Dec 2020
Electricity Distribution
Temporary Event Charging
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Western Power Distribution
Ryan Huxtable
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Network Innovation Allowance
ED - Transition to low carbon future
Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies
£117,923.32
Temporary events, including festivals and sporting events, attract a large number of attendees each year, with a large proportion of these attendees needing to travel by car due to the limited travel infrastructure available in rural areas. As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) increases in line with government targets to decarbonise transport there will be a need for significant charging capacity at these events. Currently events provide limited charging points and existing charging methods include utilisation of diesel generation or making permanent network connections which is not economically viable for a short period of use.

This project will be a feasibility study consisting of designing solutions for charging EVs used to travel to events and assessing their feasibility for further trial and development. The study will consist of two work packages. The first of which will involve carrying out background research before defining case studies for development. The second will design and develop solutions to each case study and could include temporary network connections and battery storage. Cost benefit analysis (CBA) will be carried out to demonstrate the benefit of these solutions in comparison to traditional connection methods. The findings will be reported with recommendations made for a potential future trial.

The project will be primarily carried out by Connected Kerb. GHD will act as a technical advisor and WPD will provide input to ensure solutions are suitable for use on the distribution network.
This project is a feasibility study with the aim to improve knowledge on how to accommodate charging at temporary events, design solutions for charging at a range of events, determine the benefits of using temporary connections to achieve this and determine whether a demonstration project is appropriate.
  • Accommodates charging of EVs without the use of fossil fuel generation reducing carbon emissions.
  • Solutions can be applied to a range of events and other high charging demand areas e.g. tourist hot spots.
  • Estimated £66,000 saving per event when compared to traditional network connection cost.
  • Builds confidence in using EVs as a means of transport.