Nissan and ENEL announce V2G system, launch smart grid trials in Europe

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At the 21 st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system which will allow drivers to operate as individual energy hubs with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid.

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Parker Project demonstrates cross-brand V2G in Denmark; more tests of grid services slated

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The Parker Project has used a fleet of four vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe and Nissan to demonstrate that vehicles from different car brands can contribute to supporting the electricity grid with vehicle to grid (V2G) services.

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DOE releases report from 6 projects evaluating EV charging impacts on grid and customer charging behaviors

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Charging patterns with (TOU) and without (RES) whole house time-of-use rate during summer weekdays at Progress Energy, one of the participating utilities. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report detailing the findings from six utilities which evaluated operations and customer charging behaviors for in-home and public electric vehicle charging stations. Major findings were grouped in three categories: charging behavior; grid impacts; and technology issues.

Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, has acquired California-based eMotorWerks, a North American supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, called JuiceBox, and owner and operator of JuiceNet, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the smart management of EV charging and other distributed energy storage facilities. Electric vehicles have the potential to be one of the most disruptive technologies the modern electricity grid has faced in the last one hundred years.

Danish Parker project developing universal definition for EV integration with electric grid for V2G services

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Nissan, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe, NUVVE, Frederiksberg Forsyning, Enel, Insero and DTU (Technical University of Denmark) Electrical Engineering (PowerLabDK) are partnering in the Danish project Parker to develop a universal definition for grid integration for electric vehicles. Grid readiness certificate: Parker will specify the technical parameters (grid keys) needed by electric vehicles to provide power and energy services to the grid.

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BMW, Mercedes to offer wireless-charging options for plug-in hybrids next year

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Every one of the modern electric cars on the market for almost seven years requires plugging in a cord to recharge the battery using grid electricity. Inserting the cord into the socket takes just a few seconds, and most cars today are charged overnight.

New EU/US lab for interoperability of e-vehicles and smart grids

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Following the Transatlantic Economic Council’s decision to promote electric vehicles and smart grid interoperability, on 29 October the European Commission inaugurated the European Interoperability Centre, a laboratory operated by the JRC. Smart grids and electric vehicles are rapidly evolving, but we have not yet harnessed their full potential. Electric (Battery) Europe Regulations Smart Grid Standards

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Battelle introduces Grid Command Distribution services and software for rapid modeling of smart grid distribution circuits

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Screen shot of a Grid Command Distribution “heatmap” analysis for a neighborhood. Battelle recently unveiled its new Grid Command Distribution services and software for utilities. Battelle staff developed the new Grid Command Distribution software internally as part of its work over the past two years as part of an ongoing smart grid demonstration project in Ohio: AEP Ohio’s gridSMART program, sponsored by the DOE. Simulation Smart charging Smart Grid

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Australian Smart Grid demand management project shows EV drivers could halve charging costs

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In Australia, as part of the Victorian Government’s Electric Vehicle Trial ( earlier post ), DiUS Computing delivered a demand management demonstration project using Victoria’s Smart Grid. The results of the project, released this week in a project report available via the DiUS website , showed that drivers could save around $250 each year—about 50% of their charging costs—just by using grid-friendly smart charging technology.

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Hawaii study finds vehicle-to-grid discharge detrimental to EV batteries

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Results of a study by a team at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa, suggest that the additional cycling to discharge vehicle batteries to the power grid in a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) scenario, even at constant power, is detrimental to EV battery cell performance.

German Electric-Car Charging Station Plans Accelerate As Grid Gets Greener

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The country currently offers few electric-car incentives, but the current government hopes to change that policy--including the construction of a large network of charging stations. After some initial hesitation, Germany is moving ahead with more aggressive plans to encourage its companies and citizens to drive electric cars.

National Grid to use Nissan LEAFs

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Four Nissan LEAFs have been delivered to electricity and gas firm National Grid as part of a four-year/40,000-mile lease contract. The electric cars will act as a pool car fleet for National Grid staff who are delivering a project over the next eight years to construct tunnels that will house a new high voltage electric [.]. Electric cars charging points National Grid Nissan LEAF zero emissions

Nissan begins testing combination of LEAF EVs and “LEAF to Home” for grid demand response services

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Nissan Motor Corporation has begun testing in Japan of a system to use electric vehicle technology to help power grids cope with peaks in demand. Demand response is a strategy to make power grids more efficient by modifying consumers’ power consumption in consideration of available energy supply. This reduces electricity demand on the power grid. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies.

