The impact of the increased integration of electric vehicles on the power reserve requirements

Summary

This project analyses the impact of electric vehicles on power reserve requirements of future electric power systems that will need to cope with large penetration of renewable energy sources, e.g. wind and solar.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Gregor Verbic

Research Location

Electrical and Information Engineering

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

It is anticipated that the transportation sector will in the near future to a large extent move to electricity. As a result, a large fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) will emerge as a new player in electric power systems. When parked, EVs can be used as an energy buffer, storing excess electricity produced by intermittent energy sources and feeding it back to the grid in periods of large demand, thus reducing system's peak loading. EVs can thus help in integrating large amounts of intermittent generation by providing the required ancillary services. The aim of the project is to study the impact of EVs on the system's power reserve requirements considering large scale integration of intermittent energy sources. To assess the impact of the EVs' participation in system support, the unit cycling of conventional power plant will be analysed. Several EV charging scenarios will be considered, from passive to Vehicle-to-Grid.

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Keywords

electric vehicles, system support, ancillary services, smart grids, reserve power, intermittent energy sources.

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1272

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