Trial location

The trial is using substations in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire


The number of electric vehicles (EVs) on our roads is forecast to rise substantially over the coming years. This will require a significant increase in home and public charge points. Our use as consumers of future urban-level electrical transport services incorporates different attributes and impacts on LV community networks.

What is the challenge?

As the numbers of EV charge points increase, is the current energy infrastructure fit for purpose with respect to delivering energy positive districts? In particular, what are the impacts and opportunities of Electric Mobility as a Service (EMaaS) on substations? Is it possible to model the substation load profile changes that are likely to result from more public on-street charge points? Are the billing mechanisms clear between consumers, councils, and DNOs for the electricity used by such chargers? And should local councils have best practice mechanisms to integrate the legacy costs of retrofitting public infrastructure into electrical chargers?

What is the proposed solution and how is OpenLV enabling it?

This project will visualise the impact of EMaaS on LV networks, using two meshed substations and a standalone one with higher penetration of EVs. The project aims to be able to propose a dynamic pricing model based on cooperative optimisation, maximising benefits for both the transport and electricity networks.

Data from the OpenLV project will be provided to aid project modelling to visualise real time demand on the grid and the impact EMaaS might have on substations. This output will demonstrate potential vulnerabilities within the current electrical infrastructure and help inform future policies on network optimisation, policy intervention, and market regulation strategic planning.

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