By Jeff McMahon, Forbes
Vehicle-to-grid technology is not a new idea—China jumped on it early—but it looks like an increasingly promising idea as electric-vehicle adoption takes off. The International Energy Agency’s most conservative estimate puts 130 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, and [World Resources Institute researcher Camron Gorguinpour] said those vehicles will contain almost ten times the amount of energy storage needed by the grid. Read more here.
Photo: Enel’s JuiceBox Pro 40 residential EV charging station.
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“I don’t like talking about vehicle-grid integration as something in the future,” said Preston Roper, head of e-mobility at Enel X North America. “It’s actually happening today.” The company is managing 10,000 of its intelligent charging systems in demonstration programs around the world. Last year, Enel X said its products in California provided a 30MW “virtual battery” to the grid, roughly equivalent to the power needs of a small suburb. The company projects that by 2025 a JuiceNet virtual battery could provide the equivalent energy of 47 natural gas power plants, once 3 million EVs are on U.S. roads.
Enel X’s Smart-Grid Charging Rewards Program
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- Enel X Launches New Electric Mobility Business in North America, Globe Newswire
- Trends Of Vehicle-To-Grid (V2G) Market Reviewed For 2019 With Industry Outlook To 2024, Technology Magazine
With 10% penetration, EVs could shift all residential peak load to night, analysis of SoCal Ed finds, Utility Dive. Electric vehicles have the potential to act as virtual power plants that can help utilities soak up midday renewable energy and discharge in the evenings to reduce peak load, according to a study from Jackson Associates. The analysis, based on 5,000 Southern California Edison (SCE) customers’ hourly loads, commuting behavior and “potential electric vehicle (EV) ownership,” concluded that at a 10% EV penetration, the batteries could shift the utility’s entire residential peak load to nighttime hours.