Good Energy, Honda, Upside Energy and Salford University embark on V2G and “vehicle-to-home” project
A new project backed by utility Good Energy and automaker Honda will explore how EVs can be incorporated into household energy use. The project will test how electric vehicle batteries and other battery storage units can impact home efficiency.
Funded by Innovate UK, the new project will take advantage of Salford University’s unique testing facility, Energy House, which is the only full-scale building in an environmental chamber in Europe. Named ‘HAVEN’, it will explore the use of EV batteries to provide flexibility to the energy system within the context of other systems in the home, such as batteries attached to solar panel arrays, heating and hot water systems.
V2G technologies allow the storage capacity of electric vehicles to be used as an additional resource for the grid, or in this case a home. By conducting tests within the controlled environment of the Energy House and with the use of a charging point from Honda – the first of its kind in the UK – the project will investigate different configurations to build a suite of models for the value of EV and other battery storage systems within an integrated home energy storage system.
Upside Energy will be managing the project, and its cloud-based software will provide the platform for the testing conducted.
Will Swan, professor of building energy performance at the University of Salford, said: “Energy House can be subjected to simulated climates – sun, wind, snow and rain and is equipped with 300 sensors on windows, doors, walls and appliances. That makes it the perfect living laboratory to test what V2G can do because we can measure the gamut of scenarios in controlled conditions.”
Source: Good Energy