Grid Edge Successfully Develops UK’s First Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Control Platform

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Together with Aston University, Nortech Management and ByteSnap Design, Grid Edge hasworked as part of an R&D project to successfully produce the UK’s first comprehensivecommunication and control platform for managing Vehicle-to- Grid (V2G) systems andelectrical networks.

The VIGIL project, which concluded this month, is funded by the Office for Low EmissionVehicles and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in partnership withInnovate UK. Its aim was to demonstrate how energy can be returned to the power grid when electric vehicles (EVs) are parked and plugged for charging. This allows for better exploitation of renewable sources and lowers the cost of ownership. It also enables new business opportunities and clear advantages for both EV users and energy consumers.

Grid Edge provided the distributed energy asset optimisation methods and controls in the project. The system developed allowed all of the assets to contribute to the overall site demand profile, each asset adjusting such that its individual service conditions and the overall transformer limits are met.

Tom Anderson, CEO and Co-Founder of Grid Edge said, “With growing demand for ‘charge-at-destination’ and ‘charge-at-work’ Electric Vehicle infrastructure, building operators are finding the scope of smart energy management is extending beyond the boundary of their building and into their car park.

“Grid Edge has a legacy of innovation having commissioned and operated the UK’s firstVehicle-to-Grid system in 2016. We’re continued to develop new AI technology, which integrates EV and BMS data into a single, intelligent system, enabling all flexible energy assets to be dynamically controlled as one, smart system.

”V2G represents a significant step in the UK’s transition to low-carbon transport and a smart energy system. The project successfully demonstrated the platform’s capability to monitor and control car charging/discharging and manage building energy dispatch in real time, while considering building and car user requirements as well as electrical network constraints.

More information about the platform and the project outcomes can be found here.

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