A University of South Carolina Upstate professor is working to make sure the country’s power grid can handle the growing popularity of electric cars.
Ona Egbue, assistant professor of engineering technology management at USC Upstate, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for $363,000 for a three-year project called “An Integrated Framework for the Optimal Control of Vehicle-to-Grid Systems.”
“The problem arises when there is a connection of a large number of electric vehicles to the electric grid” Egbue said in a statement. “As an example, think of a large electric vehicle parking lot: If the lot is full and every car is charging, this could present some challenges in terms of how to manage this increased electricity demand. However, if managed well, this scenario can present opportunities, particularly in a smart grid.”
Egbue said additional car batteries requiring charges could act as energy storage sources for power grids.
The grant award started on Sept. 15 and will last through Aug. 31, 2020. Egbue will work with a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth for the duration of the project.