Research Highlights

Highlights in Future Mobility, Robotics and Automation

Next generation automotive industry’s capability enhancement in Thailand through the development of swappable battery platform for electric motorcycle

Principal Investigator: Dr. Pimpa Limthongkul, National Science and Technology Development Agency

The Thai government has announced a policy to make Thailand a hub of electric vehicle (EV) production in ASEAN. To realize this goal, research and development on EVs and their components is promoted. This project aims to establish a standard platform for swappable battery pack which can be used across various lines of motorcycles at any charging station. The platform offers a solution to overcome the hurdle of long charging time and high cost of ownership. The scope of this study includes the design and development of a standardized battery pack that will fit universally across motorbike types and brands as well as a charging station. The project is carried out by a consortium of ten organizations, including the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Khon Kaen University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, A.P. Honda Company Limited, Bangchak Corporation Public Company Limited, GP Motor (Thailand) Company Limited, Beta Energy Solution Company Limited, I-Motor Manufacturing Company Limited, and GridWhiz (Thailand) Company Limited.

Research and development for electric waterjet boat

Principal Investigator: Mr. Khanawut Mudmun, Sakun C Innovation Company Limited

This project aims to develop an electric waterjet pontoon boat. The scope covers the development of a water-cooled magnet-free electric motor and a drivetrain using main parts and components manufactured in Thailand. The project is expected to drive sustainable growth of Thailand’s electric boat industry and reinforce Thailand’s vision to become the production hub of electric vehicles. It represents a public-private collaboration between Sakun C Innovation Company Limited and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center.

Prototype development of passenger train (Thai-made Train)

Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somyot Kaitwanidvilai, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

This project aims to build a passenger train prototype to enable the manufacturing of Thai-made trains. The development consists of the following steps: 1) assessment of user requirements and manufacturer capability, 2) train design and computer simulation, 3) material selection and train manufacturing process, 4) assembly engineering, and 5) testing and certification. The project brings together research and academic institutes spearheaded by King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and companies in the value chain led by Joint Venture Sinogen-Pin Petch Company Limited, in collaboration with the State Railway of Thailand. In addition, a collaboration with Chinese rail equipment manufacturer CRRC Tangshan Company Limited has been formed to facilitate the transfer of technologies – bogie design, installation and maintenance – to Thailand. This Thai-made train will fulfil Thailand’s goal to become more self-reliant in railway technology.

Intelligent unmanned aerial logistics management system development for urban areas

Principal Investigator: Mr. Michael Bruce Currie, FlingX Company Limited

This project focuses on the development of unmanned aerial logistics management system for urban areas to drive the competitiveness of Thailand’s aviation industry. The scope includes the design and development of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software as well as a ground control. While the ERP software connects drone service providers to its trade partners to enable integrated resource management, the ground control station supports the drone battery charging and package delivery management and therefore must be designed to seamlessly link to drones and the ERP. To accelerate the development, the project will acquire the technology transfer from China on charging station technology and Canada on an ERP system. This project will help pioneer the drone delivery service in Thailand that complies with the aviation safety regulations.

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