Vehicle-to-grid charging is to get bigger in Britain with EDF Energy wanting to install 1,500 such V2G connections. The utility announces a partnership with technology company Nuvve and is aiming for the B2B market first.
In detail, this includes EDF’s own facilities, where they are to provide up to 15 megawatts of additional energy storage capacity. That is the equivalent amount of energy required to power 4,000 homes, specifies a press release.
Targeting business clients also means EDF Energy is looking at vehicle-to-grid applications as particularly useful in connection with either larger fleets of electric cars and also energy management systems of factories and offices for example. Explains Beatrice Bigois, Managing Director of Customers at EDF Energy: “With 55 percent of new vehicles coming on to the road through businesses, they will play a key role in the transition to electric transport. Through this partnership with Nuvve, we are investing in smart technologies that will help our business customers electrify their fleets in a cost effective way and support the UK’s ambition for clean growth.”
With Nuvve they have an experienced partner on board indeed. They specialise in software foremost but nowadays “produce and manage bi-directional energy flow” according to a prominent posting on their website.
In concrete terms, EDF and Nuvve will install 1,500 units of what they call “smart electric chargers” in the United Kingdom. These V2G applications are to store energy in no peak times in order to make it available for sale on the energy markets or for supporting grid flexibility at times of peak energy use.
EDF and Nuvve have signed a strategic partnership agreement with a view to forming a joint venture to develop these V2G solutions in Europe. The San Diego-based green energy technology firm has deployed similar projects on five continents including what they claim to be the “world’s first fully commercial V2G hub in Denmark,” which has been operational for two years now. We suspect Nuvve is referring to a V2G project they have set up with Nissan in the Nordic country. In addition the Japanese carmaker and Nuvve are currently working to install a 1,000 V2G charger network and EV fleet in the UK (we reported).