiple Vehicles Charging: Circuit and Control, Batteries Life Estimation in PHEV Applications, and PHEV Energy Management: Impact Factor Analysis.

The meeting broke briefly, from 10:30-11:15am, for the plug-in electric vehicle charging stations ribbon cutting ceremony.

Afternoon presentations were given by Brandon Perkins (ODOT) and Frank Scardena (TechColumbus, Ohio Hub of Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Storage).

Other updates focused on the progress of the NSF CDI-Energy Policy, Investment, and Pricing Analysis Driven by Computational Steering and the U.S. Department of Energy China-USA Clean Energy Research Center on Clean Vehicles.

The meeting adjourned at 3:50pm, when participants were able to visit CAR laboratories, as well as take part in demos and a ride and drive.

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