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Ontario to roll out intelligent electric vehicle charging

Steve Rogerson
June 2, 2015
 
An intelligent electric vehicle charging system (IEVCS) is being rolled out to help build Ontario’s clean energy future. The project, sponsored by the Ministry of Energy and funded in part through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative, will analyse the effects of electric vehicle charging on transformers by creating a real-time transformer monitoring and analytics system.
 
The key benefit will be the real-time monitoring of the transformers and the ability to manage automatically the charging between vehicles to ensure the transformers do not overload as a result of EV charging.
 
The project aims to use the latest techniques in data sciences and embedded systems for the smart grid industry. The highly customisable and scalable platform is set to help utilities reduce their total operating cost.
 
During the two-year project, India-based Tech Mahindra, along with its partners, will develop and design a distribution system for electric vehicles. This system will manage the load profiles of participant EVs by queuing their charging to prevent transformer overloading, while keeping participants’ information private.
 
“We are excited to have the Ministry of Energy sponsor our project through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative and believe that over the next two years our technologies will have done its part to build a smarter grid in Ontario through our IEVCS infrastructure,” said Sirisha Voruganti, global head of innovation at Tech Mahindra. “Innovation is integral to Tech Mahindra’s growth strategy and we are happy to launch this project in Ontario as part of this journey.”
 
Tech Mahindra's IEVCS project comes at a time when the company is actively promoting ideas and technologies. In February 2015, Tech Mahindra announced plans to invest $150m over the next three to four years to develop next-generation technologies.
 
“Ontario is committed to supporting leading-edge smart grid projects in the province that create jobs and secure Ontario’s position as a North American leader in emerging energy technologies,”said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario minister of energy. “We are confident this project will not only enhance Ontario’s smart grid, but also enable Tech Mahindra to take an Ontario-based solution global.”