Norway has become a global leader within electric mobility, and the number of electric vehicles and vessels with electric charging demand is increasing rapidly.
Due to political goals, in combination with end-users' and the industry's desire for a more sustainable transport sector, electrification of transport will continue to increase. This electrification impacts all parts of the transport system, such as passenger cars, heavy-duty transport, marine vessels, etc.
The increased charging demand from the transport sector will result in a considerable load increase in the electric grid. This may cause bottlenecks in the distribution grid, which could result in reduced quality of supply. In order to avoid such problems, it is important to find smart solutions for planning and operation of charging infrastructure. Thus, collaboration between suppliers of charging infrastructure and grid companies will be important.
The aim of the FuChar project is to minimise investment and operating costs related to the grid integration of electric transport. This will be done through research on the following topics, where research within electric power systems and transport systems will be important:
- Analysis of transport patterns, user behaviour and charging profiles from electric vehicles and vessels
- Development and testing of alternative system configurations and control systems for increasing utilisation of flexibility in charging infrastructure
- Development of methods for optimal planning and operation of charging infrastructure in the distribution grid
The FuChar project will mainly focus on high-power charging and other aggregated charging interfaces with a large electric charging demand. FuChar will provide increased knowledge about electrical charging and user behaviour, as well as new methods and tools for optimising grid and charging infrastructure. The aim is that this knowledge will contribute to a more user-friendly and efficient electrification of transport.