Grid Energy Storage and Smart City Standards for Electric Vehicle Integration Workshop

Written by Chun Sing Lai

Electric vehicles are enabling technologies to decarbonise road transport. This article discusses a recent workshop on electric vehicle integration considering technical standards for grid energy storage technologies and smart cities. The hybrid workshop was held in person at Brunel University London, UK on 8th November 2022 with over 20 in-person participants and 30 online participants.

This workshop objectives were to:

  • Exchange knowledge and best practices in energy storage development as used for electric vehicles and smart cities development
  • Acknowledge and appraise the state-of-the-art grid energy storage and smart city standards for electric vehicle integration
  • Identify gaps in technical standards to promote electric vehicle and energy storage deployment

The workshop started with an opening talk given by Prof G Taylor, Director of Brunel Interdisciplinary Power Systems Research Centre. Dr. C S Lai and Mr. T Thompson gave an introduction on IEEE Standards Association and Activities. Subsequently, there were five technical presentations given on the following topics by the speakers:

  1. Electric Vehicle uptake and charging infrastructure planning by Prof. Zhao Yang Dong, Nanyang Technological University
  2. Coupling transport and electricity in energy transition: challenges and solutions by Prof. Kang Li, University of Leeds
  3. Oscillations source identification and mitigation using battery energy storage by Dr. Xueqin (Amy) Liu, Queen’s University Belfast
  4. Interoperable high and low frequency wireless power transfer for electric vehicles by Mr. Graham Blankson, Transport for London
  5. Evolving policies for grid energy storage and electric vehicle integration by Dr. Amruta Pravin Joshi, Warwick Manufacturing Group

Three discussion sessions were held between the presentations to promote the interaction between participants and examine the timely topics. The discussion topics were:

  • Why are standards important for EV integration and smart cities?
  • Gaps and opportunities for standardisation
  • Policy and market for energy storage in smart cities

In summary, the event was successful in meeting the workshop objectives. It is evident that technical standards should be further developed to increase the interoperability and scalability for electric vehicle development in a smart city.

The financial support from IEEE Standards Association and Supergen Energy Storage to organize this workshop is greatly appreciated.

figure group photo with speakers

 Figure 1: Group photo with the speakers and participants (left); participants listening to a presentation (right).




This article was edited by Bernard Fong.

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Chun Sing Lai (S’11, M’19, SM’20) received the B.Eng. (First Class Hons.) in electrical and electronic engineering from Brunel University London, London, UK, in 2013, and the D.Phil. degree in engineering science from the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, in 2019. He is currently a Lecturer with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Brunel University London. His current research interests are in power system optimization and electric vehicle systems. Dr. Lai was the Publications Co-Chair for both 2020 and 2021 IEEE International Smart Cities Conferences. He is the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Smart Cities Publications Committee and Associate Editor for IET Energy Conversion and Economics. He is the Working Group Chair for IEEE P2814 and P3166 Standards, an Associate Vice President, Systems Science and Engineering of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (IEEE/SMCS) and the Chair of the IEEE SMC Intelligent Power and Energy Systems Technical Committee. He is a recipient of the 2022 Meritorious Service Award from the IEEE SMC Society for "meritorious and significant service to IEEE SMC Society technical activities and standards development". He is an IET Member, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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