Wednesday, 25 February 2009

IBM Joins Electric Car Project

IBM has announced that it has joined the EDISON (Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks) research consortium which is collaborating in the development of an intelligent infrastructure to allow the large scale adoption of electric vehicles.

The snappily titled, Denmark-based group comprises IBM, DONG Energy (Denmark's largest energy company), Oestkraft (the regional energy company), Technical University of Denmark, Siemens, Eurisco and the Danish Energy Association. The research will be partly funded by the Danish government.

Large-scale use of electric vehicles (and Denmark expects upwards of 10% of the country's vehicles will be electric or hybrid during the coming years) requires smart technologies to control charging and billing and to ensure the stability of the overall energy system.

Researchers will develop smart technologies that synchronise the charging of the electric vehicles with the availability of wind in the grid. The technologies will initially be tested on the Danish island of Bornholm, an island of 40,000 inhabitants which has a large proportion of power supplied by wind energy.

IBM has also contributed a hardware platform for large-scale real-time simulations of the energy system and the impact of electric vehicles.

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