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European project explores V2G for tackling climate change

Steve Rogerson
December 6, 2016
Cenex – the UK’s Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies – is to lead a European project investigating how cities can increase energy efficiency and decrease carbon emissions by integrating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology into the existing energy infrastructure at district and city scale.
The Smart Mobile Energy project is supported by the Climate KIC, the EU’s public-private partnership addressing climate change. The programme will explore how EVs can support energy infrastructure through V2G, using EV batteries as short-term storage to manage energy demand at district and city scale in the cities of Berlin, Birmingham and Valencia.
“Cenex is delighted to explore the practical and economic implications of using V2G at a city and district scale,” said Robert Evans, CEO at Cenex. “This is a critical next step towards accelerating Europe’s move to clean energy.”
At Aston University in Birmingham, V2G technology is already proven and operating successfully at a building level. This project will allow Cenex to evaluate how the connection and control of multiple V2G installations could be implemented at a district and city scale. 
Partnering with the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Valencia, Energy Technology Institute and the Foundation of the Valencian Community for Strategic Promotion, Development & Urban Innovation, Cenex will work with city authorities, grid and energy companies, large building owners, 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.
Through this pilot, Cenex will evaluate the potential network impacts and business case of V2G in the three European cities. This is important to ensure timely uptake of V2G across Europe to help manage the predicted increase in demand on the electricity grid as a result of the growth in EV uptake.
Climate-KIC is addressing climate change across the priority themes of urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders. It runs programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations.
Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology, a body of the European Union.
Sean Lockie, director for urban transitions at Climate-KIC, 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.”
Cenex, established in 2005, operates as an independent not-for-profit consultancy and specialises in the delivery of projects that support innovation and market development to accelerate the shift to a low carbon economy.