PNNL study finds 2028 grid resource adequacy likely sufficient for high EV penetration; managed charging strategies can double adequacy

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A new study of the impact of high EV adoption on the Western US power grid by a team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has found that 2028 grid resource adequacy—from generation through transmission—is likely to be sufficient for high EV penetration.

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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Intelligent Power Generation (IPG) will demonstrate the impact of Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology in UK electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, following a £1-million contract from Highways England.

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches EV charging system for large-scale e-mobility: Grid-eMotion Fleet

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids has launched Grid-eMotion Fleet, a scalable, modular and fully customizable solution for large-scale EV charging of smart public and commercial transport. The global technology leader has been pioneering EV charging solutions since 2013, where it first introduced innovative flash-charging eBus solutions in Geneva and Nantes. Grid-eMotion Fleet comes in standard containers that integrate the grid connection and charging systems.

2020 65

HOMER Grid software now models EV charging stations

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HOMER Energy by UL, a global developer of energy modeling software, announced that HOMER Grid , software for designing grid-tied distributed energy projects, can now model how hybrid systems power electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The new capability helps users design optimal renewable energy and storage systems to reduce utility costs—especially demand charges—of electric vehicle charging.

2020 69

NREL study finds that uncoordinated plug-in vehicle charging could prove challenging to the grid

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An influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) charging without coordination could prove challenging to the nation’s electric grid, according to research conducted by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Dr. Matteo Muratori, a transportation and energy systems engineer at NREL, developed highly resolved models of residential power demand and PEV use to assess the impact of uncoordinated in-home PEV charging on residential power demand.

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Study finds twin demand peak for residential time-of-use EV charging; implications for grid operators

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A researcher at the University of San Diego has used energy meter-level data from the San Diego region to analyze the energy load profiles of residential customers under the time-of-use (TOU) rate with and without EV charging requirements. Unlike previous forecasts on the effects of EV charging loads, the energy load profile of TOU customers with EVs shows a “twin demand peak” where there is a peak demand during the evening hours and another at midnight.

2019 82

Nuvve and Lion Electric to collaborate on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) in electric school buses

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Nuvve Corporation, a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, and Lion Electric, an original equipment manufacturer of all-electric heavy-duty vehicles based in Québec, are collaborating to launch vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology as a standard feature of Lion’s zero-emission school buses.

2020 126

UPS-led SEUL consortium switches on smart-grid fleet charging solution in London; maxing out on EVs without expensive grid upgrades

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A UPS-led consortium has deployed new smart-grid charging technology in London that overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) without the need for the expensive upgrade to the power supply grid. Recharging a fleet of electric vehicles can be extremely expensive as it often requires upgrades to the external power grid, an option not attractive to most businesses or operators.

2018 80

V2G company Nuvve participating in California’s wholesale energy markets to help balance the grid

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Nuvve Corporation, a San Diego-based vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, is participating in a program to deliver resource adequacy to local utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and California’s electrical grid using a large stationary battery located on the University of California San Diego’s (UC San Diego’s) campus microgrid. Nuvve offers AC and DC charging station options which are preconfigured to work with NUVVE’s Grid Integrated Platform (GIVe).

2020 88

eMotorWerks lays groundwork for vehicle-to-grid charging

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vehicle-to-grid-v2g Charging NetworksAt first blanch, a new business agreement between home charger manufacturer eMotorWerks and utility software provider LO3 Energy sounds strictly like the stuff of dull business contract lawyers. Dig a little deeper, though, and it could be the kernel of the next generation electrical system, long discussed, but never-quite-practical.

2019 78

Guidehouse Insights: blockchain-based EV charging & grid integration market to show 78% CAGR from 2020-2029

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A new report from Guidehouse Insights provides forecasts for blockchain-enabled charging hardware deployment, electricity demand from blockchain-based platforms, and revenue from electric vehicle (EV) charging and integration applications through 2029. According to the new report, the combined market for blockchain-based EV charging and grid integration is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2029 at a 77.9%

2020 79

Audi & Hager Group investigating bidirectional charging at home

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Hager Group and Audi are thus bidirectional charging at home, otherwise known as Vehicle to Home (V2H). —Martin Dehm, technical project manager for bidirectional charging at Audi. An Audi e-tron with near-series charging technology was used in a research project.