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OnStar opens up APIs for Smart Grid applications for EVs

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OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM, is inviting utilities, energy companies and tech firms to develop Smart Grid solutions using a set of proprietary OnStar application programming (APIs). OnStar is opening up its APIs to give developers the ability to broaden the potential for integrating EVs such as the Volt with Smart Grid technology. The Smart Grid set of APIs is among the first to be offered outside of the company. Charging data.

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SwRI develops first ERCOT-qualified vehicle-to-grid aggregation system

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SwRI’s V2G aggregation system allows electric delivery truck fleet owners to make money by using normal vehicle charge times to assist in managing grid frequency. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has deployed the first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) aggregation system qualified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to manage charging activities for a fleet of electric delivery trucks.

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Mitsubishi companies launch smart grid demonstration system using EVs and used battery packs

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The purpose of this project is to demonstrate load shifting by charging at night when demand is low, storing power produced from renewable sources in rechargeable batteries, and supplying such power back to the grid when factory facilities and offices face peak demand.

Oregon Debates EV Charging Stations: Cost Or Benefit For Utility Customers?

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Electric-car ownership allows you to break free from petroleum dependence—and to instead plug in and spend your energy dollars locally and regionally, on energy from the grid. Yet in Oregon, a proposal that would let utility companies invest in regional charging infrastructure—and make that transition a little easier, perhaps—is. Politics Electric Car plug-in cars regulation charging infrastructure Fast Charging Oregon

IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

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Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

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Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

Eight carmakers unite for EV smart grid management

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Eight carmaker, 15 utility companies and the US-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will unite to work together in the development a new standardised smart grid system which should make the management of electric car charging easier.

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Chrysler looks at vehicle-to-grid technology

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Chrysler has become the latest carmaker to cast its eyes over vehicle-to-grid technology - by forming a partnership with energy technology leader NextEnergy.

NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. The most promising application identified for second use batteries is to replace grid-connected combustion turbine peaker plants and provide peak-shaving services. PEV battery life cycle with second use. Source: NREL. Click to enlarge.

Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. Vehicle to grid is more valuable when there is a bi-directional power flow; can inverter technology be successfully adapted for vehicle to grid applications?

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Nissan teams with GE over smart grid research

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Japanese carmaker Nissan has teamed up with energy firm, GE, in order to accelerate the development of a smart-charging infrastructure. GE and the carmaker signed a three year memorandum of understanding to collaborate over research new technologies that will be needed in the car, on the grid and at home or work to make smart [.]. Tags: Nissan charging electric GE leaf Smart Grid

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Chevy Bolt EV: 800-mile trip in 238-mile electric car shows challenges remain

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In combination with a nascent DC fast-charging infrastructure, it offers the possibility of much longer road trips powered solely by grid electricity. California road trips plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Fast Charging ChargePoint Network eVgo charging network Combined Charging Standard (CCS

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NREL releases interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid applications

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a technical report that provides an interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2GSimple block diagram of an EV with V2G.

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Two new PEV-specific apps from OnStar targeted at range anxiety and public charging cost

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The new EV Waypoint application will plot a waypoint route with recommended charging stations is the route is beyond the range of a single charge. Destination is within a single charge range, but the vehicle needs to be charged more until it reaches XX% battery level.

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Fraunhofer ESK demonstrating vehicle-to-grid communications based on ISO/IEC 15118 and IEC 61850 standards

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Fraunhofer ESK is developing underlying communication methods for a uniform energy management system for power grids and electric vehicles. At the Hannover Trade Fair in April, ESK researchers will demonstrate how the charging station serves as an interoperable node between the e-vehicle and the network control center using the ISO/IEC 15118 and IEC 61850 standards. Fraunhofer ESK demonstrating vehicle-to-grid communications based on ISO/IEC 15118 and IEC 61850 standards.

