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£20m Government funding to support innovative vehicle-to-grid projects

Tue 11 July 2017 | Back to news list

The Government has announced that £20m will be available to support vehicle-to-grid projects which help to create a smarter energy system and manage both the potential impacts and maximise the opportunities for the powergrid arising from growing electric vehicle use.
The projects will investigate technology that allows plug-in electric vehicles to not only draw power from the grid when charging but return it to people’s homes or back to the grid.
The DfT's press release says that there are already 100,000 electric cars and 11,000 chargepoints thanks to government support. As this number grows they become a resource for a smart electricity grid – bringing benefits for drivers and creating a more flexible and efficient energy system.
The new funding from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will be awarded to three types of innovative vehicle to grid projects:
  • Feasibility studies – investigating the ways vehicle to grid technology can be used in the future industrial
  • Research or experimental development - for example, to develop vehicle-to-grid charging equipment
  • Demonstrator trials in the real-world environment - projects that trial vehicle to grid technology in different locations across the country
The competition process will start in the next few weeks with the aim of winners being notified in December and projects starting in early 2018.
Note: The LowCVP's EV Network Group will facilitate dialogue between the low carbon automotive and utilities sectors, acting as the conduit for information to be shared between the sectors and UK Government. The Group will drive forward solutions that will allow electric vehicles to work in harmony with the UK electricity distribution network. It aims to act as a focal point to address both technological and infrastructural needs, to share research and to recommend measures to increase the number of electric miles driven on UK roads by 2030.

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