SMARTset and Socomec combine to supercharge UPS Electric Delivery Plans

Founded in 1907, UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialised transportation and logistics services. With 2017 revenues of $66 billion, UPS supports clients in over 200 countries and employs over 434,000 people. With a central London depot inside the low emission and planned ultra-low emission zones UPS plan to expand their electric fleet to cut costs and improve the quality of London’s air.

The challenge

Charging 118 electric vehicles every night on the grid would have exceeded the capacity of their existing supply.

Increasing the capacity of the local substation was too expensive and would have taken too long to be feasible. UPS needed an alternative solution that could quickly optimise the existing supply to deliver all the power required.

The solution

In partnership with Offgrid Energy and UK Power Networks Services, SMARTset software was installed to provide an Energy Management System (EMS) integrated with a Socomec multi-function Battery Energy Storage System (BESS); SUNSYS PCS².

This smart management system delivers dynamic control of individual vehicle charging points to optimise the limited capacity grid supply.

The integrated SMARTset and SUNSYS PCS² solution provides a smart charging system that dynamically controls the charging of connected vehicles according to their needs based on planned routes and battery levels. SMARTset limits the peak load on the network and integrates with SUNSYS PCS² which monitors the depot load, through remote measurement at the substation, and makes stored energy available to the depot to cover any deficit in grid supply.

In addition SMARTset ensures that SUNSYS PCS² is able to generate income through Demand Side Response services, feeding electricity back to the National Grid.

The result

SMARTset EMS software monitors both the grid supply and the site demand as well as automating control of on-site batteries to optimise charging, maximise the available energy and reduce energy costs.

It also removes the requirement for a new electrical substation, making it faster and cheaper for UPS to increase the size of their Electric Vehicle fleet, cutting running costs and reducing the level of emissions in the capital.

The solution was funded by Innovate UK to provide a proof of concept solution ready to be rolled out across the whole fleet.