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Electric Cars: Can Our Power Network Handle Them?

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by: Marike Boonstra
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It is no secret that the more than one billion cars on our earth are responsible for more than one-fifth of all CO2 emissions. Imagine this: if all vehicles were to run on electricity from renewables, we could save more than the entire annual greenhouse gas output of the EU. 

Electric Cars Are Gaining Popularity

Sounds great, right? A lot of people think more electric vehicles on our roads will help us achieve the objectives of the Paris climate accord. The only problem: can our power network cope with all these electric cars?

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Not just environmentally conscious people are interested in electric cars. Electromobility is HOT - people don't just want electric vehicles to cool down our earth, but because the vehicles also look pretty cool. Non-electric cars produce greenhouse gasses and loads of heat, so the cooling down part is literal. If all vehicles were to run on electricity from renewables, we could save more than the entire annual greenhouse gas output of the EU.

Recommended: Electric Cars Are Low On CO2: Gas Is The Best. Forget SUVs

Tesla started the ball rolling, and established automakers are now joining in. Now every prominent maker has at least one electrically powered model in its catalog. But the picture is different on the streets, states Siemens PTI on their website. And they are right. Most of the cars are still powered by gas and diesel, although electromobility is undoubtedly gaining popularity. While the demand for electric vehicles is rising, distribution system operators need to ensure that their grids are prepared for the future. Siemens: just placing charging points in place isn’t enough to deal with these growing numbers of EV’s.

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Tesla Roadster from 2008


What’s happening under the hood?
Electric cars are powered by a battery. This battery can be charged by an external electricity source. The car draws electricity from this power source and stores it in a battery pack.

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Can Our Power Network Cope With All The Electric cars?

An electric car needs a way to charge. But there is more to it than just placing new charging points: our whole existing infrastructure needs to be expanded to enable all the vehicles to be recharged. If all cars were to be electric, a massive amount of power would be required.


                                    Can the national grid cope with every car going electric! Can it deal now?

Ben Gemsjäger is researching just how future proof the existing distribution systems are. “Some of our existing power networks would be simply overloaded if millions of electric cars were to switch to battery-only operation overnight and had to be recharged in a matter of minutes,” says deputy head of Department for Distribution and Decentralized System Studies at Siemens PTI.

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To reduce massive amounts of CO2 by going electric, more people need to choose an electric car. Distribution system operators have a crucial role to play in helping them make the breakthrough. The downsize: “the more electric cars that are charged at the same time, the more likely it is that the grid will be overloaded.”

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Power Network: Renewable Sources

Another problem is the environmental impact of electric cars. Of course, electric driven cars are a better option than gas and diesel-driven vehicles, but electromobility is only environmentally practical if the required electricity comes from renewable sources. Unfortunately, we don't always have access to renewable sources like wind and solar power, as they can be quite irregular. Besides, the diffusion of renewable energy is sometimes complicated, because “the plants are often located in rural areas - while most of the power is consumed a long distance away in cities.”

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Coping With All The Electric Cars: Solutions For Our Power Network

Since infrastructure is designed with a 40- to 50-year timeframe in mind, we can't just sit and wait for the instant boost of electric vehicles. According to Head of Distribution and Decentral Systems at Siemens PTI, Dr. Adam Suplinksi, a solution for the preparation of our network is a step-by-step approach. “The first step is to determine the additional charging load that electric cars will impose in the future and where they’ll come into contact with the grid. Using this knowledge, we can simulate the grids and apply long-term planning to optimize them both technically and economically,” Suplinksi says. Within a predictive and intelligent re-investment planning process, the operators will learn which recourses are critical, and it will be ensured that the number of electric cars being charged simultaneously is limited to what the grid can accommodate. Another solution can be the use of decentralized energy systems, to provide capacity at the local level and supply balancing energy when required.

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Microgrids, a way of fostering energy transition in the electric power industry


The key to coping with electric cars in the future is proper preparation and research. “Grid transparency and flexible models are the keys to being optimally prepared for the electromobility of the future and identifying ‘no-regret’ measures,” says Gemsjäger: “Measures we can take today without regretting them tomorrow, regardless of the scenario that plays out.”

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Electric Cars: Can Our Power Network Handle Them?

