Electric cars are poised to feed power into the grid
The Parker Project tests using Enel X charging points show how e-cars can use innovative Vehicle-to-Grid technology to support the electricity grid, once they are parked and connected up
Published on 21 January 2019
Supporting the power grid by using your car’s battery as it charges in its parking space? Yes, it’s possible, as has been proved by the EUDP’s (Energy Development and Technology and Demonstration Program) Parker Project , which was recently presented at the DTU’s (Technical University of Denmark) Risø campus. Once parked, e-cars support the electricity grid, thanks to innovative Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology which has completely revolutionised the concept of what cars are and do. E-vehicles not only represent the current green sustainable state of mobility, but they are also becoming capable of providing active support to electricity grid stability on a large scale, and without impacting on their own performance.
Until just a few years ago, V2G technology, which enables electric cars to feed power into the grid, was a valid project still in the theoretical stage. Now, however, several new cars on the market support these functionalities, thereby making their batteries available to the electricity grid.
The Parker Project’s results are significant. This is the first time that the sector has demonstrated the countless advantages of V2G technology, which include frequency containment, using multiple EVs and fleets. These results can be applied to EV technology worldwide, thereby preparing the market for the mass adoption of electric vehicles and V2G-compatible charging stations.
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