UK-based centre for low-carbon and fuel cell technologies Cenex has installed the first domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) unit in the country.
Developed through the Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES) project, this UK-built unit has been deployed in Loughborough to supply electricity to households and the grid through electric vehicles (EV). When parked, the EVs battery can be used to let electricity flow to the electric distribution network and back, which has potential to provide around $4000 (£3274) per car, per year.
Integration of this technology will enable project partners to understand the management and interaction of EVs as battery storage facilities in homes, as well the incorporation of the solution into the wider energy system.
Under the £1.8m EFES project, the V2G unit has been developed by Potenza Technology, a control unit manufactured by Moixa Technology. The virtual power plant (VPP) has been developed by Cardiff University.
Cenex's chief executive officer (CEO) Robert Evans said: “Cenex is delighted to be at the forefront of this important new research into the domestic scale use of V2G power systems.
“Installation of the UK’s first domestic V2G unit marks a significant landmark for the country’s manufacturing and innovation, not to mention our efforts to move toward a low carbon economy.”
With the integration of the V2G, the unit will also represent one of the UK pilots for SEEV4-City, a European project part funded by Interreg North Sea Region.
By combining EVs, renewable generation, and smart energy management, SEEV4-City will help support the transition to a low-carbon economy across European cities.
The three-year EFES project is partly funded by Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It is expected to be delivered by December this year.
Image: Cenex’s domestic vehicle-to-grid unit. Photo: courtesy of Cenex.