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This project was led by Dr Richard Gibbens who sadly passed away in August 2018. Find out more about Richard and his work.

Extensive use of electric vehicles will help reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels and is a major factor in the transition to a low carbon transport economy. In this project, researchers aim to apply mathematical modelling to real-world data to develop a decentralised scheduling approach for electric vehicle charging, to ensure the viability of widespread use.

Explaining the science

If every owner of an electric vehicle chose to charge their vehicle at similar times, for example in the weekday evening, this could lead to significant operational problems including congestion in the electric distribution network.

An approach is therefore needed that would allow a central authority to oversee the network and resource usage, and allow electric vehicle owners to represent their individual preferences over charging levels and costs.

Electric vehicles can also act as distributed storage for the entire grid, giving more resilience against peaks and troughs in use, and reducing costs for users and distributors.

Project aims

Applying mathematical modelling to real-world data sets to develop a decentralised scheduling approach for electric vehicle charging.

The outcomes of this research will be of major benefit to the national electricity grid as they anticipate how to manage charging electric car batteries, and make renewable energies compatible with the UK energy infrastructure.

Researchers and collaborators