The electrical grid is a large and established network delivering electricity from producers to consumers, and connection to it can be quite complex. DC fast-charging stations almost always require a connection to the electrical grid to provide their fast-charging service.
Connection to the electricity grid requires collaboration between a multitude of different stakeholders, as well as compliance with numerous laws and regulations. It is our hope that this article will better prepare you to begin assessing potential DC fast-charging sites for grid connectivity and, subsequently, acquiring a grid connection that suits your site’s specific needs so that you can begin turning a profit on your investment.
Scouting for grid connections requires an understanding of your site’s electricity requirements, competition for grid supply in the area, and the costs associated with establishing a connection across different landscapes, and at different distances to nearest substations.
Geographic information systems, charge point operator expertise, and online distribution network maps should be used in tandem to aid the search for a viable DC fast-charging station location. The process of subsequently connecting to the grid will look quite distinct depending on the location chosen.
Table of contents
- What is a grid connection?
- Expanding DC charging infrastructure
- Why DC fast charging infrastructure needs grid connections
- How are grid connections established?
- What to consider when procuring a grid connection for your DC fast-charging site
- How to get a grid connection
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