23 February 2018

Vehicle-2-Grid project develops charging technology in real world

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure on UK roads is to be advanced, thanks to a new £5.6 million project – funded by Innovate UK – to develop Vehicle-2-Grid (V2G) technologies, involving WMG at the University of Warwick.

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure on UK roads is to be advanced, thanks to a new £5.6 million project – funded by Innovate UK – to develop Vehicle-2-Grid (V2G) technologies, involving WMG at the University of Warwick.

For three years from April 2018, the EV-elocity consortium will conduct a project to demonstrate and develop V2G technology across a variety of UK locations, including airports and business parks – with the aim of proving its viability and worth to business and the wider public.

Researchers at WMG, led by vehicle electrification and energy storage expert Dr James Marco, will build a techno-economic model of how V2G will be viable within the UK. A key innovation will be the inclusion of new models of battery degradation within the analysis that will underpin new methods to optimise the vehicle’s battery system.

Dr Marco’s team will also analyse real-world usage data from a range of different electric fleet vehicles as they are used within a V2G context.

The project will break new ground in helping consumers, businesses and infrastructure providers to financially benefit from adapting their charging behaviour and vehicle use.

In doing so, the project will help to further accelerate and incentivise the transition from traditional fuel sources to electric vehicles.

At the core of the project is establishing scalable business models and underlying data services that will be required to support the growth of this market.

Dr James Marco, Reader in Vehicle Electrification and Energy Storage at WMG, commented: “This is an exciting opportunity to study the possible benefits of V2G technology in the real-world and to construct a new holistic model of how best to optimise the ever-increasing integration of electric vehicles and our energy infrastructure.”

V2G technology enables plug-in electric vehicles to intelligently communicate with the power grid – potentially returning excess electricity back to the grid while the vehicle is parked or inactive, which can power buildings and infrastructure.

This revolutionary technology would make the UK power grid more efficient as electric vehicles grow in popularity – creating huge potential savings for consumers, businesses and utility companies, as well as a more environmentally friendly charging infrastructure.

Furthermore, recent research from WMG at the University of Warwick found that V2G technology can even improve lithium ion battery life in electric vehicles.

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