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Indian Technology firm gets provincial funding to build vehicle charging system

Tech Mahindra Ltd. will develop an electric vehicle charging station that "queues" charging to prevent overloading transformers



Ottawa—Tech Mahindra Ltd., a digital networking company based in Mumbai, India, has received funding from the Ministry of Energy and the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative to build an Intelligent Electric Vehicle Charging System (IEVCS).

The project will analyze the effects of electric vehicle (EV) charging on transformers by creating a real time transformer monitoring and analytics solution. The real time monitoring of transformers will help the system automatically manage charging between vehicles to ensure the transformers do not overload as a result of EV charging.

This innovation will use cutting edge techniques in data sciences and embedded systems for the smart grid industry. The highly customizable and scalable platform is set to help utilities reduce their total operating cost.

This system will manage the load profiles of EV’s by “queuing” their charging to prevent transformer overloading, while keeping participants’ information private.

“We are excited to have the Ministry of Energy sponsor our project through the Ontario Smart Grid Fund initiative and believe that over the next two years, our technologies will have done its part to build a smarter grid in Ontario through our IEVCS infrastructure,” says Sirisha Voruganti, Global Head of Innovation for Tech Mahindra.

“Ontario is committed to supporting leading-edge smart grid projects in the province that create jobs and secure Ontario’s position as a North American leader in emerging energy technologies. We are confident this project will not only enhance Ontario’s smart grid, but also enable Tech Mahindra to take an Ontario-based solution global,” said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy.

Tech Mahindra is a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering solutions that posted revenue about $3.1 billion in the 2014 fiscal year.

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