Francisco J. Márquez-Fernández was born in Huelva (Spain) in 1982. In 2006 he graduated as a M.Sc. on Industrial Engineering with a major in Industrial Electronics from the University of Seville (Spain). He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2014 from the Faculty of Engineering of Lund University in Sweden where he is currently appointed as Postdoctoral Researcher. At the same time, he works as a thematic researcher and coordinator for the Electrical Machine and Drives Theme in the Swedish Electromobility Centre. His research interests are mostly related with the design and control of new topologies of electrical machines and power electronic drives, applied to either renewable energy systems or electric transportation, Electric Road Systems and energy management in EVs and HEVs.
Electric Road Systems (ERS) allow to transfer electric power to the vehicles while they are moving, both for propulsion and to charge the battery dynamically. Hence, ERS appear as a very promising solution to electrify heavy long-haul vehicles which will otherwise require an enormous amount of batteries, making them impractical both from a cost and volume/weight perspective. With ERS, the battery size can be substantially reduced and the driving range becomes unlimited as long as the power supply is available. In turn, a reduction of the battery size has a significant impact on the cost of the vehicle, and even from a societal perspective ERS solutions can be economically competitive with the more traditional static charging alterna