Impact of peak electricity demand in distribution grids: a stress test

Gerwin Hoogsteen, Albert Molderink, Johann L. Hurink, Gerardus Johannes Maria Smit, Friso Schuring, Ben Kootstra

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The number of (hybrid) electric vehicles is growing, leading to a higher demand for electricity in distribution grids. To investigate the effects of the expected peak demand on distribution grids, a stress test with 15 electric vehicles in a single street is conducted and described in this paper. The test is conducted in a neighbourhood where both transformers and households are equipped with measurement devices. A significant maximum power consumption increase (more than double) is observed at one transformer when both the electric vehicles and domestic loads stress the network. The observed voltage drop in the network is 17V. Analysis further shows that the hosting capacity is around 15%–20% for the investigated networks and that under voltage is unlikely to occur. The measurements are compared to a simulation and the results show that the simulations predict the actual measurement accurately.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationIEEE PowerTech, 2015
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherIEEE Power & Energy Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)not assigned
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2015
EventIEEE PowerTech 2015 - Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Jun 20152 Jul 2015

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PublisherIEEE Power & Energy Society


ConferenceIEEE PowerTech 2015


  • EWI-26258
  • Voltage measurement
  • Stress
  • power distribution
  • Phase measurement
  • Oil insulation
  • METIS-312710
  • Power measurement
  • Power quality
  • Demand Side Management
  • Load modeling
  • Electric vehicles
  • IR-97049
  • Power demand

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