Micro Smartgrid/ Smart charging
Micro Smartgrid/ Smart charging - load management, dynamic command control, and smart phone interface.
Smart Sensor → Control Box → User Interface
We are currently working on a project with Liverpool John Moors University involving Intelligent Demand Side Energy Management Systems IDSEMS. Essentially, this involves trailing the feasibility of a smart phone app to allow users to control their energy system. Users can specify what smart appliances they want to use and when, to give they access to cheaper off peak energy tariffs and greater flexibility. The app will also allow the user to specify time of day charging for their Electric Vehicles. The black control box communicates with the local grid, to balance the energy system at times of peak demand, using demand frequency response technology. Here the control box will wirelessly communicate with the smart appliances and temporarily reduce their operating loads. This load shedding helps prevents blackouts and reduces the need for backup power plants and imported energy.
The project is aimed at combatting the energy trilemma:
• Improving security of supply
• Reducing cost
• Reducing carbon emissions
The technology can be retrofitted to existing properties, as well as directly installed to new build houses.
Wireless Dynamic (Inductive) EV charging
Wireless EV charging is more convenient and in the future could provide a seamless inductive road network, allowing drivers to drive continuously without having to stop to recharge. This charging is a form of resonance inductive coupling, providing an electromagnetic field to transfer energy from an inductive coil in the ground (transmitter), to an inductive coil located on the underside of the EV (receiver). The dynamic element allows electric vehicles to be charged on the move. A technology that is not currently available in the UK. Our studies are investigating ways to make the electricity transfer more efficient and with greater levels of safety.
Remote access and Back office management
Remote access and connectivity services could help customers maximise the operational time and performance of their EV charging system. Remote management of infrastructure would ensure the highest uptime is maintained, and the latest vehicle compatibility is achieved. Real time status API would provide the customer with real-time charger information, as well as energy consumption.
TOGETHER CHARGING A BRIGHTER FUTURE