Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Consortium to develop vehicle-to-grid control platform

Steve Rogerson
March 28, 2018

A consortium including electronics design consultancy ByteSnap Design, Aston University, Nortech Management and Grid Edge have been awarded a two-year collaborative project to develop a communications and control platform for vehicle-to-grid and building systems.
Called Vigil, the UK project is for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) intelligent control. It is being funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (Olev) and the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The project is focussed on developing a communications and control platform for V2G and vehicle-to-building (V2B) systems: an off-vehicle system that controls how, when and the rate at which electric vehicle batteries are charged and discharged with respect to local substation constraints and EV and building energy requirements.
ByteSnap Design will be developing a communications adaptor, leveraging its expertise in EV charge post design. The communications adaptor will ensure the flexibility and interoperability of the Vigil platform with different manufacturers’ V2G charge-points. ByteSnap will also be creating a V2G mobile application that will be delivered with an optimised building management system.
“We’re really looking forward to working on this development,” said Dunstan Power, director of ByteSnap Design. “Our expertise in embedded systems design – and in particular EV charge post design – is a really good fit with what is an exciting new part of the UK’s energy mix.”
In January 2018, Olev and BEIS announced that 21 projects (eight feasibility studies, five collaborative research and development projects, and eight real-world V2G trial projects) were to receive funding of around £30m to develop the business proposition and core technology around V2G and demonstrate those with large-scale trials. The projects involve more than 50 industrial partners and research organisations from both the energy and automotive sectors, marking the largest and most diverse activities on V2G in the world, and trialling more than 2700 vehicles across the UK.
The V2G projects represent a significant step towards the transition to a low-carbon transportation and a smart energy system. Enabling EVs to return energy to the power grid when parked and plugged for charging will increase grid resilience, allow for better exploitation of renewable sources and lower the cost of ownership for EV owners, leading to business opportunities and clear advantages for EV users and energy consumers.
ByteSnap Design is a specialist in embedded systems development, encompassing hardware and software design, with an international client list. ISO 9001:2008 certified, the company is an NXP approved engineering consultant and an Arm connected community partner.