Cenex leading installation of the UK’s first domestic vehicle-to-grid unit

The Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems will offer an innovative new system to power the grid through electric vehicles in Loughborough

Loughborough, UK – 9 March 2017: Cenex – the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies – today announced the installation of the first domestic, UK built vehicle-to-grid unit in the UK.  Developed through the Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES) project, this is an innovative new system installed in Loughborough to power a home through the owner’s electric vehicle (EV). This UK installation will allow project partners to understand the management and interaction of EVs as battery storage within a domestic property and how this can be incorporated into the wider energy system.

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EFES is a collaborative project, through which a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) unit has been developed by Potenza Technology, a control unit developed by Moixa Technology, and the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) developed by Cardiff University.

Funded in part by Innovate UK and EPSRC, the £1.8m project is being completed over three years, and is expected to be delivered by December 2017. Cenex is using project data to understand the business case for domestic scale V2G in the UK, and believes this successful installation will act as a catalyst for future innovation.

Once installed, the V2G unit will also represent one of the UK pilots for the SEEV4-City project, a European project part funded by Interreg North Sea Region.  This project aims to support the transition to a low carbon economy in European cities, by combining EVs, renewable generation and smart energy management.

Robert Evans, CEO at Cenex, said, “Cenex is delighted to be at the forefront of this important new research into the domestic scale use of V2G power systems. Installation of the UK’s first domestic V2G unit marks a significant landmark for the country’s manufacturing and innovation, not to mention our efforts to move toward a low carbon economy.”

Paul Faithfull, Managing Director at Potenza Technology, said, “The potential of EV batteries to support the grid could transform how we power our economy, and the EFES system represents a significant first step toward realising that potential. We are proud to be part of the team collaborating on this installation.”

Chris Wright, Chief Technology Officer at Moixa, said, “Using smart technology to harness the battery power of EVs for the grid can offer UK consumers and the energy system lower costs, reduce carbon emissions and improve energy security. The Ebbs and Flows of Energy System is an exciting landmark in making V2G technology viable in the UK, and we are proud to be part of its successful installation.”

Dr. Liana Cipcigan, Reader at Cardiff University, said, “Mixed energy sources will power our economy in the future. The cloud-based Virtual Power Plant installed in the Ebbs and Flows of Energy System represents an important development for the UK energy sector. The success of this installation will have far-reaching impact on future energy innovation and diversifying the country’s energy mix. The cloud-based VPP solution is a collaborative work between the School of Engineering, represented by myself and the School of Computer Science and Informatics, represented by Prof. Omer Rana.”