The SmartSTEP project is intended to demonstrate how the smart metering system can be used to set charging times and rates wherever EVs (electric vehicles) are parked and charging over a period of several hours – to use electricity when it is at its cheapest, such as overnight or when electricity is available from renewable energy sources, and to balance and protect the electricity distribution network.
SmartSTEP will help to determine long-term policy for EV smart charging, which requires an interoperable and cyber secure system to ensure consumer protection (including data privacy) and grid protection. By acting as an interface between the EV user and the grid, the smart meter system can provide this protection.
The project will develop and test an Electric Vehicle (EV) chargepoint device incorporating SMETS2 smart meter technology. The objective is to demonstrate an innovative use of the smart metering system - to perform EV smart charging in public settings, including on-street residential and shared parking.
Registered and officially accepted STEP Trial participants in Brent will automatically benefit from this new Smart capability.
Manufacture and trial of 100 devices are to take place in 2022.