Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research

Adaptive Energy Management System (A-EMS)

Our electrical grid and the way people use energy are in a state of evolution, this is driven by factors such as:

  • Smart Grid initiatives to improve communication, control, and reliability
  • Proliferation of micro-grids, storage, and renewable energy sources
  • New consumer products and services that enable energy management
  • Transition and integration of electrified transportation
  • Aging infrastructure, sustainability, and environmental concerns

We are transitioning into an internet of things were people demand control over how their information and energy will be exchanged, stored, traded, and deployed. Our project into the development and demonstration of an Adaptive Energy Management System (A-EMS) tackles this need in an evolutionary manner. This system considers a micro-grid scenario with:

  • On-site storage, e.g., batteries, ultra-capacitors, flywheels, etc.
  • Solar and wind power
  • Critical, curtailable, and schedulable loads
  • Smart appliances/meters
  • Plug-in electrified vehicles
  • Multiple communication portals
  • On-the-fly access to latest weather/grid/market conditions

Partnering with utilities, the A-EMS is being designed and developed to be attractive for both consumers and energy providers. The A-EMS will reduce stress on the grid, save energy costs for the end-user, and provide reliable backup power. An advanced control strategy employing state-of-the-art algorithms in optimization, prediction, and robustness are unique aspects of this project. The A-EMS will do this automatically behind the scenes while taking into account user preferences and behavior, utility goals, and use of external information such as predictions of weather and grid status. The A-EMS will be applicable to multiple operating modes and scalable to different micro-grid sizes.