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Percepscion’s Kristian Handberg and Gill Owen from Monash University have published a whitepaper examining the opportunities for Electric Vehicles (EVs) as grid support. The paper covers the benefits offered by EVs, such as helping to smooth the peaks and troughs of electricity demand and improving the utilization of EV batteries, as well as the technical and regulatory obstacles.

In addition to the potential for EV batteries to store power during times of abundance and the ability of grid connected EVs to participate in Demand Management in times of shortage, the whitepaper explores how EVs can be employed to support electricity needs at a household level, such as supplying emergency back-up power and acting as local storage for the home’s rooftop solar energy.

The whitepaper Electric Vehicles as Grid Support can be downloaded here.

Kristian Handberg will be expanding on this theme at next week’s Smart Energy Summit in Austin, Texas. Kristian is taking part in an expert panel on the topic of “Expanding the Energy Markets through Connected Devices” and will be focusing on the role of EVs as grid connected devices. More information can be found on the Smart Energy Summit website. 

Hot off the press: our work demonstrating EV charging demand management has been featured in Metering International magazine.

ChargeIQ featured in Metering International Sept 2013

World 1st For Percepscion

Percepscion’s Fire Danger application is now live! In what is believed to be a world first, Percepscion is using Victoria’s Smart Meter network to deliver benefits to the community beyond the network’s core application measuring and controlling electrical devices.

Percepscion is using the Smart Meter network to deliver Fire Danger Rating forecasts from the CFA website to Percepscion’s FireVu fridge magnets in trial participants’ homes. The technology trial will run over the 2011/2012 fire season to prove the technology capability, with a broader trial possibly running over the 2012/2013 season.

PowerVu Now ZigBee Certified

The Percepscion PowerVu home electricity monitor now has ZigBee Smart Energy certification.

ZigBee Smart Energy is the world’s leading standard for interoperable products that monitor, control, inform and automate the delivery and use of energy and water. It helps create greener homes by giving consumers the information and automation needed to easily reduce their consumption and save money, too.

DSE Fire Danger Forecast Trial

The Department of Sustainability and Environment’s (DSE) Fire Danger Forecast Trial is due to start December 2011 and will run the duration of the 2011/2012 fire season.
The aim of the trial is to establish the use of the underlying Smart Meter communications network for delivery of messaging to the home, in particular geographically distributing public safety messages and in this case the 4-day Fire Danger Forecast published by the CFA.