Serbia’s H-Bridges win world’s leading student competition with cutting-edge e-bike drive

H-Bridges win IFEC 2019

Photo: H-Bridges


August 5, 2019






August 5, 2019





The H-Bridges team of students from the University of Belgrade School of Electrical Engineering (ETF) have won the International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC) 2019, the world’s largest student competition in the area of innovative and technical efficiency solutions. This year’s competition was about electric bike drive solutions.

The IFEC final was held from July 29 to 31 in Madison, the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin, with H-Bridges winning in competition with teams from the following nine universities:

  1. Delhi Technological University
  2. DHBW – Stuttgart
  3. Drexel University
  4. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover
  5. Khalifa University of Science and Technology
  6. National Ilan University
  7. Tsinghua University
  8. Utah State University
  9. Virginia Tech

The fact that the ETF team won in competition with teams from universities such as Virginia Tech, which manages a research portfolio worth over USD 500 million, speaks for itself.

H-Bridges win IFEC 2019
Photo: H-Bridges

This year’s competition was organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional electrical engineering association, with the support of associations including the IEEE Power Electronics Society, the IEEE Industry Application Society, and the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

“This is amazing success for our team and the ETF. A year of hard work and sacrifice at the Digital Drive Control Laboratory paid off in the end. It is a great honor for the ETF to win such recognition from the IEEE, especially considering who we competed against. Professor Slobodan Vukosavić and I as the team’s mentors are enormously proud of these fantastic people and everything they had to do to reach the top,” Aleksandar Milić, teaching and research assistant at the ETF, told Balkan Green Energy News.

H-Bridges win IFEC 2019
Photo: H-Bridges

Professor Vukosavić’s mentorship was crucial in implementing a cutting-edge digital power regulation solution involving efficient algorithms and a powerful processor, said Miodrag Joksimović of the H-Bridges software team.

Filip Cvejić, the H-Bridges team leader, noted that the simple and robust hardware solution enabled the ETF team to implement a software solution that gave it a competitive edge in each test.

This year’s victory follows a strong showing in IFEC 2018, which focused on the development of energy storage devices, when the H-Bridges team won 4th place and the Best Education Impact award in IFEC 2018.

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