A CLEAN energy technology firm from Scotland has entered an innovation project partnership to speed up the roll-out of electric vehicles by finding the best ways to charge them at multiple venues. Glasgow-based Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) will now work with SP Energy Networks (SPEN), traffic software provider PTV Group and consultancy and technology firm EA Technology on the £8.5 million Charge Network Innovation Competition initiative. The project will test the technology and procedures in Liverpool, North Wales and parts of Cheshire and Shropshire that could then be rolled out across the UK. SGS will bid to develop solutions to two of the biggest challenges facing electric vehicle users – how to charge vehicles at home without their own driveways, such as flats and in terraced streets, and how to charge them at public locations, including shopping centres, events venues and tourist attractions, as well as filling stations and motorway service areas. The company will explore several smart charging solutions, including staggered charging on a street-by-street basis, timed charging schedules and controlling charging rates based on network measurements. SGS’s software will manage the charging of electric vehicles, which are expected to be the dominant form of transport by 2050.
The National 10th April 2019 read more »