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Electric car demand grows – can the power grid hold up?

With the number of electric cars on our roads rising, the power grid must be able to meet the growing demand. The doctoral dissertation of MSc (Tech) Antti Rautiainen examines electric vehicles and demand response in a smart grid context.

Electric cars have the potential to reduce CO2 emissions, air pollution, our dependency on fossil fuels, and traffic noise, especially in urban areas. However, they come with a higher price tag than conventional cars, and the battery is the single most expensive component. In addition, their range remains limited.

“Fully electric cars can typically travel no more than a couple of hundred kilometres on a single charge. They also take quite long to recharge,” Antti Rautiainen says

Rautiainen’s dissertation focuses on two parts of the energy system: the electrical energy system and the energy system of road transportation. A future “smart” electrical energy system includes the flexibility of electricity demand, i.e. demand response (DR), enabled by different types of incentives and offering many potential advantages. A future road transportation system can include a significant number of electric vehicles (full electric vehicles – full EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – PHEVs) as part of the vehicle fleet. These vehicles could also participate in the operation of an electrical power system.

Public defence of a doctoral dissertation on Friday, 6 November 2015

The doctoral dissertation of MSc (Tech) Antti Rautiainen titled “Aspects of Electric Vehicles and Demand Response in Electricity Grids” will be publicly examined at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in room S2 in the Sähkötalo building (address:Korkeakoulunkatu 3, Tampere, Finland) on Friday, 6 November 2015 at 12:00.

The opponents will be Emeritus Professor Seppo Kärkkäinen and DTech Jouni Pylvänäinen. Professor Pertti Järventausta of TUT will act as Chairman.

Antti Rautiainen (33) lives in Kontiolahti, Finland, and works as a researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering of TUT.

The dissertation is available online at:

Further information: Antti Rautiainen, tel. +358 40 849 0916,

News submitted by: Anna Naukkarinen
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