University of Ottawa

Project Summary Information

Project Title

SecCharge: Secure Electric Vehicle Ecosystem for Smart Grid

Amount Funded


Project Collaborator(s)

IBM Canada Limited

LDC Collaborator(s)

Hydro-Ottawa Limited


Ottawa, Ontario

Project Objective

The objective of this project is to develop innovative solutions to support a scalable, reliable, clean and secure Electric Vehicle (EV) ecosystem. Our solutions provide users with the essential tools to make well-informed decisions on charging and discharging EV batteries (EV is used generically to refer to electric-drive, plug-in electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles). Our solutions include an intelligent charging control and secure payment application, a vehicle-to-home/building (V2H/B) application interfacing home-based renewable generation and an en route re-charging assistant with an interactive map of charging stations to show vacancy and renewable energy supply options along with time-ahead reservation capabilities. Our solutions increase the reliability of Ontario’s grid, to help meet Ontario’s load shifting goals and address cyber-security issues at a high level. Once the project meets its goals, the technology will be commercialized through a startup company to be founded by the project team and the University of Ottawa.

Icharge, isupply, ireserve

Company Background

University of Ottawa is one of Canada’s top 10 universities for research. Research at the University of Ottawa is commercialized with the support of the university’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise Office (TTBE). TTBE’s mission is to increase the impact of research through partnerships, technology licensing and new company creation. Since 2005 TTBE has been involved in establishing more than 30 new ventures affiliated with University of Ottawa research, faculty and students. TTBE draws from its network of entrepreneurs and investors who are interested in supporting, mentoring and evaluating new commercialization opportunities.

Benefit(s) to Ontario Residents and Businesses

This project will allow intelligent control of a large-scale demand and as a result increase Ontario’s capabilities as a market player and place the province in a competitive position in the Eastern Interconnection energy market. Furthermore, Ontario will be home to innovative solutions and trained personnel to serve the need for a highly qualified work force in the smart grid area. The University of Ottawa expects sustainable direct job creation resulting from the deployment of the solution. Examples of future direct jobs are system architects, testers, technicians, software developers and engineers.

Project Collaborators

Hydro Ottawa Limited will: provide technical expertise to ensure project results are valuable to the utility and its customers; host the SecCharge platforms and develop mechanisms for EV tariffs and billing operations and provide essential input on interoperability with existing Smart Grid standards.

IBM Canada Limited will engage their teams of highly skilled engineers to advise and assist with software tools and provide hardware and/or software as needed for the execution of the project.

Project Status

The following are the major deliverable dates of the project:

  • Phase 1: System Engineering and Architecture (June 2014)
  • Deliverable 1.1 : User and System Requirements
  • Deliverable 1.2 : Architecture Component design
  • Deliverable 1.3 : Framework Implementation
  • Phase 2 : Communication and System Integration ( December 2015)
  • Deliverable 2.1: Implementation of en route charging assistant
  • Deliverable 2.3: Implementation of Secure Payment system
  • Deliverable 2.4: Implementation of charging/discharging coordination module
  • Phase 3 : System Testing ( March 2016)
  • Deliverable 3.1: Test case design
  • Deliverable 3.1: User acceptance test


Our solution provides a value added service for charging stations service providers. It allows for the increase of the charging stations utilization, which in turn generate additional revenue. The first prototype will be hosted on a suitable site where technology can be demonstrated and interested customers and companies can visit.

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