Integrating Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure into Smart and Connected Communities

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Date: March 22, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Seminar


Morteza Nazari-Heris, Assistant Professor, Lawrence Technological University


Electric vehicles (EVs) that derive all or some of their momentum from an external electricity source are promising alternatives to conventional internal combustion engine vehicles and have gained significant attention in recent years. To help grow the EV market, robust and reliable EV charging infrastructures are needed that meet the needs of EV drivers and minimize the impact of EVs on local and regional electricity grids. The operation of energy systems in the presence of EVs needs a comprehensive model for managing electricity demand of driver's behavior. In this seminar, techno-economic-socio analysis of integrating EV charging infrastructure into smart and connected communities will be discussed. First, an intelligent approach will be presented for residential building load scheduling including shiftable loads considering EVs charging demand as a shiftable demand. Then, techno-economic-socio management of EV charging stations will be discussed with a standpoint of energy management tools, social equity access, and mobile charging stations for EV charging services. The main characteristic of this model is developing EV mobile charging stations accessibility measures and quantifying the equity impacts of EV mobile charging stations’ locations by modeling prioritized demand based on several indices as well as determining the optimal set-points of charging station components (i.e., combined heat and power, photovoltaic system, energy storage, and mobile charging stations) to manage electrical peak demand and to maximize the economic benefits of the charging station.


Dr. Morteza Nazari-Heris is an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence Technological University. Prior to joining Lawrence Tech, he worked as Graduate Research Assistant in Areas of National Need at the Pennsylvania State University and earned his Ph.D. degree specializing in energy systems. During his graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University, he performed projects on future, flexible, equitable, and robust networks of charging stations for high adoption of electric vehicles, application of machine learning and deep learning methods to energy systems, and sustainable design of buildings with renewable energy sources and energy storage facilities. He has also obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tabriz, where he worked on design and performance analysis of zero energy building, residential load energy management, and multi-carrier energy systems. Dr. Nazari-Heris has an academic background in the techno-economic-socio analysis of critical infrastructure including the transportation system sector and energy sector, life-cycle analysis, and research. During his time as Assistant Professor and Research Assistant in the past 11 years, he has delivered 3 research projects, and to date, he has 56 technical journal publications, 27 conference proceedings, and 27 book chapters in his academic records. Dr. Nazari-Heris is an expert in transportation electrification, and energy systems with a focus on developing tools for the intelligent, sustainable, and resilient transportation system sector and energy sector, infrastructure systems, communities, and cities. His main areas of interest are energy system operation, energy management, sustainability, zero-energy Buildings, transportation electrification, electric vehicles, microgrids, multi-carrier energy systems, renewables, and energy storage technologies.

Virtual event:

Online: Zoom link

March 2023