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A power consumption monitoring startup reckons its substation monitoring technology can be used to help the spread of electric car charging points.
The OpenLV project aims to deploy a “low cost substation intelligence platform” that monitors local low voltage* substations and meshes them together to supply extra current as required when demand spikes – for example, when several people in a particular area hook up their electric cars for charging.
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“Currently, electricity network operators don’t have enough information about how much spare capacity there is on local electricity networks. This makes it difficult to know whether a cluster of EVs [electric vehicles] charging at peak times will push the demand over the limit,” said OpenLV in a press statement.
“If the data highlights a potential capacity issue,” it continued, “then other initiatives could be implemented – such as smart charging, vehicle to grid technology, energy storage, or joining networks together – in preference to more costly and disruptive infrastructure reinforcement works.”
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A joint venture between electrickery firm EA Technology and Western Power Distribution, the OpenLV project aims to deploy its software into 80 low-voltage substations across South Wales, the Midlands and the south-west. The project is also keen to see app developers tapping into this data, comparing itself to how Transport for London opened up various datasets that drove a surge in the number of travel planning apps and the like.
The National Grid, the body that maintains the main high voltage transmission...
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