Electric Transportation and Infrastructure
As electric transportation moves from the drawing boards to production of operating electric vehicles, battery technology must continue to advance, charging stations and infrastructure must be built, and the entire system must be integrated into the power grid. TVA is conducting research to make sure this transition is a success. Our research focuses on:
- developing technologies to make electric cars and their charging stations work together efficiently
- dealing with the impact of charging stations on the power grid
- finding ways, such as solar-assisted charging and distributed energy storage, to minimize demands on the grid
- refining power system control processes to maximize energy efficiency and take advantage of the environmental benefits of electric transportation
- developing smart charging strategies to help TVA and regional power distributors maximize the potential of electricity to replace petroleum as the transportation fuel of choice.
TVA is working with the Electric Power Research Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, local power distributors and regional stakeholders to develop fast, efficient stations where drivers can recharge their cars. We are also working with industry to research the recycling of car batteries to help meet demand placed on the power grid by the charging stations.