Nottingham selects IoT platform for Clean Mobil Energy project


England’s City of Nottingham has selected OpenRemote to optimise its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

OpenRemote is providing its open-source IoT platform to help Nottingham to develop an intelligent energy management system for the city’s Clean Mobil Energy project, a European funded project focussed on integrating renewable energy and electric vehicles.

The data management solution will control the distribution of power between all system components, including a fleet of EVs, battery storage and solar power.

The city’s energy managers will make use of an energy dashboard to monitor and maximise the use of locally produced renewable energy and cut carbon emissions and costs associated with charging EVs.

A mobile app will enable the energy managers to evaluate the system performance on the go. They are notified by the system in the event of malfunction or uncommon behaviour, enabling them to take immediate corrective action.

To manage the fleet of EVs, the iEMS can establish optimum charging schedules for EVs based on desired parameters such as lowest cost or highest share of renewable energy. EVs are charged to their minimum mileage or beyond the minimum mileage at times of surplus green electricity or low electricity tariffs.

Nottingham City’s pilot site at the Eastcroft Depot will combine three main elements: solar panels to generate electricity, a large lithium-Ion battery for energy storage, and a fleet of 40 EVs.

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Pierre Kil, CEO of OpenRemote, said: “Energy management requires monitoring and controlling energy generation, energy consumption, and short-term storage systems to strive for maximum financial benefits or carbon savings.

With an open-source IoT platform you can connect all assets regardless of brand and protocol. OpenRemote’s advanced IoT capabilities ensure smart optimization to meet set targets. The system forecasts solar power generation, consumption and electricity pricing for the upcoming 24 hours to define the optimal charging and discharging cycles for the EV batteries. The optimization reduces withdrawals from the main electricity supply grid and maximizes use of locally produced energy.”

Laura Chippendale, Energy Projects Manager for Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham has set the UK’s most ambitious carbon neutral target and we are leading the way when it comes to green transport.

“Our aim is to maximise the use of locally generated renewable energy and cut carbon emissions. Thanks to OpenRemote’s advanced IoT solution, the city’s fleet of electric vehicles can be charged with 100% renewable energy offered at an optimum price. The iEMS will increase the economic value of renewable energy and significantly reduce CO2 emissions.”