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Smart Charging to Face Grid Overload Challenges
By Utilities Tech Outlook | Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Smart charging makes charging easy and secure, acting as a platform for smart energy services. Smart charging also enables cost savings while emissions are reduced. Smart charging devices allow maximum charging power to be used safely. This loads much faster than conventional power sockets. The technology charge is far safer, as smart devices automatically test the connection between the car and the device before charging starts. With dynamic load management, safety can be increased if the same property contains several charging points. The charging can be stopped by a remote if required.
Timing on the base of the local electricity market, such as Nord Pool Spot, can be optimized by the smart charger. This saves money and also promotes the environment and power grid, as electricity prices are based on demand. By optimizing the charging time, smart charging devices balance energy supply and demand and reduce the need for generating electricity.
The term smart charging is used to describe a system with a data connection between an electric device and a charger, and a data connection between the charger and a loader. This controls a loading event in real time. In practice, smart loading is a loading device connected to a back-end service that allows controlling, monitoring, and restricting device usage.
The growth of electric vehicles can be both a challenge and a chance in the management of electric grids. In the future, this may result in higher demands on the power grid if many vehicles are charged simultaneously in one district. This demand for a modern electric vehicle will be similar to the ten households. Smart loading resolves this issue and makes grid use more efficient. Using intelligent technology means cars mainly charge outside peak hours. This allows electric cars to increase their energy demand flexibility to allow more solar and wind power to be used in the grid. Operations will traditionally be adapted to demand, but now demand will be adapted to supply as well. Power plants are required to produce more power during high demand. This is good for an energy system that generates energy from sustainable sources. These electric vehicles can charge quicker at high solar or wind power generation moments through the smart charging.
The big benefit of the smart chargers is that users can keep the battery connected permanently and in the best possible conditions if they have a 'spare' car or bike in the garage until the summer. This will be the most significant cause of why people would adopt this technology more in the future.