Electricity has a unique capability to transform the way we travel, and the market has seen a push for increased development of electric transport technologies in recent years. But the upcoming Conference on Electric Roads & Vehicles (CERV) plans to go beyond dated ideas like plugging in cars at night and being limited by batteries’ capacities.CERV is hosted by the Utah State University Research Foundation’s Energy Dynamics Laboratory, in cooperation with other key sponsors such as USU Commercial Enterprises. Taking place in Park City, Utah, the conference will cover topics that promise to make electric travel more flexible and convenient.The future of electric transport will include technologies that deliver energy wirelessly, on demand, in real time, and to both stationary and moving vehicles. The conference will focus on a new approach to transportation that includes integrating vehicle and highway infrastructures into a network of electric roadways and cars. With a theme of “Driving Ideas, Energizing Partnerships”, CERV will provide scientists, engineers, managers, policy-makers, investors, and other interested private sector stakeholders with a forum where they can present, discuss, and learn about these technologies.”This inaugural event is an opportunity for leaders from academia, research, and the private sector to come together for a two-day, intensive look at the future of electric transport,” said Jeff Muhs, USTAR researcher and CERV Conference Chair. “The idea-sharing and discussions that come from this conference are going to facilitate even more innovation.”The conference, which will feature several USTAR researchers, will include:· Industry Executive and R&D Executive roundtables· Wireless Power Transfer and Vehicle Integration session· Broader Deployment Considerations session· Codes and Standards Spotlight sessionKeynote addresses will include Lee Slezak, Vehicle Systems and Testing Manager in the Vehicle Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy; and Kevin Womack, Associate Administrator, Office of Research, Development and Technology at the US Department of Transportation.The two-day gathering will be held February 16-17 at the Newpark Resort & Hotel, Park City, Utah. Visit www.cervconference.org for more detailed program information and a complete schedule, and to register.
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