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Nissan signs ground-breaking innovation partnership with Northern Powergrid

Thu 25 May 2017 | Back to news list

Nissan and electricity distribution company Northern Powergrid have announced that they have signed an agreement that will see them co-operate over the next six years on a series of innovation projects to explore how EVs, batteries, and smart technologies can support energy networks. Meanwhile, Shell has announced it is testing technology to intelligently manage how electric vehicles draw charge from the grid.

Northern Powergrid supplies power to 3.9 million homes and businesses while Nissan is one of the world's leading suppliers of electric vehicles, spearheaded by the Nissan Leaf model.

One of the biggest barriers to mass adoption of electric vehicles is likely to be the challenge of the ability of the grid to cope with new patterns of power demand.

The companies will explore how new technologies can enhance the capacity, capability and resilience of the northern region’s power network to make it more active and responsive to the growing and changing demands of both domestic and commercial customers. 

Northern Powergrid is also expected to support Nissan's existing Intelligent Mobility blueprint, which aims to show how EVs can work in conjunction with the grid through so-called vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies to better manage peaks and troughs in supply and demand.

Reported by Business Green, Jim Cardwell, head of trading and innovation at Northern Powergrid said: "Building on what we are already doing around innovation projects, this signals the start of a ground-breaking industry partnership to explore new innovations that could support the creation of smarter, greener energy networks and help shape future technologies to support the efficient roll-out of electric vehicles." 

Meanwhile, in a separate initiative, Shell is reported to be developing smart charging technology to prevent battery-powered cars causing blackouts.

Shell said it had tested the service, which intelligently controls when cars draw electricity from the grid, in London, Hamburg and San Diego, and was drawing up plans for its commercial deployment.

The LowCVP's EV Network Group is working to facilitate cross sectorial understanding and optimum allocation of the investment in vehicle technology, recharging infrastructure and network capability.

The group is bringing together the low carbon automotive and utilities sectors, acting as the conduit for information to be shared between the sectors and UK Government. The Group aims to drive forward solutions that will allow electric vehicles to work in harmony with the UK electricity distribution network and intends 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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