Kitu brings smart EV charging into homes
February 19, 2019
Smart EV charging features such as access control, payment services and/or load management are increasingly common at work, retail destinations and public charging facilities. Now, Kitu Systems aims to bring smart charging benefits into homes with monitoring and management capabilities.
More and more utilities realise the potential of using electric vehicle loads to provide grid support and have been eyeing the home, where ample opportunity for charging and discharging occurs. Customers who give utilities the flexibility to adjust and control the charging profile of their vehicle may find attractive incentives and potentially pay less for energy.
California-based Kitu Systems' Convoy EV allows EV owners, site hosts and utilities to deploy grid-optimised and user-friendly charging. With support for multi-standard interfaces to chargers (OCPP and IEEE 2030.5) and to utility systems (Open ADR and IEEE 2030.5), Convoy offers a broad range of hardware and interconnection options to EV owners and utilities.
"Customers want the flexibility to choose the hardware and services that meet their on-going needs," said Vincent Weyl, Kitu Systems' VP of marketing. "Convoy focuses the conversation on services and value, and away from technology and interoperability issues. As we progress towards seamless vehicle-to-grid integration, Convoy enables synergies between solar, storage and electric vehicles, resulting in new benefits to owners and grid operators."
The platform completed a vehicle-to-grid technology pilot last autumn in San Diego, and is now being tested in a real-world environment that includes solar, storage, and vehicles capable of bi-directional power flow and grid support services.
Kitu Systems’ software and SaaS embed intelligence and control capabilities into renewable energy devices, aggregate their communications in the cloud, and securely interconnect them with utility and customer management systems. The open and standards-based software platform provides the buildings blocks of energy networks that are intelligent, resilient, adaptive, efficient and scalable.