sonnen are once again at the forefront of pioneering new energy technologies and services. They are constantly evolving their offering to include new services, this time it is integrating electric vehicle batteries into their virtual power plant (VPP) sonnenCommunity. This makes perfect sense and offers consumers the ability to maximise the opportunity to charge their EVs with solar-generated energy from their own PV plant or from those of another members of the community. sonnen can then integrate the EV batteries into the VPP and use this energy to provide flexibility services to the electricity grid. Expanding the VPP concept to include EV batteries is a crucial part of developing a smart energy system where energy can be generated, stored and consumed at a local level.
“With our pool of sonnenBatteries, we are already connecting thousands of energy storage systems into the world's largest virtual power plant of its kind. With the sonnenCharger, we can now also bring electric vehicles into the system, offering benefits to both utilities and consumers alike," sonnen’s director for sales and marketing, Philipp Schröder, said. “E-mobility can only succeed if it becomes an active part of the energy system. Many local power grids are not set up to accommodate the increasing number of electric cars. Instead of spending millions for installing bigger and bigger cables, we are offering a sustainable solution that integrates electric cars into the grid to intelligently control their charging and reduce the strain on distribution grids,” added Schröder.