The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) opened its Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center, located at Illinois’s Argonne National Laboratory. The lab’s work is meant to ensure the effectiveness and compatibility of electric vehicles (EVs), charging systems and the U.S. electric grid of the future.
The opening of the center is part of an ongoing effort to ensure compatibility between electric vehicles and the smart grid, and to bridge existing gaps between U.S. and European standardization approaches in this area.
The center, which is expected to draw on the Argonne National Laboratory’s work on EVs and battery technology, will focus on creating requirements, test procedures, communication protocols, standards and other documents related to EVs, EV supply equipment and related connectivity technologies, while also pinpointing relevant private-sector standards and technology gaps.
The center is expected to share test procedures and standards with two under-development European Commission Joint Research Centre facilities in Italy and the Netherlands, which are scheduled to open in 2014.