An electric vehicle can be charged on Earth in just five minutes thanks to NASA technology developed with Purdue University researchers for upcoming space missions, which could encourage more people to buy electric vehicles.
According to NASA, Purdue University’s charging cable has a capacity of 2,400 amps, which is much more than the 1,400 amps needed to reduce the charging time of an electric car to just five minutes.
The Flow Boiling and Condensation Experiment (FBCE) was developed by the team sponsored by NASA’s Department of Biological and Physical Sciences and led by Issam Mudawar to conduct two-phase liquid flow and heat transfer experiments in long-term microgravity enable environment on the International Space Station.
Compared to other processes, this new “subcooled flow boiling” technology significantly increases the efficiency of heat transfer and can be used to control the temperature of future space systems.
On Earth, this technology is also useful; In particular, it could increase the appeal of an electric vehicle.
At the moment, EV charging times range widely from 20 minutes at a station next to a road to hours at a home charging station.
People contemplating EV ownership have raised major concerns about long charging times and outlet locations.
According to studies, charging systems must deliver 1,400 amps of power to meet the industry goal of reducing EV charging time to five minutes.
Mudawar’s team has adapted the “supercooled flow boiling” theories discovered by NASA’s FBCE tests to the EV charging process.
By removing up to 24.22 kilowatts of heat, Mudawar’s team can deliver 4.6 times the amperage of the fastest electric vehicle chargers currently on the market.
The researchers noted that the use of this new technology “the application of this new technology resulted in an unprecedented reduction in the time required to charge a vehicle and potentially removes one of the key barriers to the global adoption of electric vehicles.”
(With input from IANS)