Project leads: Ryan Sims, Anish Babu
PNDC was included in one of the projects announced by BEIS to receive £1.5m of funding in the development of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The Agile Streets project led by Samsung Research UK, includes partners Connected Kerb, Octopus Energy, SMS Plc, and the Energy Savings Trust (EST), and looks to develop a purpose-built optimisation platform to control EV on-street charging.
A new on-street control cabinet housing SMETS2 technology will supply power via underground controllers to up to 12x 7kW Connected Kerb charge points. The Agile Streets project intends to demonstrate the use of the smart metering system and a new business model to manage EV charging, incentivising EV drivers to allow a flexible charging schedule.
PNDC supports the testing and demonstration of the developed smart meter enabled smart charging system by leveraging our highly skilled research team, academic connections with the University of Strathclyde, state-of-the-art network assets and simulation systems.
Our low voltage distribution network was configured to replicate an on-street EV charging deployment and used to assess the electrical and communications performance of the developed system. This testing de-risks the technology deployment for the subsequent field trial.
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