What does your electric car do when you’re at work or asleep? Potentially, its stored power could be sold to a public utility during times of low use, to help support a more resilient grid.
This concept, as well as broader issues of grid resilience and interaction, was explored in the paper “Enterprise Risk and Resilience of Electric-Vehicle Charging Infrastructure and the Future Mobile Power Grid,” which was recently published in Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports.
The report was authored by James H. Lambert and Thomas Polmateer, both CCALS associates, and Daniel J. Andrews, John P. Wheeler and David L. Slutzky, and can be found online here at Springer Online.
The paper describes how CCALS’ and UVA’s effort to invent advanced chargers will accelerate the market adoption of electric vehicles, including growing the competitiveness of Virginia’s products and workforce in this industry. Freight transportation, energy systems, and network communications will be integrated to a resilient and mobile grid. The industry partner, Fermata LLC, has led manufacturing and demonstration sites in Danville VA, and multiplied the seed funding of the Virginia Tobacco Commission. Fermata continues to work in this topic with the CCALS and the NSF Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust.
“The CCALS projects advanced my capabilities and value to the US military into the future, where my next assignment is at the Pentagon,” said PhD student in Systems Engineering, Daniel J. Andrews (Lt Col., US Army). “My effort on the electric vehicles adds to my CCALS experience with the Port of Virginia, US Navy, National Science Foundation, Virginia Department of Corrections, and VDOT. I am presenting my research accomplishments at conferences across the US and Canada.”