IBM has joined the effort Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks (EDISON) research consortium, a Denmark-based collaborative aimed at developing an intelligent infrastructure that will make possible the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles powered by sustainable energy, such as wind power.
The EDISON effort consists of IBM; Denmark's largest energy company, DONG Energy; the regional energy company of Oestkraft; the Technical University of Denmark; Siemens; Eurisco; and the Danish Energy Association. Due to the environmental benefits of the electric vehicle technologies, the research will be partly funded by the Danish government.
The first step for the consortium is to develop smart technologies to be implemented on the Danish island of Bornholm, which is designed to function as a test bed. The island has 40,000 inhabitants and an energy infrastructure characterized by a large amount of wind energy.
Creating a test bed on the island will allow researchers to study how the energy system functions as the number of electric vehicles increases. The studies will be simulation-based and will not impact security of supply on the island.
Within the project, researchers from IBM Denmark and from IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory will develop smart technologies that synchronize the charging of the electric vehicles with the availability of wind in the grid.
IBM has also contributed a hardware platform to the Technical University of Denmark that will be used for large-scale, real-time simulations of the energy system and the impact of electric vehicles.
While various companies have announced initiatives in Denmark that will contribute to the overall adoption of an electric vehicle system, EDISON will address the entire end-to-end process to make the system possible, which includes ensuring overall grid stability and supporting the increased use of renewable energy. The smart technologies developed within EDISON may also be applied to the management of other types of decentralized batteries throughout the grid.