Editorial Content Curated for the Electrification Audience
IEEE Electrification, unlike many of IEEE’s other publications, is targeted towards industry rather than members or researchers. It is more application focused, and targets users such as equipment
manufacturers and policy makers.
Feature articles focus on advanced concepts,technologies, and practices associated with all aspects of electrification in the transportation and off-grid sectors from a technical perspective in synergy with nontechnical areas such as business, environmental, and social concerns.
*Editorial Calendar is tentative and subject to change.
2023 Editorial Calendar
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• Sustainable ports in the decarbonized era
• Electric Vehicles – Emerging Technologies
• Cyber Security in Power Electronic Systems
• Computer simulation tools
Sustainable Ports In The Decarbonized Era
Electric energy is considered one of the most readily available alternative fuels for the maritime sector. The first major step in this direction is the “ship-to-shore” electric interconnection of ships at berth or alternatively “cold ironing”. According to this concept, when ships are in port they shut down completely their engines (including their auxiliary engines, i.e. the electric generators), while they are supplied by the inland National Grid in which the energy mix is being decarbonized on a continuous basis. A subsequent second step consists in charging battery-powered electric waterborne vessels and especially referring to those of short-sea shipping applications. Within this framework of extensive electrification, ports have to be the key link in the hybrid transportation and energy chain, facing challenges in terms of providing huge amounts of energy upon demand as well as a series of innovative energy-related services of superior quality without adverse environmental and societal impact.
Electric Vehicles – Emerging Technologies
Transportation electrification is being widely adopted around the world to help reach carbon-neutrality goals by the middle of the century. From passenger Electric Vehicles (EVs) to utility EVs such as heavy-duty electrified excavators, to electric race-car, new technologies and opportunities are emerging in this rapidly developing industry. In order to secure a reliable, safe, efficient, and economical EV operation, researchers are working on emerging battery technologies such as energy density, safety, life cycle management, and second-life grid application, as well as high power density, high-efficiency silicon carbide (SiC) inverters. Further, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs) will help improve the quality and reliability, and safety of electric mobility within the context of smart cities.
Cyber Security in Power Electronic Systems
With power electronics emerging as the key enabler of efficient and reliable energy conversion units, their significance has been increasing, leading to a transition from relatively slow to fast responses in modern power systems. Although these features allow several operational benefits, there are cybersecurity concerns for power electronics-based controllers. For example, a critical and yet open issue is the detection and mitigation of the attacks on power electronic-based controllers that can affect microgrid operation. The questions about cyber security and defense include what the attack points and cascading paths are and how the attacks can be mitigated. This special issue is aimed to investigate new countermeasures against cyberattacks on a generalized scale by unifying the security issues and their impacts on power electronics embedded in EVs and microgrids.
Computer Simulation Tools
Computer simulation becomes more accessible and acceptable for electric machine design and simulation for EV applications. On the power system side, both electromagnetic transient simulation and phasor-bases simulation started in the 1970s and are now mature tools for circuit analysis. This issue is planned to have leading software developers and educators talk about the basics or math behind computer simulations (e.g., numerical integration of differential-algebraic equation or finite element method), application of simulation tools in EV/microgrid design and operation, and challenges in the electric machine and power electronic switched circuit simulation. How to speed up simulation by exploring various techniques such as data fitting of frequency-domain responses will also be covered in this issue. The issue will provide fundamental knowledge and state-of-the-art information on computer simulation tools.