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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XL Fleet launches XL Grid division with charging infrastructure solutions

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XL Fleet, a leading provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, has entered into a partnership with a commercial EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) supplier to begin the launch of its XL Grid division. XL Grid will provide charging infrastructure, energy storage and power solutions for electrified fleets. XL Fleet intends to continue expanding its XL Grid division to meet these energy demands.

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DOE releases analysis of potential impacts of hyperloop technology on the grid

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has conducted an analysis on the potential effects of hyperloop systems on the electric grid, as well as on transportation energy demand. The analysis of potential grid and energy efficiency impacts is based on conceptual data, as drawn from open sources or made available by developers, and on transportation energy use data. Findings of the report include: Effects on the electric grid.

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Flywheel tech helps ease grid demands of EV fast-charging

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Although true flywheel-based kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) never quite caught on in racing or in production hybrids, a company in Israel has been working on putting the technology to use where it could make a big difference: EV fast-charging stations.

Statkraft to install GE Rotating Stabilizers in grid-stabilization project in Scotland

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Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, has agreed to a deal to help further decarbonize the UK’s power sector and deliver a new approach to managing the stability of the grid. GE’s Rotating Stabilizers are high-inertia rotating machines that can support the grid network in delivering efficient and reliable synchronous inertia and can help stabilize frequency deviations by generating and absorbing reactive power.

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Mercom Capital: funding for battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies down 38% YoY in 1H 2020

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter (Q2) and first half (1H) of 2020.

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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.

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

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IPG’s project will demonstrate the role of Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology in bringing EV charging to high-use and remote locations through clean, cheap, grid-independent power generation.

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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. Through close collaboration with transport operators, Hitachi ABB Power Grids has identified a market need for a more holistic approach to large-scale charging. Grid-eMotion Fleet comes in standard containers that integrate the grid connection and charging systems.

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Opinion: Reinventing fuel-based power for a more secure and resilient grid

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With battery storage able to provide a unique role in balancing a renewable electricity grid, Toby Gill, CEO of Intelligent Power Generation, asks could innovations in green hydrogen and biofuel technologies contribute to a more optimized and economical energy mix?

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PowerCell signs MoU with ABB Power Grids on stationary fuel cell power solutions

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PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a memorandum of understanding with ABB Power Grids regarding a collaboration around fuel cell based zero emissions stationary power solutions. The MoU with ABB Power Grids is an important step and a great contribution to our increased efforts within the stationary segment. ABB Power Grids has a leading position and their knowledge, market position and global footprint make them an ideal partner within the stationary power segment.

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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.

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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

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VW is testing a DC wallbox good for bi-directional charging, smart grid uses

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The automaker announced last week that it's testing a DC wallbox that allows electric cars to discharge power back into the grid. Volkswagen is the latest automaker to experiment with bi-directional charging.

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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. More than 200,000 electric cars are currently on

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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). Earlier studies on how PEVs might affect the grid assumed utilities would have some control over when charging occurs, referred to as coordinated charging, which will greatly facilitate PEV integration.

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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. HOMER Grid can model how renewables and distributed generation address the growing demand for EV charging in a clean and cost-effective way. HOMER Grid software addresses two types of charging scenarios when it simulates energy systems.

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Report: California will need massive grid upgrades for 2035 electric-car push

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And to do that, it will need a much more capable grid. California will ban the sale of new gasoline vehicles by 2035.

2020 79

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.

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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).

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

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The results, published in a paper in the journal Energy Policy , reveal potential issues for grid operations with greater EV adoption and the importance of careful TOU rate design. An analysis on the potential energy load profiles based on different TOU rate structures across regions and EV charging load requirements would give insights on how to best design the rate structure to induce the best charging behavior for better grid operations.

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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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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.

