Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
BCIT’s Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team is working on a research, development and demonstration (RD&D) initiatives aimed at solutions that will reduce barriers to the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs). These projects will build on a recently completed renewable (solar PV) energy generation, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure project called Energy OASIS, located at BCIT’s Burnaby campus.
Next Generation EV Charging InfrastructureThis initiative will:
- Demonstrate curbside and parking lot charging stations that use existing street lighting infrastructure
- Study and recommend mitigations to aggregate load and power quality issues for collections of charging stations in multi-unit residential buildings (MURB) installations
- Demonstrate interoperability of EV chargers from different vendors using open, non-proprietary communications protocols
- Make recommendations to codes and standards bodies such as CSA, Canadian Electric Code, Technical Safety BC, on smart EV charging solutions
- Create a “blueprint” for Canadian municipalities to follow to leverage streetlight infrastructure to provision Level 2 EV charging in otherwise challenging locations.
- Project Announcement
- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Electric Vehicle Infrastructure project page
- Project Download Page provides links to download the OCPP source code, Feb 2018 Knowledge Dissemination Workshop slides, and project related reports.
BCIT Electric Vehicle Charging Station Demonstration ProjectThe BCIT Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team is involved in a research project to investigate efficient ways to retrofit existing Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs), strata and rental apartments, in the Greater Vancouver area with electric vehicle charging stations. The goal of the project is to provide demonstration sites that show how to develop a scalable plan for installing EV chargers in existing MURBs.
For further information, please visit the project webpage.