You CAN have it both ways: Optimizing EV charging while improving grid stability

Wed, 2015-07-29 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Growing EV popularity presents both an increasing challenge and opportunity for grid operators and utilities, accounting for large, synchronized loads on the electric grid and undesirable demand peaks. Council Associate Partner OSIsoft, a global leader in operational intelligence, and eMotorWerks, a leading provider of Smart[Grid] EV charging solutions, just announced what they're calling a revolutionary new solution that further optimizes EV charging while improving grid stability.

eMotorWerks has incorporated OSIsoft’s PI System within its cloud-based smart charging platform through a connected service agreement. Through improved real-time visibility of major grid parameters and consumer EV charging demand, the companies say eMotorWerks can help grid operators and utilities improve load distribution and grid stability while minimizing needs for expensive generation or transmission and distribution infrastructure upgrades.

Value for EV owners, too
EV customers, meanwhile, will have faster, easier and more secure access to the status of their charging stations.

"We are excited to work with eMotorWerks as our first established EVSE partner," said Patrick Kennedy, CEO at OSIsoft. "Their focus on providing value for the customer -- be it price, portability or power capability -- is consistent with our approach. As the distributed energy market begins to proliferate, we see eMotorWerks’ business model as the ideal way to optimize value for both customers and the electric grid."

Martin Otterson, SVP of Sales, Marketing and Industry at OSIsoft, added that eMotorWerks' JuiceBox SmartGrid EVSE "is a perfect example of how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing market dynamics in ways we could not have imagined."

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