Special Issue "Electric Vehicles Integration and Control in Smart Grids"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical and Autonomous Vehicles".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Zita Vale
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GECAD-Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Development, Polytechnic of Porto (P.PORTO), P-4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: artificial intelligence; demand response; electric vehicles; electricity markets; power and energy systems; renewable and sustainable energy; smart grids
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Dr. João Soares
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GECAD–Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Development, Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP/IPP), 4200-072 Porto, Portugal
Interests: energy resource management; energy systems simulation; electric vehicles; meta-heuristic optimization; smart grid; swarm intelligence
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Dr. Hugo Morais
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INESC-ID, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico-IST, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: smart grids; electricity markets; energy resource management; distributed power generation; smart power grids; battery-powered vehicles; distribution networks; electric vehicle charging; power distribution economics; power distribution operational planning; power system management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent years have seen clear signs of the increasing electrification of the transportation sector. From light electric vehicles (EVs) to large electric buses and trucks, electric vehicles are the focus of manufacturers and are increasingly seen on our roads. The seamless integration of electric vehicles in smart grids is crucial to enable their contribution towards more sustainable transportation in energy terms. New trends in electric vehicle integration and control in smart homes, smart buildings, energy communities, and charging infrastructure (e.g., parking lots and electric roads) are paving the way for smart and sustainable electrified transportation systems. The intensive use of renewable energy sources in smart grids should be combined with the electric vehicles need for charging. For that, electric vehicle integration in the smart grid must be done in an intelligent way, taking advantage of the underlying flexibility, from flexible charge to a flexible power supply.  Smart contracts and demand-response programs can utilize the flexibility of electric vehicles and enable the most efficient use of low-carbon technologies.

This Special Issue will address all aspects related to the integration of electric vehicles in smart grids, with a special focus on control and management aspects. Business models, contractual arrangements, and charging tariffs are relevant topics. The required equipment and components required for the battery charging and discharging of electric vehicles and the means required for their control and intelligent management are also crucial in this scope.  The Special Issue welcomes original and innovative contributions regarding new models and methods, as well as real solutions and real-live experiences. Considering the huge need for additional research, tests, and validation in this area, submissions regarding open-source software and datasets relevant for the use of the community are particularly welcome.

Prof. Dr. Zita Vale
Dr. João Soares
Dr. Hugo Morais
Guest Editors

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  • Advances in electric road systems
  • Autonomous EVs
  • Business models for EVs and their integration in smart grids
  • Charging infrastructure for EVs
  • Contactless charging stations and other innovative charging solutions for EVs
  • Demand response interfaces and control for electric mobility
  • Electric bus and trucks
  • EV coordination with other distributed energy resources
  • EV fleets and large-scale integration for V2G
  • EV flexibility and demand response programs for EVs
  • Home and building smart charging control devices
  • Integration of electric vehicles in energy communities and collective self-consumption
  • Light electric vehicles (LEV)
  • Robotized charging piles and parks with grid flexibility
  • Smart contracts for EVs
  • Vehicle-to-grid (V2G), vehicle-to-building (V2B), vehicle-to-home (V2H), vehicle-to-everything (V2X)

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An Optimization Model for Energy Community Costs Minimization Considering a Local Electricity Market between Prosumers and Electric Vehicles
Electronics 2021, 10(2), 129; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10020129 - 09 Jan 2021
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Electric vehicles have emerged as one of the most promising technologies, and their mass introduction may pose threats to the electricity grid. Several solutions have been proposed in an attempt to overcome this challenge in order to ease the integration of electric vehicles. [...] Read more.
Electric vehicles have emerged as one of the most promising technologies, and their mass introduction may pose threats to the electricity grid. Several solutions have been proposed in an attempt to overcome this challenge in order to ease the integration of electric vehicles. A promising concept that can contribute to the proliferation of electric vehicles is the local electricity market. In this way, consumers and prosumers may transact electricity between peers at the local community level, reducing congestion, energy costs and the necessity of intermediary players such as retailers. Thus, this paper proposes an optimization model that simulates an electric energy market between prosumers and electric vehicles. An energy community with different types of prosumers is considered (household, commercial and industrial), and each of them is equipped with a photovoltaic panel and a battery system. This market is considered local because it takes place within a distribution grid and a local energy community. A mixed-integer linear programming model is proposed to solve the local energy transaction problem. The results suggest that our approach can provide a reduction between 1.6% to 3.5% in community energy costs. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electric Vehicles Integration and Control in Smart Grids)
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