Smarter Grid Solutions Designing Electric Vehicle Charging Model With Support from NYSERDA

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Smarter Grid Solutions today announced it is designing a smart plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging model that is expected to encourage the adoption and uptake of electric vehicles in New York while lowering the impact of PEVs on the electric grid.

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It is widely recognised that electric vehicle charging will require a 'smart' element, and there are a number of projects within the US and internationally that are looking into ways of implementing this.

The company is working on a feasibility study looking at successful techniques for smart charging that have been utilized around the country and abroad. The purpose of the study is to create recommendations, address potential barriers and promote best practices based on the success of smart PEV charging techniques implemented elsewhere.

The model proposed by Smarter Grid Solutions will allow more PEVs to be incorporated into a smart charging mechanism, making it easier and less costly to accommodate additional energy demand from charging electric vehicles.

The outcome will provide stakeholders, including energy retailers (ESCOs), utilities and charging station manufacturers, with guidance to re-evaluate their own business models and the applicability of their products and services, for the provision of smart charging.

Smarter Grid Solutions received support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Charge NY. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Charge NY initiative is creating a statewide network of up to 3,000 public and workplace charging stations to accommodate an anticipated 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2018.

"As New York State continues to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure, it is also supporting innovative R&D efforts like this to make EV charging more efficient and cost-effective," said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. "The research taking place here will help the state advance toward Governor Cuomo's goals for cleaner transportation, clean energy job growth and increased affordability of electric vehicles."

The PEV market has grown rapidly in both New York State and the United States. Between May 2012 and September 2014, registered PEVs in New York grew from 1,000 to more than 10,000. Installations of electric vehicle supply equipment are also increasing rapidly, with more than 1,000 charging stations installed in the state.

The project will identify the most appropriate models for smart PEV charging and the technical and commercial barriers that exist, and will provide recommendations for implementation that will be generically applicable in New York.

The smart PEV charging arena is not a new concept to Smarter Grid Solutions. The company is a key influencer in a number of critical trials for the Low Carbon London project in the United Kingdom, which is delivering smart PEV charging and demand side response in an urban environment. Using smart power management technology, the Low Carbon London project monitors power flows on the distribution system and controls power consumption from charging stations to limit the impact of power use on the electric grid.

"We're honored to have the opportunity to create the smart PEV charging model, with support from NYSERDA. It leverages our experience in smart PEV charging solutions that demonstrates the economic, environmental and consumer benefits of the increased adoption of electric vehicles,” said Dr. Bob Currie, CTO and Co-Founder at Smarter Grid Solutions. β€œIt is widely recognised that electric vehicle charging will require a 'smart' element, and there are a number of projects within the US and internationally that are looking into ways of implementing this. In order to accelerate deployment of smart PEV charging in New York State, a holistic approach to design needs to be taken that incorporates all stakeholders in PEV adoption.”

About Smarter Grid Solutions

Smarter Grid Solutions delivers products and services that enables electricity distribution companies and regulated utilities to integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DER). The company provides world-leading Active Network Management products, and is the only provider to uniquely combine real-time, autonomous and deterministic control into its Active Network Management solutions. Its products are transforming the utilisation and resiliency of the grid, and managing connected customers at greatly reduced cost, without compromising safety and security. It supports customers worldwide from its offices in New York, London and Glasgow UK.

The company was formed in 2008, originating from the world-renowned Institute for Energy and Environment at the University of Strathclyde, and it is a leading vendor of DER integration solutions. It established its offices in Brooklyn, NY in 2013, and is now an active contributor to the development of the Smart Grid in many parts of the USA.

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