Is your ins­tal­ler saying that the net­work can­not handle the peak load of char­ging stations ?

The capacity of the network is an important parameter. It is also a significant reason why installers and network operators advise against installing a

The Nether­lands, espe­cial­ly in the north, is strug­gling with grid conges­tion. Due to eco­no­mic growth, the demand for elec­tri­ci­ty trans­mis­sion is grea­ter than the grid can handle. As a result, new com­pa­nies can­not always esta­blish them­selves, or resi­den­tial areas are not connec­ted to the grid.

In these « pro­blem areas », ins­tal­lers are often reluc­tant to ins­tall char­ging sta­tions. They are afraid that the fuses will blow and loca­tions will be left without power because demand exceeds supply.

This doubt is unders­tan­dable. But rare­ly jus­ti­fied. Limi­ted capa­ci­ty does not have to be an obs­tacle to buil­ding a char­ging sta­tion. There are various solu­tions to tackle the challenge.

Smart char­ging network 

Allo­wing char­ging sta­tions to talk to each other 24/7 cal­cu­lates the avai­lable capa­ci­ty and dis­tri­butes it to the char­ging sta­tions in use. If a new car arrives, the power is redis­tri­bu­ted. This dyna­mic, intel­li­gent char­ging method is ideal­ly sui­ted to loca­tions where cars are par­ked for long per­iods, allo­wing enough time for bat­te­ry charging.

Slo­wer char­ging during peak hours

In loca­tions such as hotels and res­tau­rants, there are busy moments and less busy moments. Set­ting char­ging sta­tions so that there are fewer kW avai­lable during peak hours avoids cri­ti­cal peak loads while the cars conti­nue to charge and have enough power to drive seve­ral hun­dred kilo­metres after two hours.

Request more capacity

A thi­cker cable with more trans­port capa­ci­ty or a lar­ger trans­for­mer house are ways to get more power at loca­tions. These solu­tions are expen­sive, and the ques­tion is who will pay for them. A lar­ger trans­for­mer is usual­ly the res­pon­si­bi­li­ty of the site owner. There are also smar­ter solu­tions. For example, find out what cate­go­ry your elec­tri­ci­ty connec­tion falls into and whe­ther there is a pos­si­bi­li­ty of increa­sing the power within that cate­go­ry. If there is such a pos­si­bi­li­ty, the grid ope­ra­tor will have to adjust to rea­lise the capacity.

Tech­no­lo­gy makes a lot possible.

But « seeing oppor­tu­ni­ties » and « thin­king crea­ti­ve­ly » is at least as necessary.

Each loca­tion is dif­ferent and requires a spe­ci­fic solution.

Wha­te­ver the ins­tal­ler tells you, I’m willing to bet that your loca­tion can handle the peak load and that we can create an inno­va­tive char­ging station.

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