Improved Voltage Control of the Electric Vehicle Operating as UPS in Smart Homes

  • Vítor MonteiroEmail author
  • Joao P. S. Catalão
  • Tiago J. C. Sousa
  • J. G. Pinto
  • Marcello Mezaroba
  • João L. Afonso
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 269)


As a contribution for sustainability, electric vehicles (EVs) are seen as one of the most effective influences in the transport sector. As complement to the challenges that entails the EVs integration into the grid considering the bidirectional operation (grid-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid), there are new concepts associated with the EV operation integrating various benefits for smart homes. In this sense, this paper proposes an improved voltage control of the EV operating as uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in smart homes. With the EV plugged-in into the smart home, it can act as an off-line UPS protecting the electrical appliances from power grid outages. Throughout the paper, the foremost advantages of the proposed voltage control strategy are comprehensively emphasized, establishing a comparison with the classical approach. Aiming to offer a sinusoidal voltage for linear and nonlinear electrical appliances, a pulse-width modulation with a multi-loop control scheme is used. A Kalman filter is used for decreasing significantly the time of detecting power outages and, consequently, the transition for the UPS mode. The experimental validation was executed with a bidirectional charger containing a double stage power conversion (an ac-dc interfacing the grid-side and a dc-dc interfacing the batteries-side) and a digital stage. The computer simulations and the acquired experimental results validate the proposed strategy in different conditions of operation.


Electric vehicle Bidirectional converter Uninterruptible power supply Kalman filter Smart home 



This work has been supported by COMPETE: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007043 and FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia within the Project Scope: UID/CEC/00319/2013. This work is financed by the ERDF – European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Programme for Competitiveness and Internationalisation – COMPETE 2020 Programme, and by National Funds through the Portuguese funding agency, FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, within project SAICTPAC/0004/2015 – POCI – 01–0145–FEDER–016434. This work is part of the FCT project 0302836 NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-030283.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vítor Monteiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joao P. S. Catalão
    • 2
  • Tiago J. C. Sousa
    • 1
  • J. G. Pinto
    • 1
  • Marcello Mezaroba
    • 3
  • João L. Afonso
    • 1
  1. 1.ALGORITMI Research CentreUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  2. 2.INESC TEC and Faculty of Engineering of the University of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Santa Catarina State UniversityJoinvilleBrazil

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