SmartSTEP: smart charging trial enters new phase
Energy consultancy Element Energy is to lead a government-funded consortium to deliver new on-street charging infrastructure enabled by smart meters. The consortium includes Trojan Energy, Octopus Energy, and Landis+Gyr, a provider of energy management solutions.
The new project is part of the UK government’s existing efforts to fund a smart charging infrastructure. As part of its Beyond Off-Street programme, the UK’s Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently awarded £856,000 funding to the Smart Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (SmartSTEP) project. SmartSTEP aims to incorporate smart functionality to on-street charge points being developed by Trojan Energy.
The latter has been working on the STEP project (funded by OLEV) since August 2020. It will see 200 of Trojan’s hidden kerbside charge points deployed on streets in the London Boroughs of Brent and Camden from spring 2021.
SmartSTEP will involve upgrading 100 of these devices with Landis+Gyr’s smart meters. Element Energy will help determine the user experience for customers during the trial.
But only if Phase One succeeds which involves the design, development and testing of the system. In this phase, already underway, Trojan Energy are working alongside Landis+Gyr and Octopus Energy to develop an effective smart charging system.