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EEA: large-scale roll-out of EVs will help EU shift to green transport, but may challenge power grid

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However, widespread use of such vehicles would pose challenges for Europe’s power grid in meeting increased electricity demand. The need for extra power will be higher if other sectors like industry or households do not follow through on planned energy efficiency improvements.

China Southern Power Grid and Better Place open EV battery switch experience center in Guangzhou

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China Southern Power Grid (CSG) and Better Place opened their Switchable Electric Car Experience Center in Guangzhou’s Pearl River New Town. The company’s strategy has battery switch at its core combined with centralized EV charging. CSG has 14 EV charging stations in its network, with 2,901 charging poles in operation, and 206,000 kWh of usage over 45,000 charge cycles from January to November 2011.

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

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. BMW i Home Charging Services.

Renault & Eneco collaborate on smart renewable energy charging solution for electric vehicles

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Renault and energy supplier Eneco will collaborate on a smart charging solution for electric vehicles. Under the terms of an agreement signed today at the COP21 Paris conference, Eneco subsidiary Jedlix will develop a version of its existing smart charging app, adapting it to Renault’s ZOE EV. To reduce CO 2 emissions, it is essential that this vehicle fleet will use green power. Renewable energies feature in 56% of the new electricity power plants built in the world today.

First Fastned fast-charging stations broke-even in March

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The Netherlands-based Fastned, the company building a European network of fast charging stations, saw its first two stations break-even in March. This means that the operating expenses, such as the purchase of power, grid connection fees, licence costs, land lease, cleaning and maintenance costs were covered by the revenues generated at those stations.

CMU researchers find controlled charging of PHEVs can cut cost of integration into electricity system by 54-73%; higher benefits with wind power

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In a new study published in the journal Applied Energy , Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers found that controlled charging of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) reduces the costs of integrating the vehicles into an electricity system by 54–73% depending on the scenario.

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

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. Nissan is using Nissan LEAF EVs paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system ( earlier post ) for demand response testing at several of its sales outlets run by subsidiary Kanagawa Nissan Co., This is particularly useful in commercial establishments where it is difficult to turn power off to save electricity.

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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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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.

Air Force tests all plug-in vehicle fleet in California; part of large DoD V2G project

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The 42-vehicle fleet marks a milestone in partnership between federal, state and private energy organizations, as well as in DoD’s demonstration of emerging vehicle-to-grid technology. Unique charging stations have been installed on LA AFB to support the vehicles’ V2G capability.

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. With these factors in mind, the ISO developed a new long range planning vehicle titled Reliable Power for a Renewable Future.

US Navy launches its first solar-powered EV charging station

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Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South officially welcomed into service the US Navy’s first solar-powered electric car charging station. The carport will enable NSA Mid-South to recharge its current fleet of 17 electric vehicles with renewable electricity in approximately four hours, while reducing demand on the commercial power grid. Since then, the carport has successfully generated enough electricity to power more than 60 typical homes for a day.

Burns & McDonnell develops bi-directional fast chargers for SPIDERS program

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A team of Burns & McDonnell engineers, along with subcontractor Coritech Services, has developed a system of bidirectional, fast-charging stations for a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles at Fort Carson, Colo. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Power Generation Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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The battery storage system also includes a voltage converter and power electronics to manage the energy flow between renewable energy sources, the house interface, and the Li-Ion high-voltage battery from the BMW i3.

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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.

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.

ChargePoint’s roadmap: EV charging 80% home/work, 20% public/fast, “virtual batteries” for utilities

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ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, is rapidly expanding both its technical capability with the introduction of its modular Express Plus EV fast-charging platform (up to 400 kW) ( earlier post ) as well as its geographic reach with its expansion into Europe ( earlier post ). with wide deployment of electric vehicles—80% of charging will be at home or at work, while 20% will be public—i.e.,

California Energy Commission awards more than $1.8M additional funding to further UCSD microgrid project; energy storage, EV charging and V2G services are components

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved funding to advance further the development of its pioneering 42 MW peak microgrid and expand electric vehicle charging at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The Commission also approved funding of $220,554 to expand the campus’ burgeoning charging network for plug-in electric vehicles, through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118.

Toyota to participate in smart grid pilot project with Duke Energy in Indiana; optimized vehicle charging scheme

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), in cooperation with Duke Energy and non-profit industry initiative Energy Systems Network (ESN), will participate in a joint smart-grid pilot project in Indiana, the United States. The aim of the project will be power-grid load-equalization and the establishment of an optimized vehicle-charging scheme. Additionally, the project will seek to develop an appropriate scheme to optimally manage charging through a variable toll system.

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? Power Capacity.

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.

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

Cal Energy Commission awards $1.5M to Berkeley to advance open-source advanced smart charging technology; OpenVBOSS

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million to develop an advanced smart charging technology that maintains plug-in electric vehicle consumer needs while reducing charging loads, to achieve electricity grid benefits. The project will focus on controlling the charging of PEVs in residential and small commercial settings using a novel and flexible open-source, open-software architecture charge communication and control platform.

