Final three months with ECOtality in Phoenix – my 6th and last quarterly report

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Jun 302013
 

Please find here my sixth and final quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period of 4th February 2013 – 3rd May 2013 during my employment with ECOtality North America in the United States of America.

During the final three months of my placement with ECOtality, I have continued working as a Ground Energy Storage Engineer as part of the Engineering team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ECOtality North America is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, and provides Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and services for Residential, Commercial and Industrial applications.  ECOtality has also designed and currently manages the world’s largest EV infrastructure demonstration – The EV Project.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included producing a report that discusses the state of the USA electricity demand response programs, and proposes the technical/economic opportunities and challenges that exist for ECOtality to participate in these programs, as well as a roadmap and recommendations for doing so. I have also produced a white paper, to be published by ECOtality, on the opportunities to reduce utility demand charges incurred by DC fast charging units, by utilising demand diversity, energy storage system assisted recharging, and providing demand response to the electricity grid.

Given the confidential nature of much of the work I have undertaken, I have had to omit certain details of some developments that are of commercial significance to ECOtality.

I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties regarding this or any of my previous reports for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship.

First three months with ECOtality in Phoenix – my 5th quarterly report

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Feb 152013
 

Please find linked here my fifth quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period of 5th November 2012 – 3rd February 2013 during my employment with ECOtality North America in the United States of America.

During the first three months of my placement with ECOtality, I have been working as a Ground Energy Storage Engineer as part of the Engineering team based in Phoenix, Arizona.

ECOtality North America is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, and provides Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and services for Residential, Commercial and Industrial applications.  ECOtality has also designed and currently manages the world’s largest EV infrastructure demonstration – The EV Project.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included researching the USA electricity ancillary services and demand response markets/programs, so as to work towards producing a report outlining the technical/economical requirements and opportunities for ECOtality to participate in these markets/programs.

In addition I have been investigating the concept of energy storage system assisted electric vehicle DC fast charging units, so as to work towards writing an engineering white paper on how and where to deploy such a system.

Given the confidential nature of much of the work I have undertaken, I have had to omit certain details of some developments that are of commercial significance to ECOtality.

I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties regarding this report or my proposed goals for the next quarter, which will be my final quarter on the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship.

My second quarter with KEMA – my 4th quarterly report

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Nov 222012
 

Please find attached here my fourth quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period 2nd July 2012 – 30th September 2012 during my employment with DNV KEMA in the Netherlands.

During the second three months of my placement with DNV KEMA, I have continued working as an Electrical Engineer as part of the New Energy Technologies team in the Clean Energy Services business unit based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The New Energy Technologies team is made up of a number of professionals from various technical and business backgrounds and has a focus on projects related to energy storage, carbon capture, transition to sustainable energies, and industrial use of polymers, for governments, utilities and businesses.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included continuing on with the development of a grid modelling and optimisation tool for the European Commission supported NEMO project.  I have also worked on a project to model the Dutch LV grid of 2050 to make predictions on the cost to network augmentation to support predicted penetration of EVs, PVs, heating technology (gas vs. electric booster), and 2h and 12h shiftable loads, as well as the predicted customer demand profiles.

Given the confidential nature of much of my work I have undertaken, I have had to omit certain details of some developments that are of commercial significance to DNV KEMA and their clients.

I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties, regarding this report or my proposed goals for the next quarter.

 

PS – I have now arrived in Phoenix Arizona in the USA and have started with Ecotality.

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