Nuvve Announces Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Pilot Programs

JAN 3 2019 BY MARK KANE 5

V2G needs yet to breakout from pilot to the commercialization phase

San Diego-based Nuvve Corporation tries to bridge the gap between renewable energy and EV charging through the transition of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) from concept to commercialization.

It’s not an easy task, especially when bi-directional charging so far was done almost entirely using CHAdeMO standard, which currently is not the most popular among the new long-range EVs (with big batteries).

Anyway, Nuvve outlines global strategic partnerships and pilot programs, including the biggest project with up to 1,500 V2G chargers in UK.

Here is the list with several initiatives, which shows us the current stage of V2G developments:

  • Strategic partnership with EDF: Nuvve recently entered into a strategic partnership in Europe with EDF Group, a key player in low carbon energy, in support of the company’s Electric Mobility Plan. As part of these efforts, Nuvve and EDF Group will develop a joint venture to further develop EV and V2G solutions for the European market and support the generation of CO2-free power and the advancement of new electricity applications.
  • Smart charging pilot program with EDF Energy (EDFE): Serving as a first-step program of the EDF strategic partnership, Nuvve will be installing up to 1,500 of its V2G chargers configured with Nuvve’s Grid Integrated Platform (GIVe™) throughout the UK over the next several months. These chargers will support EDFE’s business customers and be used at its own work sites to provide additional energy storage capacity. The stored electricity will be made available for sale on the energy markets or for supporting grid flexibility at times of peak energy use.
  • Expansion of the University of California San Diego’s Triton Rides service: Building upon its collaboration with UC San Diego for its INVENT V2G demonstration project, the university recently added an EV fleet (five cars total) to its Triton Rides program, which provides free nighttime shuttle service to all UC San Diego students, staff and faculty. These new EVs, provided by Nuvve, will take advantage of the company’s V2G bidirectional charging stations around UC San Diego’s campus and will provide grid services, helping to inform the INVENT project’s use case of campus fleet vehicles to optimize unused and renewable energy.
  • Microgrid for Affordable and Sustainable Electricity in Remote Areas (MASERA) pilot project: A joint effort in Singapore between EDF, Enedis, and the Nanyang Technological University, this program will deploy a commercial offering, including Nuvve’s V2G software platform and bidirectional charging hardware, of an affordable and high-performance microgrid for isolated territories in Southeast Asia.
  • V2G charging/discharging demonstrations in Japan: In collaboration with Aichi Prefecture, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Chubu Electric Power Company, Nuvve will supply its V2G platform to initiate charging and discharging demonstrations with EV batteries and plug-in hybrid vehicles in order to survey the impact and potential for V2G systems on the power grid in Tokyo City, Japan.

Gregory Poilasne, co-founder and CEO, Nuvve said:

“Awareness for V2G technology and the impact it can have for businesses, the electricity grid, and the environment is gaining momentum. As proven by our recent partnerships and pilot programs, Nuvve is committed to fueling innovation in V2G technology to bridge the needs of electric power and electric transportation, support EV penetration targets, enable integration of renewable energy sources, and, most importantly, create a greener, cleaner planet.”

Kevin Mak, principal analyst, Strategy Analytics said:

“V2G technology is the aim for power companies in order to balance demand on the grid. To our knowledge, there is no other V2G technology provider that is as experienced as Nuvve or that can enable and time bidirectional energy flows between EVs and the grid, span both the automotive and power sectors, and realize new energy demand for multiple industry sectors.”

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Model 3 Owned - PW Owned - V2H support now!

Sitting here in San Diego — part of UCSD too — waiting for V2G/V2H to expand — so frustrating. At the very least Tesla should make powerwall extension into Tesla car to backup and support V2H powerwall — makes sense and doesn’t take away from the Powerwall installations or stability or sustained draw on the Tesla Car battery.

about 1/3-1/2 of our neighborhood have PV already and almost all of us have EVs too.

You, too, can now cycle (and wear out) your BEV’s battery pack to ensure that your local electric utility doesn’t have to invest in power storage infrastructure!

What a wonderful advancement! 🙄

Smart charging — letting the local utility decide when your BEV can charge during the night — makes sense. Letting the local utility cycle your BEV’s battery pack for grid energy storage… does not.

It is mostly the latter, controlling when your car charges (as your scheduled departure time allows) and some reverse power flow when prices make it worth your while. In the right market, it can pay the EV owner quite nicely. One common situation is to charge the car to 80%, and then when there is an over-supply on the grid, you charge a little more. If there is an under-supply situation later, you discharge back down to 80%. Small cycles have little effect on battery life. If you don’t want to play that market, then don’t sign up for it. No different than playing the stock market in that respect. Except that selling grids services form your EV is probably more profitable than the stock market and will get even more so as the renewable penetration of the grid increases. Another scenario would be free charging at work if you sign up to provide grid services, otherwise you pay for charging like everyone else. There are lots of ways to structure the transactions. But the bottom line is that the EV owner is always compensated for providing grid services, and only if they want to participate.
Model3 Owned- Niro EV TBD -Past-500e and Spark EV,

V2H is all about smart usage of electricity flow. With Tou-5 SDGE we charge the battery on the cheap. Solar PV is also cheap and with the PW2, we time shift costs quite easily and maximize low costs while zeroing out pk costs.

Even more, we do the OhmConnect dance with the PW2 and get paid for lower consumption.

Leveraging small loads on our battery (regardless of PW2 or our BEV) to the tune of 10kwh over 2 hours (that’s equivalent of driving 15MPH -20MPH x2 hours in BEV terms–if that’s wearing out the BEV battery dramatically — you’ve got serious issues). It’s weird how people have no trouble with rapid supercharging and or deep cycling or trouble with SOC or 0-60 times — that but as soon as a slow steady drain via V2H/V2G occurs — it’s terrible battery wear+tear strain. The PW2 warranty is longer than BEV and cycles deeper on a smaller range of SOC and size batterypack — all using the same darn cell size.

What’s okay for PW2 cells probably is just fine for the BEV cells too.

I would also love to see more V2G/ V2H all over the USA. It’s the next big GREEN step for renewables and Clean cars. I’ve read the Nissan LEAF now has it and BYD has had it on their cars. Tesla actually took it out of the 1st Roasters. They used the ACPropulsion controller and they has it in there.