Vehicle-to-Grid at Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council have completed the installation of six vehicle-to-grid (V2G) chargers across two local authority locations. There are five units installed at the Council’s busy Knowsthorpe Gate site. These units supplement existing charge point facilities which in turn support a number of the authorities’ large electric vehicle fleet.

V2G charger at Farnley Hall

The Knowsthorpe Gate is the base for several service areas, and has on-site catering facilities with commercial scale refrigeration and ovens which create a unique energy demand profile. Load balancing technology is in use at the site to assist with management of the energy demand. The building is not publicly accessible and is open for staff between 7am and 7pm with vehicle charging typically undertaken overnight when energy demand from the on-site services is low. There are 12 Nissan e-NV200 vehicles that operate from this site and these will be charging/discharging at these Nichicon V2G units.

Additionally, we have installed a Nichicon V2G unit at Farnley Hall, this is the Headquarters of the Parks & Countryside service. As well as being the administrative base for the service, the location also serves as one of the depots and workshop sites. There are 8 Nissan e-NV200 vehicles based at this location that will be utilising the V2G unit as well as the existing charge facilities at this site.

The energy demand patterns of the buildings at these two locations in conjunction with the carbon intensity from the grid and the availability of the estates’ vehicles to store and supply energy to the buildings, are the variables that EV-elocity will be analysing over the next year.

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

The installation of the chargers was completed by EV Charging Solutions, with the back-office and installation management led by 4th Dimension Technology / MyEVS.

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Blog by Andy Hickford, Project Manager, Sustainable Energy & Air Quality, Leeds City Council

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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