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Reference Number NIA_UKPN0063
Title Charge Collective
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies (Electricity transmission and distribution) 80%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research (Environmental, social and economic impacts) 20%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 10%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 August 2020
End Date 01 December 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £843,640
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_UKPN0063
Objectives This project will design and trial an intervention to enable investment in this area in a way that is fair to customers and addresses the high connection costs currently faced by chargepoint developers. Work Package 1: Engage and coordinate LAs and EV stakeholders to plan the roll out of community EV chargepoints, with the intention of delivering community charging at lowest possible network cost. The plan will aim to optimise the location of the chargepoints, taking into account their benefits (e.g. in terms of enabling EV take up and improving air quality), and the associated network costs. This will include a framework to decide where chargepoints should be installed, and the level of support payments required (both of which will be locally determined). The support payments would reduce upfront connection costs for investors, where necessary.In designing this approach and framework, consideration will be given to applicability and synergies with heat readiness strategies as well, including engaging with heat stakeholders where relevant and sharing learnings.Work Package 2: The project will design a method for taking the output of this framework and tendering support payments to chargepoint investors, aimed at reducing their upfront costs, where deemed appropriate. This method will have been road-tested with investors and will be ready to launch. The tendering and evaluation approach will be trialled, up to and including concluding the contract in relation to a given area. Installation of the chargepoints and the related network upgrade will be outside the scope of the project. Work Package 3: In order to investigate the opportunities for flexibility services from public charging infrastructure, a research study will be commissioned to explore this potential by e.g. analysis charging patterns and engaging with customers, with an opportunity to trial specific use cases if there is justification for them. Work Package 1 will deliver: (1.1) A framework and decision-making tool for developing a plan with the LA, and setting the appropriate commercial model (including determining when it is appropriate for the network to intervene), taking into account lessons learned; (1.2) A defined plan and rationale for chosen area(s); and (1.3) A cost benefit analysis of benefits of co-ordination, plus a SROI case. Work Package 2 will deliver: (2.1) The design of a discount regime for chosen area(s); (2.2) A methodology for tendering for discounts; (2.3) lessons learned from engagement with investor stakeholders; and (2.4) “Ready to go” tender documentation for selected trial area.Work Package 3 will deliver: (3.1) A report on the barriers and opportunities for flexibility services from public charging infrastructure; (3.2) A selection of use cases and commercial models for on-street flexibility services; and (3.3) An assessment of them through real world trial (3.2 and 3.3 subject to the outcome of 3.1). The aim of the project is to develop a framework to overcome barriers to investment in public charging infrastructure by reducing network costs and facilitating the efficient provision of upfront support to investors. The objective will include the: Engagement of LAs, chargepoint investors and other EV stakeholders to help design an effective intervention; Design of a methodology and framework for determining when network intervention is appropriate and for coordinating investment; Development of methodology for a coordinated plan for a specific area; Testing of network cost savings associated with the methodologys implementation; Design and road-testing of a tendering approach; Development of “ready to launch” tender docs (subject to the detailed CBA in (1.3) and successful testing of the tendering approach in (2.3); andGreater understanding of opportunities for flexibility from public charging infrastructure.
Abstract Low provision of public charging infrastructure has been identified as a significant barrier to growth of the domestic EV market. Charge Collective will look to develop a network solution, in collaboration with Local Authorities, that can cut through the market, coordination, social and upfront connection cost challenges that lead to underinvestment in public charging infrastructure.

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