Artificial intelligence to locate the recharge of electric vehicles

Researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have developed a tool based on artificial intelligence techniques that allows to know in which points of the cities are needed electric vehicle charging stations and where they will be more efficient in the future.

'Movindeci' allows analyzing the general state of transport and mobility in the city to make strategic decisions in these areas, all in a current scenario in Spain of about 1,700 public charging points for about 35,000 electric vehicles and an estimate of 80,000 in 2030 for the recharge of the estimated four million.

According to the information of the UPV, this new tool integrates an artificial intelligence algorithm that automatically evaluates possible locations of recharging stations and determines which is the most recommended based on a set of criteria that can be specified by the user.

Among these parameters is the density of the area, urban mobility, estimation of the time that the vehicles pass at a certain point, main economic activities of the area or the cost from the electrical point of view that would take the necessary energy from a substation to the recharge point.

Together with them, activity in social networks from each point of the city also comes into play, which offers "an approximate idea of ​​the terms in which people move around the city", explained Javier Palanca, researcher at the Information Technology Group - Artificial Intelligence of the UPV.

In the development of this tool have participated, in addition to the UPV, three companies: two Spanish (Global Energy Trading and Gecival) and one Peruvian (Green Energy).

The first version has been developed for the city of Valencia and the researchers are already working on another one for Lima (Peru), but it is applicable anywhere in the world.

"Our goal is to provide an intelligent system that facilitates the planning of the location of these recharging infrastructures, both in the short, medium and long term," said Vicente Julián, a researcher from the Computer Technology-Artificial Intelligence Group of the UPV. .

According to the data of the UPV, there are currently some 1,700 public recharging points in Spain for some 35,000 electric vehicles and it is estimated that it will be necessary to have a network of about 80,000 by 2030 to recharge the estimated four million.

This project is being co-financed by Global Energy Trading and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), within the Smart Growth Operating Program 2014-2020, with the aim of promoting research, technological development and innovation.


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