Low carbon and fuel cell technologies provider Cenex will lead the Smart Mobile Energy project supported by the Climate KIC.

The Smart Energy Project will examine how cities can improve their energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by integrating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology into the existing energy infrastructure at a district and city scale.

The project will also explore how electric vehicles (EV) can support energy infrastructure through V2G, using EV batteries as short-term storage to manage energy demand in Birmingham, Berlin, and Valencia.

Climate-KIC Urban Transitions director Sean Lockie said: “The Smart Mobile Energy programme offers a unique opportunity for us to test the beneficial impact of V2G technologies in cities, by creating an understanding of the size of the opportunity, identifying common barriers, and mapping the actions required to deliver the integration of electric mobility and energy systems at a district and city scale.”

"The Smart Mobile Energy programme offers a unique opportunity for us to test the beneficial impact of V2G technologies in cities."

Cenex's CEO Robert Evans said: “Cenex is delighted to explore the practical and economic implications of using V2G at a city and district scale. This is a critical next step toward accelerating Europe’s move to clean energy.”

For this project, Cenex will partner with various institutes and universities including Technical University of Berlin, the University of Valencia, Energy Technology Institute (ITE), and The Foundation of the Valencian Community for Strategic Promotion, Development, and Urban Innovation (InnDEA Valencia).

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It will also work with city authorities, grid and energy companies, and EV fleet operators to carry out the technical assessment and develop the business case for implementing wide-scale V2G in districts and whole cities.

Cenex will assess the potential network impacts and business case of V2G in three major European cities to ensure timely use of V2G in the UK and across Europe to manage the predicted increase in demand on the electricity grid as a result of the growth in EV usage.