FCA Italy and Engie EPS have been awarded a contract by Italian grid operator Terna to manage 25 megawatts of electricity. This should provide ultra-fast frequency control services to Terna via a planned vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system at FCA’s Mirafiori headquarters site.
The tendered project has now been awarded to FCA Italy and Engie EPS as part of a larger procurement of grid services. Accordingly, between 2023 and 2027, the duo will draw, store or feed up to 25 MW of electricity back to the grid on demand via a V2G system using technology from Engie EPS in combination with electric cars and second-life batteries from FCA at the Drosso logistics centre. FCE says this will make it a “fast reserve” to Terna. Construction work to install the bidirectional charging infrastructure already began at the logistics centre at the end of May. The goal is to install an initial 64 and, in the final stage, more than 700 bidirectional charging points.
FCA will provide the network operator Terna with 700 batteries for storage. Most of these will be on board the new Fiat 500s parked in the warehouse, with the addition of discarded batteries of the same type of vehicle as second-life storage. “This is a great result that links the mobility and energy sectors,” said Roberto Di Stefano, FCA’s head of e-mobility in the EMEA region, on the occasion of the official project award. “e-Mobility thus becomes the main enabler for a rapid transition to a more sustainable electrical system,” he added.
Meanwhile, the collaboration between FCA Italy and Engie EPS could soon become even closer. In November, the two partners signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint venture in the field of e-mobility, focusing on energy and charging infrastructure solutions and services for the private, commercial and public sectors. FCA says that this is the first large-scale industrial application of V2G integrated with second-life batteries.
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