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Aston University commissions permanent electric vehicle to grid charging system

Another milestone for the development of Vehicle-to-Grid:

Austin University prepares the first V2G charging system, to be installed at the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), connected to EBRI’s private wire switched micro-grid. To ensure that the charging system works effectively within micro-grids, EBRI is developing an intelligent control algorithm for distributed energy resources that continuously optimises when the charging station consumes and returns power to its network.

This new combination of technology and service offering improves the sustainability and resilience of the energy system by reducing the need for stand-by generation from fossil fuels, unlocking greater deployment of non-dispatchable renewable generation and creating revenue for the electric vehicle (EV) charging system infrastructure owner.

Aston’s research on intelligent control systems and business model development for distributed energy resource management systems is undertaken as part of the Itheca project, supported by InnovateUK. In addition, EBRI is working with Cenex Ltd on the delivery of the vehicle to grid system and on investigating the various business models associated with V2G and intelligent EV charging.

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