Electric Vehicles Creating a Decentralized Energy System

Electric vehicles are topic of duscussion in this European Utility Week 2013 interview with Anja van Niersen, General Manager, Mobility Services, Alliander
Published: Tue 26 Nov 2013

While there has been an enormous uptake of electric vehicles (EV’s) in the Netherlands, the market awaits a more cost-effective EV. This affordability process will take a while and so will the development of an infrastructure to support EVs.

Alliander Mobility Services has been created to develop this infrastructure, both locally in the Netherlands and regionally. The aim is that wherever the vehicle is parked, there will be an EV charging system. Development in Germany and Belgium are Alliander’s current focus. Alliander’s aim is to develop a wide network of charging facilities.

While an average EV consumes as much energy as a normal household, studies show that the current European infrastructure is able to handle EV charging until 2024 when EV numbers will be high. As the centralized grid begins to take strain, energy efficiency and independent energy production will become a major focus.

EV owners are generally interested in producing, consuming and storing their own energy and there will be a move from centralized grid power to decentralized production and consumption. Consumers will be able to master their own energy production, consumption and storage. To cope with this intermittency of resources, domestic storage capacity will need to be developed and must be made affordable for the average household. Domestic storage capacity is already getting cheaper and this will create a tipping point in the energy market.