Structures for Electricity Production in Electric Vehicles

shows an air taxi, which is a small electric aircraft to operate like a taxi to transport people in a city.

This project pertains to the use of structures to produce electricity. In contrast to batteries, charging does not need energy input. This results in electric vehicles not having to stop to get charged, in addition to not having to rely on batteries, which are heavy and bulky.

Project description

Energy need is challenging for electric vehicles, such as air taxis and electric automobile. This is because batteries are heavy and bulky, in addition to being hazardous chemically and limited in service life. In addition, the batteries need to be recharged, so that the electric vehicles have to stop for recharging after a certain distance of travel. The need to stop greatly limits the efficiency of utilization of the vehicles, in addition to limiting the mobility of the vehicle users. This project pertains to a new electrical energy generation technology invented by Prof. Chung. The method uses structures that exhibit the ability to act like a battery, but without the incorporation of battery or other devices and without the need for energy input during charging. This revolutionary self-charge ability means that the electric vehicles do not need to stop for charging.

Project outcome

The project will provide experimental results to support the new energy technology. The work will involve electrical measurement on structural materials.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Academic Credit
Who is eligible Juniors and Seniors who have taken MAE381

Project mentor

Deborah Chung


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Phone: (716) 645-3977


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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering