Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

UK consortium to develop V2G technologies

William Payne
March 1, 2018
 
A new £5.6 million project aims to advance electric vehicle charging infrastructure on UK roads with the development of Vehicle-2-Grid (V2G) technologies. The project is funded by Innovate UK and will be led by A.T. Kearney and include Honda UK, and WMG at the University of Warwick, as well as other UK universities and technology developers.

For three years from April 2018, the EV-elocity consortium will conduct a project to demonstrate and develop V2G technology across a variety of UK locations, including airports and business parks – with the aim of proving its viability and worth to business and the wider public.

The EV-elocity consortium is led by A.T. Kearney, and includes WMG, Honda UK, University of Nottingham, The Peel Group, Cenex, Ecar club, Brixworth Technology and a UK-based energy supply business, Leeds City Council and Nottingham City Council.

The project will run from April 2018 for three years.

Researchers at WMG, led by vehicle electrification and energy storage expert Dr James Marco, will build a techno-economic model of how V2G will be viable within the UK. A key innovation will be the inclusion of new models of battery degradation within the analysis that will underpin new methods to optimise the vehicle’s battery system.

Dr Marco’s team will also analyse real-world usage data from a range of different electric fleet vehicles as they are used within a V2G context.

At the core of the project is establishing scalable business models and underlying data services that will be required to support the growth of this market.

Dr James Marco, reader in Vehicle Electrification and Energy Storage at WMG, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to study the possible benefits of V2G technology in the real-world and to construct a new holistic model of how best to optimise the ever-increasing integration of electric vehicles and our energy infrastructure.”

Recent research from WMG at the University of Warwick found that V2G technology can even improve lithium ion battery life in electric vehicles.