PNNL study finds that PHEVs and BEVs could serve as feasible resource to offset grid imbalances caused by integration of large amounts of intermittent wind generation

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trafficThis scenario is highly desirable to automotive manufacturers, who harbor great concerns about battery warranty if vehicle-to-grid discharging is allowed. a public to residential charging station ratio of 1:10). kW) compared to Level 1 charging (1.7

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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California to award up to $4M for projects to advanced smart charging and V2G technologies

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The California Energy Commission has issued a solicitation ( PON-14-310 , Driving the Integration of Electric Vehicles to Maximize Benefits to the Grid) to fund Applied Research and Development projects that will advance technologies and strategies for smart and efficient charging and vehicle-to-grid communication interfaces that will provide maximum benefits to both the electricity grid and the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market.

INEES report shows intelligent integration of EVs reduces power fluctuations, but not currently economically viable

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The findings of the report show that it is technically possible to absorb grid power fluctuations by connecting electric vehicles to the power supply. The supply of electrical power is undergoing a fundamental change. Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

OSU team develops new aqueous lithium-iodine solar flow battery; 20% energy savings over Li-I batteries

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After debuting the first solar air battery—a photo-assisted charging Li-O 2 battery—last fall ( earlier post ), researchers at The Ohio State University led by Professor Yiying Wu have now developed a new system combining a solar cell and a battery into a single device.

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Ford partners with Haier, Trina Solar and Delta Electronics to launch MyEnergi Lifestyle in China

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At Consumer Electronics Show Asia, Ford launched a strategic collaboration with Haier (home appliance), Trina Solar (solar power) and Delta Electronics (power management) to introduce MyEnergi Lifestyle ( earlier post ) to China, a holistic approach for lowering the energy costs and carbon footprint of Chinese families. Delta Electric Vehicle Charging Station. Trina Solar Photovoltaic Power Generation System.

PHEVLERs are the Zero CO2 Clean Green Machines of the Future

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Most homeowners have or can easily set up for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) battery charging overnight while the driver sleeps. [ 5 ] Increasing numbers of drivers can get PEV charging at their workplace. [ 6 ] Refueling a PHEVLER is convenient and effortless when it’s battery can be fully charged at these locations where it will be parked for long periods of time. Slow Level 1 charging [ 11 ] should be used to recharge PHEVLER batteries whenever possible.

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GE posts $63M in orders for Durathon sodium-halide battery systems

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In its first weeks of operation, the business secured 10 new telecom customer orders across several regions, including Africa, Asia, India and the US powering a total of more than 3,500 cell towers. Durathon batteries help solve key challenges for customers in emerging markets, where power outages and cycle disruption are prevalent, and in developed markets where batteries currently take up large spaces in cramped urban centers.

CMU policy briefs outline benefits and potential for adoption of electrified vehicles in the US

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The first—“ Electric Vehicle Benefits and Costs in the United States ”—shows that the benefits of vehicle electrification vary based on vehicle type; driving style; climate; how supplying electricity is generated; and time of charge.

GE and Nissan Get Into Smart Charging

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GE and Nissan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly research “smart charging&# stations. Both companies will be conducting research separately and collectively, using computer simulations to finetune their software charging systems. For more information, read the article: GE, Nissan team on smart charging for electric cars. Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: GE, Nissan team on smart charging for electric cars.

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

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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. EV charging at IZS. Charging an electric vehicle fleet poses high requirements on the energy system.

CA Energy Commission awards CSE $1.5M for development of standards-based smart EV charging platform; first employment of ISO/IEC 15118

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million grant to the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to lead development of an advanced management platform for integrating electric vehicle (EV) charging with utility-scale energy systems. CSE will work closely with KnGrid , a leader in vehicle-grid communications, to create a standardized platform that optimizes charging benefits for both grid operators and vehicle owners. Next-Generation Grid Communication for Residential PEVs, $1,500,000.

Siemens, Duke Energy and Ford demonstrate lower cost home smart charging technology for plug-ins; due on market next year

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Siemens Energy Management Division has teamed with Duke Energy and Ford to demonstrate the results of an 18-month effort to reduce the cost and expand electric vehicle charging technologies. million in development funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support research aimed at significantly reducing the current costs of electrical vehicle (EV) chargers and developing “smart” charging capabilities that support power grid efficiency and consumer demand.

Vattenfall contracts with BMW for up to 1,000 new 33 kWh Li-ion batteries this year for storage projects in wind farms

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Pending on a final investment decision the largest battery storage will be built at the Vattenfall wind farm Pen y Cymoedd (230 MW) in South Wales—a 22 MW storage facility, which will help to support the stability of the country-wide power grid in the UK as part of the so-called EFR (Enhanced Frequency Response) service. Energy storage solutions are an important part of Vattenfall’s strive to power climate smarter living.