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ABB, AFC Energy to develop high power EV charging solution for grid-constrained locations; fuel cells

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ABB and AFC Energy are partnering to create the next generation of high power sustainable electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for grid-constrained locations. Utilizing ABB’s energy storage solution and DC EV fast chargers along with AFC Energy’s zero-emission, high-efficiency hydrogen fuel cell, the strategic collaboration will deliver a fully autonomous, high-power EV charging system to provide an end-to-end solution for high power charging sites with limited grid connection.

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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.

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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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Daimler and partners deploying world’s largest 2nd-life EV battery storage unit for grid support

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With an increasing supply of electricity from fluctuating renewable energies, such as wind farms or solar power stations, they can help stabilize power grids, levelling out energy fluctuations with virtually no loss—a role that is partly fulfilled by fossil power plants at present. The Mobility House AG (TMH) integrates electric vehicles into the power grid as an aggregated swarm storage of batteries as well as a stationary storage device from vehicle batteries.

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Audi e-gas plant qualified to participate in balancing market to stabilize grid

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The Audi e-gas plant in the city of Werlte in Lower Saxony ( earlier post ) produces CO 2 neutral-fuel (synthetic methane from water, renewable electricity and CO 2 ); it now also contributes toward stabilizing the public power grid. It is therefore important to have flexibly available consumers such as the Audi e-gas plant to buffer load peaks and thereby stabilize energy grids. This has resulted in the plant being accepted under the direction of grid operator Tennet TSO GmbH.

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Scotland power boss: Peak charging could cause grid problems

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could burden the power grid if owners opt to charge those. smart grid UK electric utilities charging Scotland charging infrastructure Charging stationsVastly greater numbers of electric cars on United Kingdom roads could pose problems for the power supplies used to recharge them—if, that is, they all plug in during the day. Frank Mitchell, head of SP Energy Networks a unit of ScottishPower, said a rush to electric cars in the U.K.

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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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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. Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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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

2015 87

Freewire and BP unit ally for more UK fast chargers without grid upgrades

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BP Pulse, the charging-infrastructure unit of oil giant BP, is working with FreeWireTechnologies to get more of the company's mobile fast-charging stations installed in the United Kingdom.

2020 76

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

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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% Beyond contributing efficiencies to the information management layer of EV charging and integration solutions, blockchain technology can enable owners of EVs to take advantage of new revenue streams in the form of peer-to-peer charging applications and grid services.

2020 78

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

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Through the JuiceNet platform, these facilities can be remotely controlled and aggregated for grid balancing purposes relying on unidirectional and bidirectional (vehicle-to-grid, V2G) electricity flows. 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. eMotorWerks has deployed more than 25,000 smart-grid enabled charging stations to date. Enel S.p.A.,

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Daimler enters stationary energy storage market with ACCUmotive battery systems; 500 kWh unit already on line for grid stabilization

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Daimler’s first industrial-scale lithium-ion unit is already on the grid and is being operated by the partner companies The Mobility House AG and GETEC Energie AG. Daimler’s first industrial-scale storage unit on the German power grid is being operated by The Mobility House and GETEC through the joint venture Coulomb and is marketed on the German energy exchange. Batteries Infrastructure Smart Grid

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Mercedes solid-state batteries, California’s grid, Polestar Precept and EV platform: Today’s Car News

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Much will be needed to get California’s grid ready for the surge of electric vehicles. Mercedes-Benz has put solid-state batteries in a production vehicle.

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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).

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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.

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PG&E, Tesla team up to boost battery backups for power grid

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Utilities are racing to expand battery storage on the electrical grid. Batteries power gridThe latest example is Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which submitted a request Friday to the California Public Utilities Commission to build and install four large banks of lithium-ion battery storage, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The projects would include Tesla's.

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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WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities. We are now looking for support to allow these new units to be further developed and tested in remote or off grid locations.

2019 98

Mirai first drive, Lordstown electric RV, VW smart-grid wallbox: Today’s Car News

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The Lordstown Endurance could be the basis for a fully electric RV. Volkswagen is testing a new wallbox with bi-directional charging. And we get a first drive in the 2021 Toyota Mirai. This and more, here at Green Car Reports.

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