Event: Renewable Energies

On the 10th of July, a collaborative public event of the EV4Energy and COMSOLVE projects was held with a view to publicizing and disseminating their results.

It was attended by the promoters of both projects (Magnum CAP, IT-Aveiro, Digitalmente) and also by a group of companies in the energy sector such as EZU, Alfa Energia, Nossa Energia and CER Loureiro.

This event's main objective was to expose the different phases of the projects, that is, what was developed both in terms of hardware and software and featured a detailed presentation of the charger for electric vehicles - its main functionalities - and also with the presentation of the various use cases of the EV4Energy control system.

In the last part of this seminar a talk was promoted between speakers and audience aiming to clarify every aspect of each project.

The initiative was moderated by Professor Natália Moreno from the University of Coimbra and as speakers João Calheiros Moura and Margarida Duarte from Magnum CAP, Professor Paulo Bartolomeu from IT-Aveiro, among others, and served to make known to a community of players in the area of energy distribution potential market solutions.

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Ev4Energy project is on Global EV Charging Test: V2X edition

Researchers Paulo Bartolomeu and João Silva from the Embedded Systems group, from IT Aveiro, are participating in the Global EV Charging Test: V2X editions, with the Ev4Energy project, between the 28th and 30th of this month.

The Global EV Charging Test event delivers a unique opportunity to companies to participate in tests on-site and evaluate communication between EVs and EVSEs. Test with the latest test systems on the market and test systems available or coming to the market in the very near future.

This event also features a symposium with leading experts on vehicle-to-grid. This is a great opportunity for researchers to exchange ideas and innovation with these leading experts on OCPP and V2X.

EV4Energy, a project led by Joaquim Ferreira (IT Aveiro), intends to place the battery-based Electric Vehicle at the center of electrical distribution, capable of storing renewable energy and delivering this energy to a house, building, neighborhood, or distribution network, but also be able to deliver the energy to other devices such as a washing machine, street lighting or even another electric vehicle.

More on this event: https://elaad.nl/en/march-28-30-global-ev-charging-test-v2x-edition/

More about this project: https://www.it.pt/Projects/Index/4729

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Ev4Energy: how your electric car can become its own power station

The electric vehicle revolution is here. Despite the global pandemic, Europe saw electric car sales double in 2020 and now represents the largest market for electric vehicles in the world. Portugal follows a similar trend, ranking 5th among European countries in terms of EV market share.

Generally speaking, electric vehicles (EV) are safer, better for the environment and cheaper to run. But what if, besides getting us from point A to B, they could power our devices, our home, or even our entire neighborhood?

The EV4Energy project, a partnership between IT and MAGNUM CAP, aims to fundamentally change how we produce, supply and use energy, by placing battery-based EVs at the center of the electrical distribution system.

The project enables EVs “to store renewable energy and deliver it to a house, a building, a neighborhood, or to the distribution network itself. But they may also power other devices, such as washing machines, street lighting, or even another electric vehicle”, explains lead researcher Joaquim Ferreira, of IT’s Embedded Systems group in Aveiro. This Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) ecosystem can simultaneously optimize the energy stored in car batteries and ensure the supply of buildings’ energy needs, through specialized equipment that connects EVs to a wide variety of devices.

“In parallel, this equipment will be able to contribute to the quality of electrical energy in the grid, by automatically and continuously controlling the frequency and power factor in the network”, the researcher adds.

As technology evolves, the idea of households storing energy in their cars or domestic batteries could become a key part of a new, smarter national grid. If everyone can store electricity, power companies can finally separate supply from demand, producing electricity when it's cheapest and most efficient, or when renewable sources like sunlight or wind are most abundant. Consumers, on the other hand, can store the power at home, ready to use or to supply back to the grid at times of peak demand.

EV4Energy addresses this concept and applies it to different scenarios. “It can be instantiated in a domestic context, in which the household building has two, or more, V2X chargers (and corresponding electric vehicles) and low/moderate photovoltaic power generation, as well as in a business context, in which the building or campus can have tens, hundreds, even thousands of high-powered mixed-generation (photovoltaic and wind) V2X chargers”, said Joaquim Ferreira.

The project is led by MAGNUM CAP - Electrical Power Solutions, whose goal is to promote the world’s transition to clean energies. The Aveiro-based company was founded in 2009 and focuses on manufacturing EV charging systems, energy storage devices, renewables and smart grid integration.

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