Cenex was established in 2005 as the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies. Today Cenex operates as an independent not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the delivery of projects, supporting innovation and market development, focused on low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure.
Cenex has an established track record of undertaking research and development into the market dynamics for low carbon transport. In addition, Cenex participates in a number of demonstration projects to promote UK market development and competitiveness in low carbon automotive technologies including electric, hydrogen, and biomethane fuels.
The lessons learned from these projects are used to build on our existing knowledge base and to advise and facilitate the appropriate deployment of UK low carbon automotive technologies and fuels.
The University of Nottingham (UoN) is a leading international institution that teaches 43,000 students annually and is the number one choice among the UK’s top graduate employers. In the Faculty of Engineering, where the EV-elocity Project investigators are based, more than 98 per cent of research is of international quality, with 85 per cent graded as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
This includes the multi-award winning £2.5M Creative Energy Homes project and £6M Project SCENe, which focuses on new ways of providing affordable, environmentally sustainable housing and community energy networks. These projects also explore the feasibility of smart-grid and energy storage technologies to meet the next generation of energy demand. The investigators in this project are linked to UoN’s Energy Technologies Research Institute, a leading international centre for multi-disciplinary energy research, with a reputation for excellence across a broad range of technologies including energy storage and electrical grids, with a current energy research grant portfolio in excess of £40M. UoN brings a multi-disciplinary team to EV-elocity Project.
WMG is a multi-disciplinary academic department at the University of Warwick, with a broad range of applied engineering, science and technological research and teaching. The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading universities, based in the heart of England on the outskirts of Coventry. WMG has historically focussed on the automotive and aerospace industries, but it has expanded into a wide variety of industries including construction, defence, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, digital technologies, healthcare, finance and rail. Amongst other entities, WMG contains the Energy Innovation Centre and WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult, under which a large range of battery- and EV-related research takes place. The research for the EV-elocity project will take place within the Energy Systems group.
Leeds City Council is the local authority of the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It is a metropolitan district council, one of five in West Yorkshire and one of 36 in the metropolitan counties of England, and provides the majority of local government services in Leeds. Since 1 April 2014 it has been a constituent council of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Nottingham City Council is a leading public sector organisation in energy and sustainability. This year the council’s political leader signed the UK100 pledge committing the city to 100% green energy by 2050 and it has already met its 2020 target to reduce emissions by 26%, currently standing at 33%.
The Energy Services Directorate is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing the energy infrastructure for Nottingham City and contributing low carbon objectives. It manages the largest District Heat Network in the UK, heating 5000 homes and providing heat and electricity to 150 businesses, has installed Solar PV on 5000 homes and 47 commercial sites, has commissioned over £2.2M of energy efficiency projects and set up Robin Hood Energy, the first not-for-profit energy company owned by a local authority to tackle fuel poverty.
CrowdCharge is a smart, aggregated platform that integrates and optimises smart electric vehicle chargers (including vehicle-to-grid) to help ensure a great experience for EV drivers whilst helping to balance the electricity system.
CrowdCharge (and our sister company and EV leasing specialist DriveElectric) has been working closely with UK electricity networks (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Western Power Distribution) since 2013 to understand the impacts of EVs on the electricity system, and to implement aggregated smart EV charging solutions to address this. Through EV innovation projects such as My Electric Avenue and Electric Nation (the World’s largest home smart charging trial at the time), the CrowdCharge demand management platform was developed.
CrowdCharge already has extensive experience of smart (V1G) and V2G charging (this includes four V2G projects to date). Vehicle to Grid (V2G) is anticipated to play a huge part in the future balancing of the grid electricity networks as well as National Grid, as we see the future EV electrification continue to rise. For the end user, V2G has the opportunity to generate revenue for EV owners by selling energy back to the grid at times of peak demand.