Vehicle-to-Grid at Hallward Library – University of Nottingham

The second vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charger installed at the University of Nottingham is located next to one of the most iconic buildings: Hallward Library. This building opened in 1972 and is the central library of the University Park Campus (I’m sure many of you are familiar with this building!). The library operates from early in the morning until late in the night; therefore, the highest energy demand is between 7am and 7pm.

A Nissan e-NV200 from the Estates fleet of the University of Nottingham will be charging/discharging at this Nichicon V2G unit. The energy demand patterns of the building in conjunction with the carbon intensity from the grid and the availability of the Estates’ vehicles to store and supply energy to the building, are the variables that EV-elocity will be analysing over the next year.

In collaboration with CrowdCharge, we are developing different charging profiles aiming to test the economic benefits behind the meter, reduce carbon emissions from the grid and the vehicles, and optimise the efficiency of the battery.

The installation of the charger was done by EV Charging Solutions, the back-office was led by CrowdCharge, and the commissioning and networking was done by Hangar 19.

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Blog by Dr Julie Waldron, Research Fellow, Building, Energy and Environment Research Group & Transport, Mobility & Cities @ Nottingham, University of Nottingham

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.


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