2020 89

NSF awards UCSD team $39M to improve integration of distributed energy resources into grid; EV batteries also

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to build a first-of-its-kind testbed—DERConnect—to improve the understanding of how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. We will be replicating the entire California power grid on one campus.

2020 65

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.

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Volvo goes off the grid, invests in mobile-charging experts Freewire

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Volvo Cars has announced an investment in Freewire Technologies, a company that emphasizes mobile charging solutions. Freewire earlier this year attracted a $5 million investment from the petro-giant BP, which will result in Freewire’s fast-charging systems being installed at some BP stations in the UK and Europe—effectively helping. charging Fast Charging

2018 75

As more people plug in, is smart charging more important than fast charging?

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Electric-car converts (or shoppers) tend to boast about how fast their EV might be able to charge—in miles (of range) per hour. And while that’s useful for road trips and the occasional unplanned errand, the more important question might be whether an electric car can charge smartly. smart grid charging

2019 82

Northvolt & Mälarenergi partner to deploy battery energy storage for EV charging

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Northvolt and Mälarenergi are partnering to establish a battery energy storage system at an electric vehicle charging station in Västerås, Sweden. The Northvolt battery system is intended to reduce peaks in electricity demand of the charging station by more than 80%, and thereby lessen the impact of EV charging on the local electricity network. Batteries Smart charging Smart Grid

2019 99

Colorado to launch smart-charging pilot program as it prepares for EVs

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As it prepares to launch an electric-car mandate in coming years, Colorado is working to learn how electric cars can help it move to a more renewable energy grid. smart grid charging power gridThe non-profit Platte River Power Authority announced last month that it is teaming up with eMotorWerks, which sells home smart chargers, to sell and install 250 smart chargers for.

2019 81

BMW i ChargeForward Program to demo contribution of intelligent EV charging to grid efficiency

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Working with a select group of BMW i3 drivers, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership. The study has two parts, a managed charge pilot program involving BMW i3 owners and a battery second life energy storage system. Grid efficiency through managed charging, combined with a used EV battery “second-life” system.

2015 85

SCE signs 7 contracts for 770 MW of battery-based energy storage for grid reliability

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The projects will enhance electric grid reliability and help address potential energy shortfalls identified in California. The projects will assist in integrating renewable clean energy into the grid from intermittent wind and solar resources and will also help the state transition its energy profile as several large coastal once-through cooling plants are scheduled to retire over the next three years. Batteries Infrastructure Market Background Smart Grid

2020 69

Connected EVs could help power the grid: California utility studies how

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California has more electric cars than any other state, and a local utility wants to put them to work powering the grid. Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to launch a demonstration project for "vehicle-to-grid" or "V2G" technology, in which vehicles both charge and discharge power to the grid.

2020 79

California ISO publishes roadmap for integrating EVs into grid

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Summary of the path to enable EVs to provide grid services. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has released a blueprint for integrating electric vehicles (EVs) into the grid: “ California Vehicle-Grid Integration Roadmap: Enabling Vehicle-based Grid Services ”. Creative approaches identified in this roadmap are expected to lead to EV charging behavior that is beneficial or at least not adverse to grid reliability.

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Rivian buzz, renewable-grid deep freeze, wireless charging deal: Today's Car News

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Tech giant Qualcomm sells its Halo wireless charging business to rival WiTricity. A new computer model tests how a 100-percent renewable power grid would have held up to the recent polar vortex. GM renewable energy Wireless charging Rivian AmazonGM and Amazon could be in talks to invest in startup electric pickup-maker Rivian. And results of last week's Twitter poll show how you think automakers.

2019 59

Virtual Peaker partners with Fermata Energy to bring V2G bi-directional vehicle charging technology to utilities

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Virtual Peaker and Fermata Energy are partnering to integrate Fermata Energy’s vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with Virtual Peaker’s cloud-based residential energy demand response platform used by utilities across the country.

2020 113

Audi e-tron charging service on-grid in 10 markets, more coming

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The Audi e-tron Charging Service is going on-grid in ten markets. When driving abroad, Audi customers can charge their cars according to the local purchasing conditions without any extra costs. To cover individual charging needs, customers can choose from two different tariffs. Providing a premium charging offer, Audi makes 80% of all public charging stations in Europe accessible on the basis of just one contract. for AC charging (up to 22 kW) and €9.95

2019 82

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. Nissan will commence Smart Grid trials in partnership with multinational energy manufacturer and distributor, ENEL. Endesa 10 kW bidirectional charging point for EVs.

