Electric Vehicles and the Grid: International developments in sustainable energy and transport

Electric Vehicles and the Grid: International developments in sustainable energy and transport

Significant synergies between electrified transport and electricity generation and supply systems that have been recognised for 20 years or more are now being realised in many trials around the world.

This presentation will review international developments in grid integration of electric vehicles. Whilst electric vehicles present some challenges through increased demand, and other challenges inherent in providing both transport and energy services from a single platform, electric vehicles can also have a significant positive impact on the electricity grid, e.g. in providing storage for peak management and for managing the increasing proportion of renewable and distributed generation entering the system. The desirable attributes of a future grid incorporating electric vehicles will also be discussed.


Graham Town is an electrical engineer with 8 years experience in the Australian electronics industry (AWA Pty Ltd), and 30 years experience in engineering education and research. He received a BE (Hons 1) in Electrical Engineering from NSWIT (now UTS) in 1984, a PhD in medical imaging from the University of Sydney in 1992, and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (Higher Education) from Macquarie University in 2007.

Graham is currently an Honorary Professor with the School of Engineering at Macquarie University, where he established Macquarie University's undergraduate engineering program, first offered in 2004. His research and teaching have been in diverse areas including medical imaging, optical fibre communications and sensing technology, and engineering education. Since 2012 he has been focussing on industry-supported research on energy conversion and management, including solar-powered waste-to-energy conversion, compact and efficient power electronic converters and inverters, and future-grids with a focus on energy management and grid integration of electric vehicles.

Graham is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Event Details

Tuesday 14 July 2020

3pm - 4pm AWST | 1pm - 2pm AEST | 1.30pm - 2.30pm ACST


Online webinar


EESA members: $0
EA members: $20
Non-members: $30


The Western Australia chapter of the Electric Energy Society of Australia.

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