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With more electric cars and plug-in vehicles on the road, we will soon need more flexible payment methods for electricity consumption. What’s needed is an integrated approach for the entire electric car infrastructure, taking into account charging solutions and associated information and communication technologies. Along with this comes a need for a billing system that enables the seamless interaction of charged vehicles, billing centres, and the electricity grid.
Current practises in wireless telecommunication can give us some insight into how best to identify appliances and end-users, and how to ensure that invoicing is done properly. Clearly, we need to rethink the purchasing of electricity. One possibility involves using smart card technology as a kind of ‘SIM card for electricity’. Consumers could use cards to tap into pre-paid electricity, possibly even with whatever plug comes in handy.
One essential feature of future smart grids is the capacity to store energy locally. Electric cars are often seen as a potential means of mobile energy storage, and have the ability to feed electricity back into the smart grid. These cars could be an important element of intelligent energy infrastructure and contribute greatly to the grid’s ability to compensate variable inputs from renewal energy production. Scenarios like these demonstrate the true potential of ‘green’ electricity.
VTT’s experience in managing totally new technical and business architectures opens up exciting new possibilities for utilities and service companies. With VTT as a partner, the future looks bright for smarter, more efficient electricity production and consumption.