Element Energy is set to lead a consortium to deliver new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, enabled by smart meters to integrate with the existing network.
On 24 November, it confirmed that as part of its Beyond Off Street programme, BEIS had recently awarded £856,000 funding through its Energy Innovation Programme to the Smart Subsurface Technology for Electric Pathways (SmartSTEP) project. It will mark the first demonstration of smart charging in shared parking spaces on residential streets, with the trial involving charge points slotted into the pavement to provide access to charging for those who do not have driveways or garages.
SmartSTEP will be split into two phases, with the first already underway, involving the design, development and testing of the system. Trojan Energy is working with Landis+Gyr and Octopus Energy to develop an effective smart charging system. If successful, it will lead into a second phase where the smart charging system will be trialled.
The project builds on the STEP project, which is to see 200 of Trojan’s charge points deployed in London from spring 2021. SmartSTEP will see 100 of these devices upgraded with Landis+Gyr’s SMETS2 smart meters. A key thing the project will be looking to assess is the user experience for customers during the trial.