Electric Vehicles Charging Platform for Community Demand Response Aggregators
Wide-scale electrification of private transport will have a profound impact on the operation of the power grid, representing a challenge both for distribution system operators and large commercial energy users such as universities, hospitals, business parks and shopping centres. The project will explore the potential for an aggregated electric vehicle (EV) charging optimisation in a campus/shared facility leveraging a rich set of data resources for building energy consumption, vehicle operation and parking and wholesale electricity pricing. Researchers will apply a suite of modelling approaches to predict how centrally-optimised EV charging could provide suitable charging volumes at competitive rates for drivers while balancing facility-level electricity requirements and minimising grid impacts. Controllable EV charging, integrated with building energy management, can balance facility-wide energy consumption by unlocking the inherent flexibility associated with battery-operated cars.