It is no secret that the more than one billion cars on our earth are responsible for more than one-fifth of all CO2 emissions. Imagine this: if all vehicles were to run on electricity from renewables, we could save more than the entire annual greenhouse gas output of the EU.  Electric Cars Are Gaining Popularity Sounds great, right? A lot of people think more electric vehicles on our roads will help us achieve the objectives of the Paris climate accord. The only problem: can our power network cope with all these electric cars? Not just environmentally conscious people are interested in electric cars. Electromobility is HOT - people don't just want electric vehicles to cool down our earth, but because the vehicles also look pretty cool. Non-electric cars produce greenhouse gasses and loads of heat, so the cooling down part is literal. If all vehicles were to run on electricity from renewables, we could save more than the entire annual greenhouse gas output of the EU. Recommended:  Electric Cars Are Low On CO2: Gas Is The Best. Forget SUVs Tesla started the ball rolling, and established automakers are now joining in. Now every prominent maker has at least one electrically powered model in its catalog. But the picture is different on the streets, states Siemens PTI on their website. And they are right. Most of the cars are still powered by gas and diesel, although electromobility is undoubtedly gaining popularity. While the demand for electric vehicles is rising, distribution system operators need to ensure that their grids are prepared for the future. Siemens: just placing charging points in place isn’t enough to deal with these growing numbers of EV’s. Tesla Roadster from 2008 What’s happening under the hood? Electric cars are powered by a battery. This battery can be charged by an external electricity source. The car draws electricity from this power source and stores it in a battery pack. Recommended: Electric Car 2020: Mini Electric First Drive For The Masses Can Our Power Network Cope With All The Electric cars? An electric car needs a way to charge. But there is more to it than just placing new charging points: our whole existing infrastructure needs to be expanded to enable all the vehicles to be recharged. If all cars were to be electric, a massive amount of power would be required. {youtube}                                     Can the national grid cope with every car going electric! Can it deal now? Ben Gemsjäger is researching just how future proof the existing distribution systems are. “Some of our existing power networks would be simply overloaded if millions of electric cars were to switch to battery-only operation overnight and had to be recharged in a matter of minutes,” says deputy head of Department for Distribution and Decentralized System Studies at Siemens PTI. To reduce massive amounts of CO2 by going electric, more people need to choose an electric car. Distribution system operators have a crucial role to play in helping them make the breakthrough. The downsize: “the more electric cars that are charged at the same time, the more likely it is that the grid will be overloaded.” Recommended: Electric Cars From Thomas Parker To Prius, Volvo, And Tesla Power Network: Renewable Sources Another problem is the environmental impact of electric cars. Of course, electric driven cars are a better option than gas and diesel-driven vehicles, but electromobility is only environmentally practical if the required electricity comes from renewable sources. Unfortunately, we don't always have access to renewable sources like wind and solar power, as they can be quite irregular. Besides, the diffusion of renewable energy is sometimes complicated, because “the plants are often located in rural areas - while most of the power is consumed a long distance away in cities.” Recommended: Electric Cars Cheaper To Own And Run Than Petrol Or Diesel Coping With All The Electric Cars: Solutions For Our Power Network Since infrastructure is designed with a 40- to 50-year timeframe in mind, we can't just sit and wait for the instant boost of electric vehicles. According to Head of Distribution and Decentral Systems at Siemens PTI, Dr. Adam Suplinksi, a solution for the preparation of our network is a step-by-step approach. “The first step is to determine the additional charging load that electric cars will impose in the future and where they’ll come into contact with the grid. Using this knowledge, we can simulate the grids and apply long-term planning to optimize them both technically and economically,” Suplinksi says. Within a predictive and intelligent re-investment planning process, the operators will learn which recourses are critical, and it will be ensured that the number of electric cars being charged simultaneously is limited to what the grid can accommodate. Another solution can be the use of decentralized energy systems, to provide capacity at the local level and supply balancing energy when required. Microgrids, a way of fostering energy transition in the electric power industry The key to coping with electric cars in the future is proper preparation and research. “Grid transparency and flexible models are the keys to being optimally prepared for the electromobility of the future and identifying ‘no-regret’ measures,” says Gemsjäger: “Measures we can take today without regretting them tomorrow, regardless of the scenario that plays out.” Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about electric cars? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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