Vehicle-to-grid technology has been highly talked about recently in a bid to build a sustainable power grid for the future of electric vehicles(EVs). The government has announced that they will invest £20m into the research and development of this technology. This development aims to help boost the transition to electric vehicles by being capable to return electricity from a vehicle to the power grid.
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 amount of EV’s on UK roads is seeing a rapid rise, with 100,000 electric cars already registered on our roads and around 11,000 charge points which was helped along by previous government investment. 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 £20 million announced today will be awarded to three types of innovative vehicle to gird projects:
- Industrial research or experimental development. For example, to develop vehicle-to-grid charging equipment.
- Feasibility studies which will investigate the ways vehicle to grid technology can be used in the future.
- Demonstrator trials in the real-world environment including projects that trial this technology in different locations across the country.
Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry said:
“The government is a world leader in tackling climate change and we are committed to investing in clean energy innovation to support the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy.”
“Vehicle to grid technology provides another opportunity for the UK to showcase to the world our leading expertise in research and development which is at the heart of our ambitious Industrial Strategy. This competition could unlock significant economic benefits for the UK – helping to create jobs in this burgeoning sector while helping to reduce our emissions.”