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Electric vehicles' impact on British distribution networks

Electric vehicles' impact on British distribution networks

Papadopoulos, P., Skarvelis-Kazakos, S., Grau, I., Cipcigan, L.M. and Jenkins, N. (2012) Electric vehicles' impact on British distribution networks. IET Electrical Systems in Transportation, 2 (3). pp. 91-102. ISSN 2042-9738 (doi:

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Battery charging of electric vehicles (EVs) will increase the power demand in distribution networks. It is anticipated that this will cause voltage drops, thermal overloads and an increase in losses. The severity of the impact will depend on the EV owners' behaviour. A generic three-phase low voltage (LV) residential distribution network model was used to evaluate the effects of EV battery charging on distribution networks, the effect of a smart charging regime for EVs as well as the contribution of dispersed micro-generation (mGen) sources. The uncertainties associated with the residential loads, m-Gen and EV owners' behaviour, were addressed with a probabilistic approach. A case study was performed for the year 2030 using both deterministic and probabilistic approaches. The probabilistic assessment showed the importance of the above uncertainties.

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Additional Information: [1] The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the partners of the FP7 EU Project Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity (MERGE) under Grant 241399. [2] Spyros Starvelis-Kazados was employed by the Institute of Energy, Cardiff University at the time this article was written.
Uncontrolled Keywords: distributed generation, distribution networks, electric vehicles, smart charging, stochastic simulation, battery charging, distributed generation, electric vehicle, probabilistic approach, residential distribution networks, spatial distribution uncertainties, thermal overloads, voltage drops
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Engineering
School of Engineering > Department of Engineering Systems
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