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EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo, America’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has launched a commercial installation of second-life battery storage at a public DC fast charging station. Following a pilot program at University of California San Diego (UCSD), this second-life battery system has been unveiled at an operational EVgo fast charging station located in Union City, CA at 3960 Smith Street. high power electric vehicle charging (50kW+).

2018 84

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.

2017 65

Electrify America introduces Plug&Charge payment technology to its charging network

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Electrify America’s ultra-fast charging network now offers Plug&Charge payment technology, which allows electric vehicle (EV) owners to begin a charge without reaching for their wallet, smartphone or bank card. After a brief online registration, drivers can automatically pay for charging by simply plugging in their EV. The charger communicates with the vehicle to identify, authenticate, authorize and bill the customer’s registered account for the charging session.

2020 65

Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables

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A team from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, together with Daimler AG and the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart, is developing both the charging infrastructure and the energy management systems required to manage large fleets of EVs in a project called charge@work. The aim of charge@work is to design a micro smart grid (MSG) capable of supplying the EV fleet with electricity produced exclusively from renewable sources.

2014 84

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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Audi research project proves the potential of bi-directional charging: What's next?

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Audi is the latest automaker to experiment with bi-directional charging, which allows electric cars to discharge electricity from their battery packs back into the grid—or to a smart-home energy management system. charging

2020 97

Mitsubishi Motors, NewMotion, Nuvve in vehicle-to-grid pilot in Netherlands with Outlander PHEV

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has launched a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) pilot, with the first charge point already being utilized with Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s in-vehicle storage batteries. Using V2G-technology, peak demand on the electricity grid can be better balanced, by allowing electric vehicles to not just take power from the grid, but also return it to the network and expect to introduce a new potential earnings model for electric drivers.

2017 60

Fiat Chrysler and Italian grid operator Terna partner on V2G trials

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The CEO and General Manager of Terna, Luigi Ferraris, and the Chief Operating Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in EMEA, Pietro Gorlier, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the joint trialing of sustainable mobility services and technologies such as Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G). Terna is one of the main European electricity transmission grid operators and manages the Italian high voltage transmission grid, with more than 74,000 km of lines.

2019 95

DOE awards more than $7M for efforts to protect electric grid from cyber attacks on EVs and chargers

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $7 million in funding for Michigan-based cybersecurity company The Dream Team LLC (DTLLC) to develop a first-of-its-kind infrastructure that protects the electric grid from cyber-attacks on electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle charging systems. Once developed, testing of the electric roadways and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology will be conducted at the world-renowned American Center for Mobility (ACM).

2020 75

EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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The Electric Power Research Institute, 8 automakers and 15 utilities are working to develop and to demonstrate an open platform that would integrate plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with smart grid technologies enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location. The open platform will simplify and streamline V2G (vehicle-to-grid) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.

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US and Japan collaborating on smart grid project in Hawaii; EV operation and charging, including grid-balancing services

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have been selected as contractors for a joint US-Japan collaboration supporting a Smart Grid project on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The project goal is to verify the use of advanced technologies in a smart grid under the use of large volumes of renewable energy already in place, to contribute to smart grid standards, and to implement a low-carbon social infrastructure system that efficiently uses renewable energy on a remote island where electricity costs are relatively high.

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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.

2013 75

Mercom: battery, smart grid, energy efficiency companies raised $2.3B in VC funding in 2019; 18% lower than 2018

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Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy research and communications firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2019. According to the report, global VC funding (venture capital, private equity, and corporate venture capital) for Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency companies in 2019 was 18% lower with $2.3 Smart Grid.

2020 60

IBM, Honda, and PG&E partner on smarter charging for EVs; utilities to communicate charging instructions directly based on grid conditions

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and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a new pilot project that will allow communication between electric vehicles (EVs) and the power grid. This project will demonstrate and test an electric vehicle’s ability to receive and respond to charge instructions based on the grid condition and the vehicle’s battery state. Once plugged into a charge post, the Honda Fit EV initiates a charge request via the vehicles telematics system.

2012 74

EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. The process for managing PEV charging will be transparent to the vehicle owner.

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SAE International publishes new J2954 wireless charging standard

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SAE International has published the first global standard that specifies, in a single document, both the electric vehicle and supply equipment (EVSE) ground-system requirements for wireless charging of electric vehicles (EV). It is downward-compatible to charge vehicles also at WPT1 and WPT2.

2020 148

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?