I am delighted to share the news that vehicle-to-grid technology is finally being afforded the government funding it requires to shape the future of mobility and smart energy in the UK. I will be attending the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Workshop hosted by Level at Basford Hall Conference Centre in Nottingham on the 31st January with a consortium of visionary companies. I’m sure this great news will be an interesting topic of conversation as we network, analyse and discuss the opportunities for distributed storage and V2G solutions across the globe.
I think Vehicle-to-Grid technology will change the face of energy and I truly believe that this government-backed analysis will be vital for the future of electric vehicles (EV). If this is all new to you, please allow me to explain… Bi-directional charging or V2G technology, whichever you prefer, enables the use of an electric car’s battery pack as a portable energy storage system. Through bi-directional energy transfer, electricity is drawn from the grid and is used to charge EV’s plugged into the system. While an EV is plugged in, the energy in its battery can be transferred back to help stabilise the grid at times of short or excess supply. If this is implemented correctly, all-electric vehicles are effectively energy sources on wheels. I think this is a tremendous opportunity to explore, if and how, electricity networks can best utilise any spare capacity to benefit the consumer. It would certainly make electric vehicles more attractive to the mass market. Petrol and Diesel is dead money, you are never going to get your money back, but with the right analysis and technology, with V2G we could soon see some real benefits from our excess and a more viable solution for the future of mobility.
Vehicle-to-Grid is a very attractive and useful feature to have on an EV, but like everything in this world, it has its faults. I don’t think it is the answer if the consumer is looking for a permanent home energy storage solution. You simply can’t rely on your car being available with enough energy capacity to serve as home energy storage all the time. Generally speaking, a full battery charge lasts a few days to a week for your average commute. Long range electric vehicles are optimised for weekly cycling, therefore they only require a top up every night. That is not enough spare energy if you are talking about an energy storage system aimed directly at the grid service. It doesn’t make financial sense at this point. However, for backup power, especially in prolonged outages it’s a very interesting solution. V2G is an option that can’t hurt to have if the consumer needs it. It will be a very important part of all EV’s in the future and I can’t wait for the workshop to collaborate with key industry professionals to learn more about this innovative energy solution. With all said and done I just think it’s great that the government are backing these initiatives and it gives me a lot of optimism for the future of mobility.
Our drive here at Hyperion is powered by our passion for the clean energy sector. We attend events like the V2G workshop to stay at the cutting edge of technical understanding within the industry. We’re always expanding our knowledge to remain at the forefront of this fantastic sector. We place high importance on networking and collaborating with professionals in the industry as we believe communication is the key to ensure the best results are achieved and the benefits are shared for the best possible future of the clean energy sector.
Almost £30 million has been awarded to over 20 vehicle to grid (V2G) projects, uniting vehicle manufacturers, aggregators, infrastructure operators, energy suppliers and academia across the UK in the first major investment in the technology from government.