Smart Grid Pilot Ahead of Expected BEV Boom

A pilot trial exploring the potential of ‘smart grid’ charging of electrified vehicles to meet the expected boom in European adoption is being planned in Germany.

Power and thermal management specialist, Delta Electronics, says it is collaborating with Brandenburgische Technische Universität on an on-site proof-of-concept designed to test the feasibility of enabling a smart grid capable of balancing the power demand and supply between grid operators and BEV or PHEV owners. The company has provided six 100kW Ultra Fast EV chargers and three vehicle-to-grid (V2G) bi-directional vehicle chargers as the foundation for a viable end-to-end power management system.

This system expects to couple the BEV’s storage to a realistic simulation of the main electricity grid on the distribution network operator (DNO) level. The challenge is to prove BEV owners will always have the power they need, when they need it, and the grid operators will be able smooth their loading, reduce CO2 emissions, enhancing the stability of the grid and remove the need for major grid investments.

The hardware is spread between the three participating institutions: Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU); Universität Potsdam; and Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE). The system is designed to be used at every point, both behind the scenes for control of, and communication between, device, and at the human interfaces, including the vehicle owners (via their smartphones), the charge point operators and the grid controllers.

Professor Dr Harald Schwarz from Brandenburgische Technische Universität stated: “We appointed Delta Electronics as an industry partner for this collaboration because of its diverse range of hardware and software EV charging solutions plus its ability to manage a project of this nature to a very high standard. Our choice has been more than justified.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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