IBM and EKZ demonstrate smartphone app to balance power supply

IBM Research and Swiss electric utility EKZ have joined forces to enable energy cost monitoring and electric vehicle (EV) charging remotely via smartphones.

The companies say that the near real-time information will also help utility providers better manage power grid loads during peak charging times, which will become increasingly challenging as EV adoption increases.

The pilot scheme involves a web-based app developed by IBM and a data recording device created at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The app was designed to run on most smartphones, tablets and web browsers.

Peter Franken, head of the Energy Distribution department of EKZ, said: “Electric vehicles can be used to buffer the irregular production of electricity from future renewable sources, which will contribute to the overall stability of the electrical network. With this project, we can show how electric vehicles can create a balance between supply and demand for smarter energy grids.”

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