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Opening up substation data could help local grids cope with surge in electric vehicles

Mark Moran
23 October 2017
OpenLV is a project led by Western Power Distribution and EA Technology
OpenLV is a project led by Western Power Distribution and EA Technology

 

A potential barrier to take-up growing use of electric vehicles (EVs) is the capacity of the local electricity network capacity at peak times. One potential solution is to open up data from local substations. Currently, electricity network operators do not have enough information about how much spare capacity there is on local electricity networks. This makes it difficult to know whether a cluster of EVs charging at peak times will push the demand over the limit.

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