Due to the expected increase in emission-free mobility, more and more electrical vehicles will appear on campus. Facility Services employees, but especially staff and even students, will drive electrical vehicles more and more. Logically, this development results in a greater need for charging stations.
It is true that permanent electrical capacity can be provided to the campus, but there will be an increasingly high peak in the mornings due to electrical driving.
The required peak capacity is an important factor for the price of electricity. If we are able to reduce the peak while still being able to charge all electrical vehicles quickly, that will be a win-win situation. Actually, it will be a ‘win-win-win’ situation, as in addition to the EV driver and the campus, the environment also benefits.
This idea has been the subject of a Master’s thesis and two projects for the Master’s course in Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Systems Design. This project will also give a boost to our campus’s image. For instance, it would make it possible to show how many electrical cars are being charged, along with the reduction in CO2 emissions.
During this project one of the UT car parks can be equipped with the ‘charging many’ solution, which means that UT will have to put serious thought into the charging strategy and charging electronics.
Usability is also essential, as every user wants to be sure that they can drive home at the end of the day. A multidisciplinary approach is clearly required for this. It will probably be useful to involve such parties as ELaad.nl and FastNed.nl. ELaad.nl has already been contacted.
Likely UT parties to be included in the projects are: EWI/Semiconductor Components, EWI/Stochastic Operations Research, EWI/Computer Architecture for Embedded Systems, TNW/Energy, Materials and Systems.