Udaya K. Madawala, PhD

Department of Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering
The University of Auckland
New Zealand
Fellow of IEEE

Short Bio:

Udaya K. Madawala graduated with a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) (Hons) degree from The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1987, and received his PhD (Power Electronics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1993 as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar. At the completion of his PhD, he was employed by Fisher & Paykel Ltd, New Zealand, as a Research and Development Engineer to develop new technologies for motor drives. In 1997 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Auckland and, at present as a Full Professor, he focuses on a number of power electronics projects related to bi-directional wireless EV charging systems for V2G-H2V applications. Udaya is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Power Electronic Society (PELS), and has over 30 years of both industry and research experience in the fields of power electronics and energy. He has served both the IEEE Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics Societies in numerous roles, relating to editorial, conference, technical committee and chapter activities. Currently, Udaya is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and a member of both the Administrative Committee and Membership Development Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He was the General Chair of the 2nd IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC)- 2016, held in New Zealand, and is also the Chair of SPEC Steering Committee. Udaya, who has over 300 IEEE and IET journal and conference publications, holds a number of patents related to wireless power transfer (WPT) and power converters, and is a consultant to industry.


Bi-directional Wireless Power Interfaces for V2G-H2V Applications


Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining global acceptance as the means of future transport for sustainable living and can also be used to offer grid services through the vehicle-to-home (V2H) and vehicle-togrid (V2G) concepts. EVs can be charged by both wired and wireless means, but the latter, based primarily on Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) technology, is becoming more popular being convenient, safe, and ideal for both stationary and dynamic EV charging. However for V2G and V2H applications, EVs essentially require a bi-directional power interface with the electricity network (grid) or home to allow for both storing (charging) and retrieval (discharging) of energy. The seminar discusses the standards, challenges and future directions of EV charging technologies, and presents the latest advances in bi-directional wireless power transfer (BD-WPT) technology developed for V2G-H2V applications.