Consortium awarded £11m in government funding for four V2G projects
British distribution system operator (DSO) UK Power Networks is backing a new stream of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) projects to explore the role of EV batteries in the power system. The group currently has more than 30,000 electric vehicles connected to electricity networks and by 2030 it is anticipated that figure will rise to between 1.2-1.9m. Many of these electric vehicles will be V2G capable and could be used to support delivering electricity reliably and at the lowest possible cost.
The competition is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and is delivered by Innovate UK.
The four V2G projects that UK Power Networks will be taking part in are:
Bus2Grid: Supporting a project to turn a 30-bus garage into the first of its kind in the UK Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) bus garage.
e4Future: A trial on 1,000 V2G fleet vehicles
Beating Home: Domestic customer V2G trial involving customers in specific areas.
V2Street: Public charging networks with a local authority and a charge point provider. Targeted at the 60-70% of Londoners without off-street charging capability.
Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation at UK Power Networks said: “Electric vehicles are effectively energy sources on wheels, so there are tremendous opportunities to explore how electricity networks can use any spare capacity in those batteries to benefit our customers.
“In the future you could use your car battery to power your house or earn money by selling its spare energy back into the network at peak times, and all of this whilst ensuring you have enough energy for your next day’s commute. We’re innovating to keep our customers moving at the lowest possible cost.”
Source: UK Power Networks