Efacec Electric Mobility is a company affiliated with the Efacec Power Solutions Group (Efacec Group), the largest Portuguese group in the electromechanical area. The Efacec Group has a global footprint on more tan 65 countries, employing more than 2330 persons, being around 200 of them full time in Research, Development and Innovation activities.
The Electric Mobility, leading Efacec participation in this project, is a worldwide manufacturer of Electric Vehicle charging solutions with many International references under operation in almost 50 countries, and offering a complete portfolio of Private, Public, Quick, Ultra-Fast and Wireless electric vehicle chargers.
Efacec Electric Mobility mission is to develop safe and clean energy solutions for the electric mobility market, being this INSULAE project a highly relevant context to pursue that mission.
The Efacec participation in this project will be led by Efacec Electric Mobility and supported by one other Efacec Power Solutions affiliated company denominated Efacec Energia, namely by its Power Systems Automation Business Unit (as a linked 3rd party). The Power Systems Automation Business Unit focuses its core business on solutions for Power Networks Management and Automation, as well as on Smart Grid systems, based on a philosophy of innovation and differentiation with a strong integration capability of diversified technological competences.
Nowadays, this BU has a vast portfolio of solutions that include distribution / transmission network management systems (SCADA/DMS/EMS), integrated substation command, control and protection systems, distribution automation, generation, power plants management systems (SCADA/EMS), renewable energy power plants dispatching, hydroelectric power plant automation, wind farms power plant automation, as well as a relevant portfolio for smart grids, including smart meters, data concentrators and advanced management and communication systems.
The contribution of Efacec to INSULAE project involves demonstrating solutions in the lighthouse island of Madeira (Portugal) namely in a Low-Voltage AC Micro Grid in a rural area of the island. Efacec contribution comprises:
The development and deployment of Smart Charging solutions for EVs
Efacec has been developing related products on this area since 2011 (supporting examples in the optional area of the form below). Efacec solutions go well beyond the ON/OFF control and already include smart charging functionalities. In this project Efacec would be interested in co-developing this further to enable functionalities for ancillary services and grid support. Here is a list of functionalities to be co-developed and demonstrated in this project:
- Load balancing between charging stations;
- Dynamic charging profile scheduling for grid constraints avoidance (over- and undervoltages
- and overloads); Dynamic control of geographically and electrically/topologically related charging stations to defer investment on grid or transformer capacity;
- Grid frequency regulation (coordination with AGC and with fast response controls);
- Voltage support and regulation.
The development and deployment of V2G charging solutions
in a cooperation with CIRCE:
- Deployment of multiple DC chargers up to 10kW each;
- With three- or single-phase connections
- Compatible with two interface protocols: CHAdeMO V2H and IEC15118 (CCS2.0)
- Standardized open interfaces with the management platform based on OCPP1.6 or 2.0 and IEC61850.
An Advanced Distribution Management System with a smart monitoring and control of LV Micro Grids.
Innovative functional modules, namely a Micro Grid Management System (MGMS), is to be integrated within the Advanced Distribution Management System for LV (ADMS-LV) networks. TOPIC: LC-SC3-ES-4-2018-2020 Proposal for an Innovation Action – INSULAE 129.
The customization and deployment of a grid-connected Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)
As an additional capacity of primary frequency control. Innovative energy storage solutions based on batteries, and advanced control and management functionalities will be developed.
Main task and responsibilities:
As above referred, the Efacec participation in this project will be led by Efacec Electric Mobility and supported by one other Efacec Power Solutions affiliated company denominated Efacec Energia, namely by its Power Systems Automation Business Unit (as a linked 3rd party).
The EFACEC Electric Mobility will develop, supply and deploy the infrastructure needed in the lighthouse island of Madeira. The Power Systems Automation Business Unit will customize and develop all the software layers needed for the smart EV Chargers and for the V2X capabilities.
For the demonstration of the Battery Energy Storage system in Madeira, the Power Systems Automation Business Unit will supply the Battery Inverter, integrate batteries and develop the Energy Storage Controller needed to demonstrate a Battery Energy Storage System, which is expected to be relevant in an isolated system with a strong integration of intermittent renewable sources.