Is the current grid ready for mass EV charging?
In the current energy scenario, with a constant increase in electricity demand, greater social awareness of resource sustainability, and with the commitments to achieve climate and energy targets set for 2050, all this makes the digitisation of electric networks a strategic priority worldwide.
Besides hardware installation, smart meters at customer point and IoT sensor along the distribution network, deployments must be accompanied by convergent analytical tools to give a proper answer to all attainable use cases.
The development of new technologies and tools to provide electric grids with intelligence will be the key to meeting present and future challenges, such as the transport electrification, the integration of DERs, energy storage, etc.
The gradual penetration of EVs requires a modern, active electric network. But is the current grid ready for mass EV charging?
The simultaneous charging of EVs, when users arrive home at night, could have a significant impact on peak demand at certain times and places, leading to congestion on grid nodes, power quality alteration, premature asset aging and ultimately to undesired power outages.
The traditional passive network would integrate new loads by extending the network, but this is no longer a cost-effective method compared to new technologies that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing networks. The real lack of control and inflexibility of the current Low Voltage network should not be an obstacle to the mass adoption of electric mobility.
Our CTO Haritz Zubia explains in the following video how to transform the electric distribution networks really into smart grids.
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