EV Integration Project: Free Webinar (15th Feb)

This webinar "Managing EVs in Australian Urban and Rural Grids: Initial Findings" will present the initial results from an EV management technique that controls the EV charging points at home to mitigate congestion on the grid and voltage drop issues across low voltage (LV) and high voltage (HV) networks.

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The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) poses technical and economic changes for our power grid. Electricity distribution networks were not designed with the consideration of a high penetration of electric vehicles. Charging EVs at home can significantly increase our normal demand, affecting the poles and wires. Nonetheless, if EV charging is managed well, it could mean more efficient networks, leading to lower prices and better outcomes for energy consumers.

Mitigating the effects of mass EV integration into existing power systems is a complex but not impossible task. Techniques currently exist to address voltage drop and congestion issues on both low voltage (LV) and high voltage (HV) networks.

The fourth webinar in our series will present the initial results from studies that simulate the control of EV charging points at homes in both urban and rural areas. Capturing the nature of urban electricity assets versus rural assets is important as different population densities mean different assets and, potentially, different effects from EV charging.

Join researchers from the University of Melbourne, Prof Nando Ochoa and Dr Will Nacmanson, as they present how they quantify the benefits of EV charging management strategies as well as the likely effects on EV owners.

The assessment involves fully-modelled HV (22kV and 11kV) feeders, and pseudo low voltage (0.4kV) networks to capture the effects close to end users, time-series analyses, and rapid adoption of EVs. The webinar will also share the results from a recent survey on the charging preferences of current and potential EV users in Australia.

The webinar will also share the results from a recent survey led by Dr Patricia Sauri Lavieri on preferences regarding EV charging of current and potential EV users in Australia. Insights into demand management will be discussed together with recommendations.

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This webinar is part of the 2-year collaborative project on EV integration into the electricity grid between Energy Networks Australia (ENA), the Australian Power Institute (API), the Centre for New Energy Technologies (C4NET), and The University of Melbourne, as part of the ENA and API's Australian Strategic Technology Program (ASTP).

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