Priority Load Control for Dynamic WPT Roadway in Electrified Transportation Infrastructure


The transportation networks of today are evolving to allow electric vehicles (EVs) to actively charge while in-motion utilizing a system known as dynamic wireless power transfer (DWPT). As EVs become more readily available in sales markets, there is a growing concern that the additional electric load demand would cause instability within electrical power distribution systems. This paper proposes a priority load control (PLC) method to mitigate load demands. The proposed approach analyzes power demands, state-of-charge (SOC) of EVs, and voltage and phase angle fluctuations that are generated from a 10-mile DWPT roadway EV charging infrastructure, which is simulated using an IEEE 33-bus power distribution system. Test results demonstrate that a DWPT roadway utilizing 100% PLC would experience significant instability that could lead to undervoltages occurring within distribution grids. However, upon following the proposed approach, a 60% PLC was able to reduce peak load demands by approximately 46.2%, which allowed the distribution grids to have more stability margin.

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This publication pertains to:
Charging Stations
Publication Authors:
  • Travis Newbolt
  • Paras Mandal
  • Hongjie Wang
  • Regan Zane
It appeared in:
Peer-reviewed conference proceedings
Charging infrastructure, dynamic wireless power transfer, electrified transportation, load shedding, priority load control.