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:
- Electric Vehicle uptake and charging infrastructure planning by Prof. Zhao Yang Dong, Nanyang Technological University
- Coupling transport and electricity in energy transition: challenges and solutions by Prof. Kang Li, University of Leeds
- Oscillations source identification and mitigation using battery energy storage by Dr. Xueqin (Amy) Liu, Queen’s University Belfast
- Interoperable high and low frequency wireless power transfer for electric vehicles by Mr. Graham Blankson, Transport for London
- 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 1: Group photo with the speakers and participants (left); participants listening to a presentation (right).
This article was edited by Bernard Fong.