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Ozpineci wins 2020 IEEE PELS award

Topic: Clean Energy

Burak Ozpineci of the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has won the 2020 IEEE Power Electronics Society Vehicle and Transportation Systems Achievement Award.

Ozpineci was cited for his contributions to the “advancement of power electronics in transportation electrification and wireless charging of electric vehicles.” The award recognizes innovators and researchers who have made outstanding technical contributions to the use of power electronics in vehicle and transportation systems. 

Ozpineci is Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group Leader and also manages the Electric Drive Technologies Program at ORNL. He is an IEEE Fellow and a joint faculty member in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

His group's power electronics research achieved the world's first 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for passenger cars by developing a unique architecture that includes all ORNL-built power conversion, resonant network and coupling systems. Another focus of Ozpineci's research is the development of lightweight, compact, durable and efficient electric drive system components to improve hybrid electric vehicles.

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