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Reference Number NIA_WPD_049
Title Electric Nation - PoweredUp
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Transport) 20%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 80%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 January 2020
End Date 01 July 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £2,594,486
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Western Power Distribution (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_WPD_049
Objectives In this project, up to 110 homes (minimum of 90) with existing EV users will be equipped with Vehicle to Grid (V2G) chargers to study and then manage the throughput of energy. To replicate the likely future situation, up to five energy service providers will be invited to provide unique V2G profiles which will be delivered via a Charge Point management platform (Crowd Charge); this should produce a wide range of use cases for which data will be gathered to produce charger use profiles. These profiles will be served to a network modelling tool (EA technology Network Assessment Tool) to model the effect on a range of networks at varying levels of EV penetration. In turn this modelling will be used to provide “V2G use envelope parameters” that will describe any constraints that need to be applied to the use of such assets. The constraints will then be distributed across the whole population of V2G installations taking into account the requirements for vehicle use. As part of this distribution, any restrictions to delivery of energy service will be identified on an event-by-event basis and the cost of any non-delivery evaluated. This should inform the value of incentives required for a commercial low voltage network demand/export response service to be offered by the Distribution System Operator (DSO). The scope of the project is to engage and recruit between 90-110 participants to install V2G charging and control equipment in domestic properties across WPDs four licence areas. The chargers will be split into various groups of similar size and assigned to the on-board energy suppliers (up to 5). Each supplier will then use their group of chargers to test their various energy services utilising Crowd Charges demand management charger platform which provides optimised charging sessions, whilst keeping within the DNO network limits. The effect of these services on the LV network will be modelled and reported on, including the use of this real world V2G data in a network assessment tool. The aims of the project are as follows: Explore and report on the impact of V2G charging on the LV network utilising end-user trial charging data and analysis. Demonstrate, via modelling, to what extent V2G can assist with management of LV network demand. Examine how sophisticated dynamic bi-directional energy services based on vehicle battery storage, from a variety of energy suppliers, may impact the LV infrastructure. Provide recommendations for policy and commercial frameworks on V2G services.
Abstract The Electric Nation V2G project will implement an EV bi-directional V2G charging platform to test the effects on low voltage networks for future use of this technology by electric vehicle users. The project will establish a network of between 90-110 V2G chargers within domestic properties. The chargers will be divided into 3 to 5 groups of circa. 25 units each; these groups will be offered to partner energy suppliers and aggregators who are offering or developing advanced energy services that can utilise battery storage. By utilising the Crowd Charge platform these partners will be able to easily and quickly experiment with charging and discharging the vehicle batteries to suit their energy trading requirements. The data gathered from the chargers will give a unique insight into possible future demands on the low voltage network driven by energy trading and grid services. Furthermore, the Crowd Charge platform will be used to control charging across the whole network, as an additional supervisory control layer, to keep within DSO specified current limits to simulate a constrained node in the LV network (feeder or substation). It is envisaged that an element of the properties may also have solar generation attached and study of the whole home demand will be included as part of the trial.
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Added to Database 02/11/22