First three months with ECOtality in Phoenix – my 5th quarterly report

Please find linked here my fifth quarterly report for the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship for the period of 5th November 2012 – 3rd February 2013 during my employment with ECOtality North America in the United States of America.

During the first three months of my placement with ECOtality, I have been working as a Ground Energy Storage Engineer as part of the Engineering team based in Phoenix, Arizona.

ECOtality North America is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, and provides Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and services for Residential, Commercial and Industrial applications.  ECOtality has also designed and currently manages the world’s largest EV infrastructure demonstration – The EV Project.

The key work I have carried out during this quarter has included researching the USA electricity ancillary services and demand response markets/programs, so as to work towards producing a report outlining the technical/economical requirements and opportunities for ECOtality to participate in these markets/programs.

In addition I have been investigating the concept of energy storage system assisted electric vehicle DC fast charging units, so as to work towards writing an engineering white paper on how and where to deploy such a system.

Given the confidential nature of much of the work I have undertaken, I have had to omit certain details of some developments that are of commercial significance to ECOtality.

I would welcome any feedback and advice from the committee and all interested parties regarding this report or my proposed goals for the next quarter, which will be my final quarter on the ES Cornwall Memorial Industry Scholarship.