Revolutionary EV charging technology ensures grid stability

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【Summary】Monta has launched a new charging solution called PowerBank, which detects grid imbalances and briefly pauses EV charging to prevent power blackouts. By connecting multiple charge points to the grid system, PowerBank helps distribute power and stabilize the grid. The solution has already undergone successful testing in Denmark and Sweden, aggregating electricity demand and demonstrating its potential during peak usage.

FutureCar Staff    Nov 09, 2023 10:17 PM PT
Revolutionary EV charging technology ensures grid stability

A revolutionary charging solution called PowerBank has been introduced by EV charging platform Monta. PowerBank is designed to detect grid imbalances and temporarily pause EV charging sessions, thereby helping to prevent power blackouts. By connecting multiple charge points to the grid system, Monta can manage charging activities and stabilize the grid by adjusting to grid imbalances. This innovative solution aims to distribute power and alleviate strain caused by fluctuating electricity production and consumption.

PowerBank has already undergone a successful Beta test program in Denmark and Sweden, where it aggregated an average of 3 megawatts (MW) of electricity demand at night, equivalent to 2,250 households. On some nights, this number rose to 10 MW, enough to power approximately 6,000 households. This demonstrates the grid-stabilizing potential of PowerBank during peak demand.

Monta sees PowerBank as the first step towards a more sustainable and stable power grid. Alok Dubey, the regional director for Western Europe, stated that Monta is committed to making home-based EV charging more sustainable and aims to future-proof the EV ecosystem. With the increasing volatility and unpredictability in electricity generation and consumption, the risk of blackouts and outages is a real concern. PowerBank aims to bolster existing infrastructure and enable charge point owners to actively safeguard their communities against blackouts.

Initially, PowerBank will be available for Monta's fleet and private customers in Ireland, with plans to launch in the UK starting from December 2023. Users of PowerBank will earn Monta credits for each kilowatt-hour charged, which can be used for various purposes within the Monta ecosystem. Monta predicts that by 2030, there will be 10 million EV cars on UK roads, accounting for approximately 30% of all cars. Therefore, the implementation of a robust charge point infrastructure, supported by tools like PowerBank, is crucial to ensure the resilience of the existing infrastructure.

In addition to PowerBank, Monta has also introduced the intelligent Virtual SolarCharging feature, which allows EV homeowners to generate their own electricity and reduce their dependence on the National Grid. This feature not only provides cost savings but also contributes to a more sustainable energy system.

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