Smart energy: How EV charging enables smart energy management

An essential tactic in the fight against climate change is the adoption of innovative products and services that utilize less energy or optimize the usage of renewable energy sources. The market has recently introduced several potential ecological developments, including electric cars, solar panels and smart energy systems. Converging trends will likely increase industrial enterprises', adoption of energy management technologies and potentially enhance their engagement with electric utilities and the grid. This increased investment into smart energy systems poses many benefits to consumers, the environment, and to energy providers at large.

What is smart energy?

Smart Energy Systems were first introduced in 2012. Smart energy system consisting of new technologies and infrastructures which create new forms of flexibility, primarily in the ‘conversion’ stage of the energy system. In simple terms, Smart Energy systems can be seen as the process of using devices for energy-efficiency. It focuses on powerful, sustainable renewable energy sources that promote greater eco-friendliness while driving down costs. Smart energy is becoming increasingly vital in today's modern world, and forward-thinking firms are making smart energy systems a priority.  Consumers, the environment, and energy providers will all benefit from the increasing investment in smart energy systems. Companies such as Heliox, Siemens and ABB are pioneers in the field of EV charging solutions across Europe. Electric vehicle energy management systems (EVEMS) represent an opportunity to maximize usage efficiency of existing electrical infrastructure and avoid prohibitive costs inherent with capacity upgrades.

Heliox and smart energy management

When looking at the essence of how a Smart Energy system has been created at Heliox, CEO Michael Coljin explains it in a practical way, there is a need to increase renewable energy sources, however renewables are less predictable as so the intermittency of the electricity’s means you need to find an alternative to balancing the grid. When looking at how Heliox includes smart energy systems into the company and manufacturing on EV charging Michael Coljin carries on to explain that:

 “When you connect a vehicle to a charger you have battery storage on wheels.  Essentially you can choose what to do with it. You can either choose to charge more into the vehicle if there is a surplus of electricity so you can charge a little faster or you can choose to defer the charging to a later moment so you take less out if there is a scarcity of electricity in the grid at that time. If there is a real scarcity issue you can choose to take the electricity that is stored in the battery of the vehicle and put it back into the grid to help stabilize the grid.”

The suture of smart energy

Increasing uptake of renewables and being able manage how you use your electricity are essentially what smart energy and smart charging is all about. The future of energy looks smart (literally). With new smart energy devices and technology being developed, governments and private businesses across the globe are looking to usher.

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