Rob De Vogelaere, V2G Project Manager from eNovates shared some details about these chargers:
All chargers were supplied by eNovates, an electric vehicle charging solutions specialist based in Lokeren, Belgium. As well as providing wallbox and public charging solutions, eNovates design and manufacture a 10 kW bidirectional V2G unit. Cenex purchased five of these following a due diligence and procurement exercise, and University of Warwick purchased two units.
Some of the key features of the eNovates’ unit which resulted in its selection are:
- Designed for the UK electricity system – 3 phase, 400 V, 50 Hz
- G99 type tested as well as all other necessary product compliances, accreditations and CE marking.
- Open Chargepoint Protocol (OCPP) v1.6 allowing for connection by CrowdCharge to the EV-elocity back-office for remote monitoring and control to allow a wide variety of business cases.
- A more compact size than many other V2G units allowing for wall-mounted or pedestal mounted installations.
- RFID user authentication
- Tethered CHAdeMO connector (as V2G is for now only possible with the CHAdeMO charging protocol)
eNovates were also able to fit the units with custom covers, designed by Cenex, which not only identify the project and its key stakeholders, but provide the user with links to the project website and user guide. Providing user information in this way in real-time is invaluable given that EV-elocity is a public demonstrator and the eNovates units will be used by multiple drivers.
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The Project EV-elocity is part of the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) competition, funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), in partnership with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.
In January 2018, OZEV and BEIS announced that 21 projects (8 feasibility studies, 5 collaborative research and development projects, and 8 real-world v2g trial projects) were to receive funding of £30m to develop the business proposition and the core technology to support Vehicle 2 Grid deployment in the UK, including its demonstration with large scale trials.
The projects involve more than 50 industrial partners and research organisations from both the Energy and Automotive sector, marking the largest and most diverse activities on V2G in the world, and trialling more than 1,000 vehicles and V2G charger units across UK.
The V2G projects represent a significant step towards the transition to a low carbon transportation and a smart energy system. Allowing EVs to return energy to the Power Grid when parked and plugged for charging, will increase Grid resilience, allow for better exploitation of renewable sources and lower the cost of ownership for EV owners, leading to new business opportunities and clear advantages for EV users and energy consumers.