Ural Federal University: First Laboratory for the Creation of Electric Transportation in the Urals to Open at the University

The Ural Federal University will become a center for the development of engineering competencies for creating new technologies in construction, operation, maintenance, and recycling of electric transport. For this purpose, the university will open its own production and experimental laboratory. Sergey Kokin, Professor of the Department of Automated Electric Systems and Deputy Director of the Ural Power Engineering Institute of UrFU, told about it at the round table “Development of Electric Transport and Electric Charging Stations Infrastructure in the Ural” held at the international industrial exhibition “Innoprom-2022”.

“Our scientists already have developments in the field of electric charging stations, electric vehicle power units, electric motors, and power and digital control systems for electric vehicles. We have developments to create an experimental electric vehicle chassis that can be a tool to train engineers and a device to popularize electric vehicles. It is extremely important for us to give our graduates basic and special knowledge in the field of electric power engineering and electrical engineering, with which they will confidently solve any problems in the field of development and operation of electric transport. That’s why the university professors have already introduced this topic into the students’ project training,” said Sergey Kokin.

The expert added that right now work is underway on the Ural Federal University campus to install three electric charging stations, which will open in the fall. This step will launch work to train engineers in creating electric grids and electric charging stations, power units, and electric transport motors of various types and purposes. Separately, training in digital systems and control devices for electric charging infrastructure is being discussed.

“The Urals, the Sverdlovsk Region and Ekaterinburg, in particular, produce all the necessary power and secondary equipment for the big power industry. Since 2010, Ekaterinburg has been producing tested and certified equipment for electric charging stations that are installed all over Russia. Due to this we will be able to fully meet our own needs both in terms of technology and engineering personnel,” noted Kokin.