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Smart Grid proposals outlined in report

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A report has been released that identifies the issues and priorities for developing technical standards and an architecture for a US Smart Grid. The Smart Grid is a planned national network that uses 21 st Century information technology to deliver electricity in an efficient, reliable and secure manner and also allows for the increased use of renewable power resources.

Electric Merivas to test smart grid technology

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The car maker has provided three electric demo versions of its Meriva vehicles to help study how the project’s intelligent charging technologies can be used by electric cars. [.]. Tags: Vauxhall electric electric car meRegioMobil Meriva Opel Smart Grid European car maker Opel (known as Vauxhall in the UK) has joined forces with electric mobility and intelligent energy project MeRegioMobil to help advance future mobility solutions.

Electric cars cleaner than any gas-only car for 97 percent of U.S. drivers

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But unless they're charged entirely on renewable energy—still statistically unlikely today—there are emissions associated with generating the electricity used to charge their batteries. Carbon Footprint emissions carbon dioxide electric utilities plug-in cars GRIDElectric cars have no tailpipe emissions when running.

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Norwegian Electric Systems to provide hybrid electric systems for three new ferries; Odin’s Eye DC grid system

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All three ferries will be capable of all-electric operation with fast charging. Norwegian Electric Systems’ main DC system ensures the safe charging and discharging of the batteries. Odin’s Eye is a DC grid solution which allows for the use of variable speed generator sets.

Test Pays BMW i3 Electic-Car Owners To Let Utility Delay Charging

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The rise of modern electric cars has brought concerns that their cumulative charging needs could have an increasing impact on electric power grids. Too many cars charging at once might simply overwhelm the ability of the infrastructure to handle it, electric-car critics say. California san francisco electric utilities plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure GRID

Nissan unveils electric ecosystem for Europe: new EVs, infrastructure; charging options; V2G

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Nissan will expand its existing outdoor charging network by 20% over the next 18 months. Working with EV fast charging standard CHAdeMO, the company has already built Europe’s most comprehensive charging network, with more than 4,600 quick chargers across the region.

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New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. Short-term transients, including those related to wind and solar sources, present challenges to the electrical grid. At a rate of several cycles per day, the new electrode could offer a good 30 years of useful life on the electrical grid, said Colin Wessells, lead author of the paper.

California ISO releases five-year strategic plan; grid integration of renewable power, support for electric vehicle charging

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The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), California’s non-profit grid operator, released its new five-year (2012-2016) strategic plan. Between now and 2020, wind and solar generation will quadruple within the ISO transmission grid at the same time electric vehicle charging increases significantly. Ensure continued reliability during grid transformation. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Power Generation Smart charging Smart Grid

Smart Grid projects pick up huge funding boost

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The advancement of the US Smart Grid has taken another significant step forward after the US Department of Energy agreed to award $620million to projects across the country aimed at advancing Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. The funding has been divided into two areas: the first group, consisting of 16 awards, totals $435million and supports fully integrated Smart Grid demonstrations in 21 states.

Nissan and Endesa collaborating to deliver vehicle-to-grid systems to market

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The two companies have agreed to collaborate on the following activities: Introduction of V2G services in the European market; Exploring the use of second-life EV batteries for stationary applications (including households, buildings, grid); and. This Vehicle to Grid (V2G) system consists of the Endesa two-way charger and an energy management system that can also integrate such off-grid, and renewable, power generation as solar panels and wind turbines.

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MIT team improves liquid metal batteries for grid-scale storage; lower operating temperature, cost

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Professor Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company, Ambri (initially Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), to produce electrical-grid-scale liquid batteries, which comprise layers of molten material which automatically separate due to their differing densities. At charge–discharge current densities of 275 milliamperes per square centimeter, the cells cycled at 450 degrees Celsius with 98 per cent Coulombic efficiency and 73 per cent round-trip energy efficiency.

Hokkaido Elec to invest in 60 MWh redox flow battery for grid storage

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to bolster its grid capacity amid rapid growth in power generation using renewable energy. A redox flow (RF) battery has the electrolyte including these active materials in external containers, such as tanks, and charges and discharges electricity by supplying the electrolyte to the flow type cell by pumps or other means. Renewable power sources such as solar and wind fluctuate sharply with the weather, creating concerns over the possible impact on grid voltage and frequency.

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