The UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC), with address of 44-120 Engr. IV Building, 420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA. 90095, agrees to collaborate with JML Electric, acting as Lead Applicant, with address of 11-1155 North Service Rd, Oakville, ON L6M 3E3, Canada to construct and demonstrate a system of EV changing stations for use in parking lots, to be referred to as the “Project.”
SMERC performs research, creates innovations, and, demonstrates advanced wireless/communications, Internet and sense-and-control technologies to enable the development of the next generation of the electric utility grid – The Smart Grid. SMERC also provides thought leadership via partnership between utilities, government, policy makers, technology providers, electric vehicle and electric appliance manufacturers, DOE research labs and universities, so as to collectively work on vision, planning and execution towards a smart grid of the future. The Smart Grid of the future would allow integration of renewable energy sources, reduce losses, improve efficiencies, increase grid flexibility, reduce power outages, allow for competitive electricity pricing, allow for integration of electric vehicles and overall become more responsive to market, consumer and societal needs. SMERC is currently working on the topics of Automated Demand Response, Electric Vehicle Integration (G2V and V2G), Microgrids, Distributed and renewable integration, and Cybersecurity.
The Project is understood to include other collaborators and suppliers working together under the Lead Applicant,” to integrate EV chargers, solar panels, communications modems and networks to create a full system demonstration project with a maximum project lifetime of 2 years. Costs incurred are eligible until March 31, 2016, as defined under the SGF guidelines.