Nissan Powers Up UK-Based, European R&D Hub With V2G Technology

Nissan LEAFs charge at UK V2G installation

NOV 5 2016 BY MARK KANE 17

Nissan has launched another vehicle-to-grid installation in Europe (the first at one of its own locations) for use with LEAF and e-NV200 electric vehicles

Eight Enel V2G bi-directional CHAdeMO chargers have been installed at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe (which is found in the UK) as the Japanese company now intends to have V2G functionality at all its major facilities in Europe, possibkly foreshadowing of the system being rolled out worldwide soon.

However, questions about moving the tech into the mainstream are still unanswered – but seems like a good idea in conjunction with say…having a larger battery capacity in its flagship LEAF?

Just throwing that out there…

“Developed by Nissan in partnership with multinational energy provider Enel, eight V2G chargers have been installed at the site and will be available for all NTCE employees to use. The V2G chargers work with Nissan’s electric vehicles (EVs) to provide an intelligent energy management system capable of both charging the vehicles and allowing the cars to give stored energy from the vehicle’s battery back to the grid to help stabilise demand.

The move marks an important step in the company’s plans to make its Intelligent Mobility vision a reality in Europe. The integration of V2G technology brings to life Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, demonstrating how zero-emission vehicles such as the 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 and energy management technologies can work in tandem to create a cleaner, more efficient energy network.”

“Today’s news follows the announcement in August that Nissan and Enel secured their first commercial V2G customer in Europe. Enel has installed ten V2G units at the headquarters of Danish utility company, Frederiksberg Forsyning, making it the first business to commercially integrate and host the V2G units.”

Nissan powers up UK-based European R&D hub with vehicle-to-grid V2G technology

Nissan powers up UK-based European R&D hub with vehicle-to-grid V2G technology

Francisco Carranza, Director of Energy Services, Nissan Europe, said:

“Nissan has always been at the forefront of EV technology development and we’re excited to be using our expertise to help change the way people consume energy. Through the integration of Nissan EVs we can help shape a society whose energy use is sustainable, efficient and affordable. It could change the rules of the game and make energy cheaper for everyone.”

David Moss, Vice President, Vehicle Design & Development, NTCE said:

“The installation of the V2G chargers at NTCE is a significant moment for us. It gives us the opportunity to showcase to the world how the energy management systems Nissan is developing can work in a real-life business situation. Integrating it into our own facilities demonstrates the confidence we have in the technology and our steadfast belief that our electric vehicles can play a pivotal role in developing an ecosystem of technologies that work seamlessly together to create sustainable and efficient solutions for the future.”

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I think the reality about electric cars is that they are going to need to have to pulling in power to keep them running. And that the idea of sending power from a EV to the power grid is kind of logical.

The giant stationary grid battery systems would make more logical sense.

I don’t know why an owner of a Leaf would purposely make their battery die even faster…

Even someone who is leading you think wouldn’t want to lessen their AER

Calendar life seems like the biggest factor for LEAF cells.

My LEAF is two bars down at 80,000 miles.
My coworker’s cars is the same age and has also lost two bars, with only 40k miles.

Might as well have been grid stabilizing at the same time. 🙂

Great news, we need a smaller and chepaer solution now for private people.

The Leaf batteries are not robust enough for double duty. Most are spent at 40-50,000 miles; some at 30,000. This is just PR vapor.

I really feel Tesla’s PowerWall/PowerPack are a much better approach than V2G. Especially when renewable energy is at play in the scenario. Having a charging solution that can slow down the rate of charge or pause charging based on available energy (such as eMotorWerks approach) would be much better than tying in to draw energy from the vehicles at times. Coordinate true stationary storage like the PowerPack along with the vehicle charging. When the sun is behind the clouds, reduce or stop the EV charging temporarily, and if more energy is still needed then draw from the stationary storage. Clouds move out of the way then recharge the stationary storage to an adequate buffer level first, then ramp up the EV charging once again. I do this manually with my JuiceBox, combined with my solar panels and energy monitoring. My Leaf gets over 90% of its charge direct from my solar production, not NET, but direct! My hopes is that once I get a PowerWall 2 that then that becomes the buffer and I don’t have to do it manually, set the car to charge at about a 4 KW rate and let the PowerWall be the buffer between solar… Read more »

How do you do it manually? Is there a protocol that your inverter and EVSE communicate through regarding availabile power?

If you are interested in more info, I can provide some screenshots if you email me. Tim dot Edmonson at gmail point com

A properly done V2G should be able to:

1) modulate vehicle charge rate based on grid demands

2) add energy to the grid when the need arises

It is not an either / or proposition.

Very nice TimE: charging direct from solarpanels to your EV. How do you do that? plugging from solar, switching either DC direct to the DC plug of the EV, nothing in between? Does both voltages compare in every solar situation?

The inverter converts the power to AC as normal, I have an eGauge energy monitoring system that shows how much energy is being produced and how much is being used, this effectively shows how much energy is being drawn from the grid, and how much is being sent to the grid.

EMotorWerks for the JuiceBox Pro allows you to set the maximum Amps that the EVSE will provide via an online portal. This can be set as low as 6 Amp, to as high as 40 Amp in 1 Amp increments (or up to 75 Amp if you have the JuiceBox Pro 75 product), or you can tell it to start / stop the charging. This allows me to effectively charge my vehicle just with the excess AC being generated. There’s typically about a 1 second delay after changing the Amps vi the online portal to when the charge rate adjusts.

EGauge provides data that can be used programmatically, and supposedly eMotorWerks is developing an API that could be used, once EMW actually has their API ready I will likely write a small program to adjust the rate automatically.

Great to hear, Tim, that you were able to set up charging from the sun using your JuiceBox! We are working on the product extension now that will automate it for any solar household. You will see it in December …

Allright TimE, so no direct charging in DC, but normaly converted from SOLAR-DC to AC, measured and compared with the other AC-flows and than adjusting the charging-current. NICE, so I can use this also on my SOLAR systems combined with my GM-Opel-Ampera. Is the eGauge on 110Volt or 230Volt?

Kinda sucks to when you decide to take your EV for a trip, just to realize it has just been discharged by the power grid.

Strange… where are all the CCS puppets? Where is all the “CHAdeMO is dead” propaganda?

CHAdeMO is dead

And yet… here it is, still leading. Do you get paid by the word, or post, or ????