EVs and the Grid

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

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Course objectives – is this for you?

Even without the rapid growth of EVs, our current power systems are in the midst of disruptive transition towards cleaner, diversified and more flexible structures.

As the transition from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric vehicles (EVs) grows, what will be the impact on the power system? What are the barriers to scale and which solutions (and hence market opportunities) will be essential?

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the cross-sector issues that must be understood and integrated, plus the competitive battles ahead, including: technology status and trends, management of electricity demand & supply, charging network players and competitors, consumer behaviour influences.


Session 1: The EV market and its bulk impact on electricity systems

EV market drivers & charging trends

  • Policy environments and drivers for EV uptake, including recent trends

  • Quantifying the key metrics for EVs which matter to electricity systems, including: efficiencies, ranges and charging rates

  • A review of key technology issues and value chain players, including charging types, locations and networks

  • Segmenting the EV and charging market (current and future)

The macro impact of EVs on transitioning power systems

  • Quantifying the impacts of EVs on bulk energy demand and system power

  • EVs in the context of typical (and example) patterns of electricity demand

  • A critical analysis of the key variables in “well-to-wheel” emissions debates and disagreements: examining the numbers

  • Integrating EV charging with renewable power

  • Charging deployment challenges, including the uncertainties evident in different forecasts and scenarios

Session 2: Charging challenges, smart charging and EVs as grid assets

Charging networks, smart charging and grid distribution systems

  • Can local grids support home charging on a mass scale? (Examining the numbers)

  • What do recent trials and charging data tell us about the impacts of EV charging on demand?

  • How to incentivise smart charging? (policies, pricing and new business models)

  • Smart charging and smart home examples

  • New opportunities and threats for the business models of system operators, electricity utilities, aggregators and emerging value-chain disruptors

Electric vehicles as grid assets

  • Assessing the case for vehicle-to-grid (V2G): what problems can it realistically solve?

  • How much are grid services worth, how are they monetised and how is this changing?

  • Examples of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) case studies and pilots: target sectors and early lessons

  • Evaluating the barriers to V2G development (including competition, business model and EV owner concerns)

  • 2nd life EV battery applications: early examples, long-term scalability, growth barriers

Session 3: Value chain convergence and technology disruption

New players, new strategies and new business opportunities

  • What strategies are key players pursuing? (oil companies, fuel retailers, electricity utilities, automakers, newcomers and more)

  • Location, location, location: homes, workplaces, forecourts, leisure destinations and the issues in developing sustainable business models

  • Integrating stationary storage and EV charging

  • Integrating distributed power generation and EV charging

  • Electrification in heavy-duty vehicle segments: the state of play

Evaluating the impacts of technology, behavioural change and potential competition

  • The importance of different outcomes of hybrid vs “pure” EV uptake

  • Battery evolution: chemistry, resource limitations and future tech

  • Vehicle autonomy: its status and potential impacts on electricity demand and charging requirements

  • A rational perspective on the battery vs. hydrogen debate: efficiencies, economics, end-users

Closing summary:

  • Are today’s assumptions appropriate for the long-term, sustainable charging networks and business models of tomorrow?

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