E-mobility innovations get ₧321M from DOST 

There is no denying that the public transportation sector in the country badly needs help to modernize and be able to contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, the Science department came to its succor and invested over P321 million for electromobility (e-mobility) related projects.

The Department of Science and Technology recently announced that it is prioritizing an ecosystem of e-mobility solutions for the country’s transportation sector, a DOST news release said.

When the Department of Energy is planning to procure electronic tricycles (e-trikes), the DOST had anticipated the need for science and technology (S&T) interventions, such as electronic-vehicle charging needs, low-cost battery storage system, battery management system, low-cost materials and production for e-trikes, battery parts and components, mining technology to source out raw materials, etc., the DOST said

Dr. Enrico Paringit, executive director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), urged the public to support efforts to boost financing for e-mobility research and development.

He also called for the use and adoption of research-based technologies in the transportation industry. He likewise stressed the lower value of e-mobility, which costs 40 percent less than gasoline.

During a virtual news conference, DOST announced 16 e-mobility initiatives that target diverse areas of the transportation industry.

The following are the projects:

  • E-Mobility R&D Center: This will be the country’s first e-trike center which will be built in Cagayan. Under it are three projects. Project 1 is the Design, Development, and Fabrication of the E-Trike’s Different Parts and Assemblies; Project 2 is the Design, Fabrication, and Testing of a Locally Developed E-Trike’s Electrical and Electronic Systems; and Project 3 is the Viability Study of Conversion of Conventional Tricycle To E-Trike.
  • Intelligent Electric Transportation Systems: The DOST has helped to develop automobiles made from locally available materials that are designed and manufactured by Filipino engineers.
  • Two of the the projects are the Hybrid Electric Train and the Hybrid Electric Road Train.
  • Under this initiative, there are three more projects: Project 1: Ad-Hoc Vehicle Infrastructure Cooperative Environment; Project 2: Emocion: Electric Mobility and Charging Infrastructure Operating as a Network; Project 3: E-Trike Deployment and Utilization Investigation.
  • Charging in Minutes (CharM): This project attempts to reduce the time to charge electric automobiles. In comparison to the traditional 4 hours to 6 hours of charging, this fast-charging system can fully charge electric automobiles in 30 minutes.
  • The capabilities of the CharM are crucial in aiding the country’s development of a more flexible and ecologically friendly mass transportation system.
  • 23-seater Electric Jeepney (E-Jeepney): This involves Design, Development, Demonstration and Business Planning of a Flexible Electric Van for Logistics and Passenger Transport
  • Safe, Efficient, and Sustainable Solar-Assisted Plug-In Electric Boat (Sessy E-Boat).
  • Design of a Modular Stator, Segmented Rotor Switched Reluctance Motor
  • Fabrication of Aluminum-Air Reactor Battery
  • Nicer R&D Center for Advanced Batteries: One of the most well-known new R&D centers, this will collaborate with host universities to develop strong R&D capabilities in the region. This center has three additional projects:  NextGen: Advanced Cathode Materials for Next Generation Batteries; REBCell: NiFe High Energy Density Batteries; and Alab-EU: Advanced Lead-Acid Batteries.

Paringit said e-mobility solutions are less expensive to maintain because the battery has fewer moving parts than a traditional automobile, making maintenance easier, less frequent and more economical overall.

He believes that electric vehicles will help minimize harmful air pollution because it is not generating any emissions.

As such, he explained that e-mobility solutions will help alleviate the Philippines’ energy challenges as the country transitions to renewable energy sources.

“DOST-PCIEERD welcomes the public to join us in speeding up the country’s transition to e-mobility as a pioneer and partner in facilitating innovations, “ he added.

Image credits: PCIEERD photo, PCIEERD photos

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