Each year the Research & Development Council of New Jersey honors the winners of the Thomas Edison Patent Awards at its annual Edison Patent Awards Ceremony & Reception in the IMAX Theater of the Liberty Science Center. Professor Al Faruque was selected as the recipient for this prestigious award for his patent in energy management in Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.
The patent, “Network as automation platform for collaborative E-car charging at the residential premises” has provided a novel solution to solve this challenge through a collaborative energy management strategy for the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations located in a residential neighborhood. The amount of energy that can be provided to the EVs connected to a single neighboring step down transformer is limited by the connected circuit breaker at a certain point of time. This energy management strategy will collaborate among all the EVs, maximize the number of charged EVs and preferably reduce the local energy peaks to the medium and low voltage electric infrastructure.