My Electric Avenue is building a picture of electric car charging in the UK and results of the project are now being published
My Electric Avenue is a project led by EA Technology and hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) which aims to discover essential learning about managing the local electricity network as sales of cars with ‘plug-in’ capability continue to rise.
My Electric Avenue is focusing on how best to manage the network when a large number of Electric Vehicles (EVs) charge in the same street at the same time. It is also the first trial that directly controls domestic EV charging to prevent underground cables, overhead lines and substations being overloaded. The project aims to prove a solution that would avoid the need to dig up the roads to install higher capacity electric cables.
My Electric Avenue trials are nearing completion and over the coming months the project will be continuing to share what it has learnt about the charging of clusters of electric cars.
You can find out more about the results from the trial on this website.
My Electric Avenue is funded through Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund.
My Electric Avenue is tasked with delivering two core Learning Outcomes, which are being documented and evidenced in reports, and disseminated throughout the energy industry. The Learning Outcomes align to a number of deliverables that the My Electric Avenue project needs to achieve, in order to be deemed a successful project.
The Learning Outcomes focus on the commercial and technical aspects of the project.
1. Commercial: To what extent does a DNO enabling a third party delivery of innovation accelerate deployment?
This is the first time that a Tier 2 LCN Fund project has been developed, managed and delivered by a non-Distribution Network Operator. EA Technology is fulfilling this role, as well as acting as the third party technology innovation provider. In other words, EA Technology is running the project, and is also the brains behind the technology (Esprit) that is being trialled.
The key deliverables from the Commercial Learning Outcome are focused around development of novel contractual and programme management frameworks that other third parties can use to deliver future projects on behalf of DNOs.
2. Technical: To what extent can DNO direct demand control facilitate the connection of low carbon technology?
This Learning Outcome revolves around the project’s trials of Esprit, a piece of technology that remotely controls the charging of electric vehicles at times of network stress. The aim is to manage any excessive stress placed upon the local electricity network from a number of EVs all being charged at the same time, or one or two EVs being charged at a time when there is a lot of other demand being placed on the network.
Over 200 electricity customers are taking part in our trials, each driving an EV and each having access to a charging point. Trial participants’ acceptance of having their EV charging controlled remotely is being gauged through surveys and interviews; we are able to see how often each person’s EV charge is being switched off by Esprit, and we are finding out about driving and charging behaviours.
For a summary see the Trial results page
For more detail see the Project library
The Project library includes:
My Electric Avenue is the public identity for the Low Carbon Networks Fund Tier 2 project called 'I2EV'.