The IESO, OEB, BluWave-ai and Canada’s Hydro Ottawa will collaborate to pilot the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to coordinate electric vehicle (EV) charging in Ottawa during peak electricity demand.
To meet the growing energy needs created by electric vehicles in the Ottawa area, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) are supporting a new project pilot.
The project will be managed by BluWave-ai, a renewable energy AI company, and Hydro Ottawa, a regulated electricity distribution company, to use AI and manage electric vehicle charging during peak periods.
The pilot, EV Everywhere, will use AI to create an online service for EV owners. It will aggregate the storage and charging capacities of electric vehicle batteries to smooth out peaks in demand and take advantage of lower-cost energy during off-peak hours. The automated system will also assess customer interest and impacts.
“Distribution utilities in Ontario face the challenges of meeting increased demand for EV chargers in customers’ homes and businesses,” said Devashish Paul, CEO and Founder of BluWave-ai.
Paul added, “BluWave-ai’s EV Everywhere facilitates the transition to high EV penetration by using real-time network data to forecast demand, taking into account expected consumer loads and renewable energy generation. behind the counter. Integrated with utility systems, EV Everywhere provides optimal dispatch for intelligent planning of EV charging and available battery energy storage. This is an alternative wireless solution that can defer or reduce the need for capital infrastructure upgrades. »
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The hope of the project is to save customers money while extending the life of electrical infrastructure.
The pilot project will test an artificial intelligence software platform that helps utilities learn about and support the growing number of electric vehicles drawing their electricity from the local grid.
With customer input, optimized charging times and strategic placement of battery storage, the platform aims to reduce pressure on the local grid. He also hopes to enable electric vehicles to provide service to the entire provincial electricity market.
With C$2.4 million (US$1.9 million) in funding from the IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund, as well as regulatory support from the OEB’s Innovation Sandbox, the project aims to contribute to technical advances that will help realize the potential of these solutions.
The project promoters and their partners are investing an additional 2.4 million Canadian dollars.
The announcement builds on the support the Grid Innovation Fund and Innovation Sandbox are providing to four projects announced in March, bringing the total investment to $41.8 million.
“Innovative technologies, like AI, are giving consumers greater control over their electricity use,” said Lesley Gallinger, President and CEO of the IESO. “By continuing to fund local projects through our Grid Innovation Fund, we are finding new ways to harness the potential of local sourcing and changing the way we think about our electricity grid.”
“Working with BluWave-ai and Hydro Ottawa creates an incredible opportunity to increase EV adoption,” commented Gurmesh Sidhu, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Moment Energy.
“By adding energy storage to the grid, we can solve many of the problems the grid would otherwise encounter as EV adoption increases. Working with partners allows us to demonstrate the effectiveness of second-life batteries and the impact they can have on transmission and distribution infrastructure.
The IESO projects that demand for electricity from transportation electrification, which includes electric vehicles, will increase by 20% per year.