POETS long term goal is to increase the power density of current mobile electrified systems by 10-100 times over current state of the art systems. While ambitious, this would have profound impact on a mobile electrified infrastructure of the U.S. and beyond. On-highway vehicles could save between 100-300 million liters of fuel per year and could nearly double the range of all-electric vehicles. Off-highway vehicles could save on the order of 100 billion liters of fuel since their electrification is starting from a less mature point than current on-highway vehicles. Similarly, aircraft could see 10-30 billion liters of fuel saved as well as up to 10 million tons of CO2 saved from going into the high altitude atmosphere. These economic and environmental impacts are just the beginning of the art of the possible with the achievement of the POETS vision.
Integrating Multiple Disciplines & Domains
The crux of POETS’s success is the integration across different technical domains.
Students Working Together
The education programs within POETS are multi-disciplinary by design with a strong systems engineering emphasis. The approach is to break down the silos and integrate students from the start of their engineering curriculum. The educational integration among Mechanical Engineers, Materials Engineers, and Electrical Engineers will create future scientists and engineers who will impact nearly every aspect of modern life.
Project-based approaches assemble students from different backgrounds with the goal of tackling a problem with multiple power domains. These interdisciplinary projects will be vertically integrated throughout the undergraduate program from pre-college programs through capstone senior designs.