Katherine Collett of Oxford’s Energy Power Group, and the Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, is involved in the V2GO (Vehicle-to-Grid Oxford) project. Watch this 2 minute video to find out more!
This exciting project is exploring the energy storage capacity of electric vehicles (EVs).
The project is looking at electric vehicles used for fleet services, which have a uniform schedule, and larger battery. These vehicles account for 56% of new vehicle registrations and are quickly turned over into the private market.
Researchers will assess how much of the battery is normally used on regular daily use, and the potential for the battery to be used bi-directionally i.e. send the electricity in the battery back to the grid when needed.
This could potentially reduce the need for network investments, increase efficiency and energy security, and a potential revenue stream for the fleet when the vehicles are not being driven. It also means that excess electricity generated at time of low demand can be stored in the batteries, which are then released at times of higher demand. This will mean more renewable energy sources can be plugged into the UK grid, helping to move to a Net Zero world.
The project will also assess whether fleet operators would be interested in vehicle-to-grid technology and what technologies, products and services are useful.
The project is funded by Innovate UK, and runs from 2018-2021. The partners are EDF Energy, Arrival, CleanCar.io, EO Charging, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford University (Energy and Power Group) and Upside Energy.