Smart Innovation Norway at ENERGYCON:

“Engaging EV drivers and charging point operators into local flexibility trade can be an efficient and least costly way to solve the grid challenges”

During the last days of September and the beginning of October the 6th edition of the IEEE International Energy Conference 2020 was held as combination of a physical and online event, organized by the IEEE Tunisia Section, IEEE Region 8, and IEEE Africa Council.

By Mari Kristine Buckholm, 26 October 2020

“Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the conference turned to be a great success. It included more than 1000 participants, over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, dedicated to the ‘Smart Grid’ and ‘Women in Power’ workshops and distinguished plenary-session speakers,” says Dr. Iliana Ilieva, Senior Researcher at Smart Innovation Norway and one of the speakers at the conference.

The IEEE International Energy Conference 2020 (ENERGYCON) is dedicated to experts carrying out research focused on energy and power systems and has already become one of the most central energy-domain related events in the world.

Knowledge from CINELDI, INVADE and E-REGIO

In this year’s edition of the conference, Dr. Ilieva presented the scientific paper ‘Implementing local flexibility markets and the uptake of electric vehicles – the case for Norway’.

“The paper was part of the work carried within the CINELDI project (Centre for Intelligent Energy Distribution), which is one of the Centres for Environmental Friendly Energy Research (FME) in Norway to which Smart Innovation Norway contributes. The paper is written in co-authorship with Professor Bernt Bremdal and provoked high research interest due to its high relevence for the recent development within the energy and transport sectors,” explains Dr. Ilieva.

In particular, the paper caught the audiences attention by referring to eminent experiences from local market implementation trials in Norway – known as a country with a particularly high electric vehicle uptake rate.

“For that purpose, the valuable knowledge gathered from the Horizon 2020 project INVADE and from the E-REGIO project (funded through the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus initiative) was presented. Within the paper, focus was paid to the flexibility opportunities stemming from charging of electric vehicles and to the ‘locality’ as an important aspect of the market solution,” says Dr. Ilieva.

Involving EV drivers and charging point operators

The key issues discussed in the research article were related to flexibility potential, local market design and implementation. It aimed to give a good reference point to support further steps towards local flexibility markets establishments.

“Undoubtedly, the rapid increase in the number of EVs along Norwegian roads and the associated charging needs pose capacity problems to the grid. Such problems require adequate solutions for minimum costs. Gathering the experiences from several Norwegian trials, the research work shows that engaging EV drivers and charging point operators (CPOs) into local flexibility trade can be an efficient and least costly way to solve the grid challenges,” notes Dr. Ilieva. She adds:

“It is further expected that, with the escalating size of electric mobility in the country, the involvement of EV drivers and CPOs as active power market players will be more eminent than ever.”

The research paper of Dr. Ilieva and Prof. Bremdal will soon be available in the IEEE Xplore digital library as part of the ENERGYCON Proceedings.