EVs@Scale Lab Consortium High-Power Charging Pillar Deep-Dive Technical Meeting

John Kisacikoglu, Keith Davidson, Landon Wells, Alastair Thurlbeck, Prasad Kandula, Steven Campbell, Rafal Wojda, Jonathan Harter, Christian Boone, Madhu Chinthavali, Akram Ali, Emin Ucer

Research output: NRELPresentation


Managed under the the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded EVs@Scale Consortium, the High-Power Electric Vehicle Charging Hub Integration Platform (eCHIP) project aims to create an experimental platform for integration and control approaches in a direct current (DC), distribution-based high-power charging (HPC) system. The eCHIP project addresses the crucial need to design and validate efficient, low-cost, reliable, and interoperable solutions for a DC-coupled charging hub ("DC hub" for short). This report explains the design, development, and implementation process of an experimental platform for the DC hub. DC distribution holds significant potential for enhancing the operation of an HPC station architecture. However, there are challenges in establishing a DC hub, including interoperability, commoditization, distributed energy resource integration, stability, DC protection, and a lack of common system-level controllers. To address these challenges, a testing setup is required that accommodates commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, as well as novel, in-house designed solutions, to evaluate different use cases at rated power and voltage levels. The developed proof-of-concept charging platform and open-source SEMS allow the development and testing of various controllers and chargers from different vendors. The DC hub platform integrated EVs, an ESS, a PV system, and building load to demonstrate the flexibility of the platform. The open-source SEMS controlled the devices within the hub using a rule-based implementation, realizing available standards.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages101
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the EVs@Scale Lab Consortium High-Power Charging Pillar Deep-Dive Technical Meeting, 7 November 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5400-89136


  • distribution
  • eCHIP
  • high power charging
  • hub
  • platform
  • voltage


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