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Volunteers Wanted for Electric Vehicle Project at the DEI

(15 January 2013)

Electric vehicle and DEI students

Researchers from the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) are looking for people who own or regularly use electric cars to be interviewed as part of a project looking into the prospect of homes producing their own power for household electric cars.

An article in the Journal by Tony Henderson (January 15) looks at the DEI project which will investigate the technical issues surrounding where and when people choose to charge their electric vehicles, and which micro-generation systems fit best with the demand from electric cars. The project involves a collaboration between Durham’s departments of engineering  and computing sciences and anthropology.

Researchers from the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) are looking for people who own or regularly use electric cars to be interviewed as part of a project looking into the prospect of homes producing their own power for household electric cars.

An article in the Journal by Tony Henderson (January 15) looks at the DEI project which will investigate the technical  issues surrounding where and when people choose to charge their electric vehicles, and which micro-generation systems fit best with the demand from  electric cars. The project involves a collaboration between Durham’s departments of engineering  and computing sciences and anthropology.

The North East has a network of electric car charging points thanks to initiatives like Charge your Car. Newer, fast-charging vehicles which take around only 30 minutes to restore their batteries make electric cars an increasingly viable option for local journeys.

But should electric cars become more common in a future transport system, demand for electricity from the National Grid will increase.

The DEI’s Dr Charlotte Adams said: “To meet increased demands without burning  more fossil fuels is challenging. However there are a range of currently  available domestic-scale renewable energy systems that produce electricity such  as solar photo-voltaic systems, roof-mounted wind turbines and combined heat and  power systems similar to a conventional domestic gas boiler, but which produce  electricity as well as heat"

“These micro-generators can be fitted to a house to help meet electricity  demands and through its Feed-in-Tariff scheme, the Government offers financial  benefits for people who use their homes as mini-power stations. Because the  greatest benefits of micro-generation systems are realised when the electricity  produced is used at the home, we’re investigating the relationship between  electric vehicles and micro-generators and whether the demands from electric  cars could be met by energy systems installed at the home.”

Read the full article at Journal Live http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/environment-news/2013/01/15/durham-energy-institute-looks-at-home-generators-for-electric-cars-61634-32598425/#ixzz2I3GxRZU9