In June, ESCOIA co-founder Bjørn Utgård participated in the world's leading conference and industry fair on Electric Vehicles, EVS29, in Montreal, Canada. The goal was to exchange experiences with the world's leading experts on the emerging electrical transportation industry.
The conference was inaugurated by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard (pictured), who last year launched a CAD 420 million vehicle electrification plan for the province. The goal is to put 100,000 EVs on the road by 2020, and the government is aiming for 785 public charging stations and 60 fast chargers by the end of 2016.
Through the project "Improving the conditions for distributed energy in Costa Rica", ESCOIA and its project partners are developing four Costa Rican innovation proposals. One of these, which is described in the upcoming final report, is smart vehicle charging.
Electric vehicles charge their batteries by connecting to the electricity system, at home, at work, at public chargers around town or along the highway. Smart vehicle charging means intelligently managing how and when the charging happens, so as to minimize the cost of electricity and the need for reinforcing the grid and running expensive back-up power plants. This benefits not just the vehicle owner, but all energy consumers through avoided grid costs. Not to mention the avoided health and climate impacts from fossil fuel emissions.
An interesting finding from EVS29 is that although Costa Rica still has very few EVs, the impact on vehicle charging on the grid will be felt with much fewer vehicles than for Quebec. While the peak power demand of Quebec, with 8.2 million people, is 44 gigawatts (GW), Costa Rica's peak in 2015 was just 1.6 GW. (The primary reasons are that Quebec uses electricity for heating during cold Canadian winters and that it has a large power-intensive process industry).
What this means is that Costa Rica, whose electricity system is powered almost exclusively by renewable energy, has a golden opportunity for developing and demonstrating smart vehicle charging solutions - while also reducing its reliance on imported fuels, meeting its climate targets and improving the air quality for its citizens.
The upcoming report will give more details, and we are working on the follow-up.
ESCOIA through our expert and co-founder Esteban Bermúdez Forn who presented a poster presentation at the Energy Systems Conference 2016 in London, UK. The event was organised by Elsevier and the Energy Institute. The title of the presentation was: "Ambitious climate targets require smart distributed energy resources – a Costa Rican perspective".
ESCOIA together with its partners from Costa Rica Limpia and the Centre for Urban Sustainability were invited by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to present the findings of their project: "Improving the conditions for Distributed Energy in Costa Rica" last April 7th, 2016. The presentation consisted on concise innovation proposals on distributed energy which were shared and discussed with ICE's staff. Find below a copy of the event's programme (in Spanish):
ESCOIA together with its partners from Costa Rica Limpia and the Centre for Urban Sustainability presented the findings of their project: "Improving the conditions for Distributed Energy in Costa Rica" at the 2016 Science and Innovation Fair. The event was organised by the British Embassy in Costa Rica and took place last March 18th in the conference hall from Veritas University.
Our founding partner, Bjørn Utgård, was a speaker at the "EU-LAC highway for Nano and Biotechnologies Based Business Opportunities" organised by the ELAN Network Event on November 23-25, 2015 in San José, Costa Rica.
Bjørn presented our company's successful experiences with regard to pineapple biorefining as part of an event focused on "Public and Private Partnerships Event: Possibilities of public-private cooperation to strengthen SMEs".
Click here to read more on the project that was presented.