Due to increasing carbon footprint in the atmosphere and limited availability of fossil fuels, we need to rapidly move towards the heavy use of (1) clean and renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) and (2) electric vehicles (EVs) for transportation. However, due to the inherent volatility in power production from renewables and power consumption from multi-slot EV charging stations, integrating a large number of these resources in our existing electric distribution grids may lead to the problems of line congestions and over- and under- voltage. So, the immediate challenge in front of us is to tackle these problems.
In another blog post , we have emphasized the need for a grid autopilot system to avoid the costly grid refurbishment. Sure, we need to have new such technologies to support this large-scale integration of renewables and EV charging stations. But is that enough? I would say we need more efforts (compared to what we are currently doing) in terms of awareness and incentives for people. These efforts should be done by all of us collectively: citizens, governments, businesses, etc.