ABB has long been a leader in the electric vehicle (EV) charging industry. This takes another step forward in the industry with 11kW two-way charging. The new charging station is accompanied by a vehicle-network partnership (V2G) in France with DREEV. The partnership will also extend to the UK, Italy, Belgium and Germany eventually.
Used to send electricity back to the grid when the grid could use it and the connected vehicles have a lot of load, ABB reports that each participating EV could earn up to € 20 / month under the system.
“Our cooperation with DREEV is one of the leading efforts in the world to bring true V2G technology to the field,” said Frank Muehlon, ABB’s global business manager for electric mobility infrastructure solutions. “ABB is a global market leader in fast charging solutions. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support DREEV in its mission to actively participate in making the network more resilient with V2G technology.
Not familiar with DREEV? Me too. But it’s actually a joint venture between two companies you may be familiar with – French energy giant EDF and San Diego cleantech firm Nuvve, which claims to be “the world leader in V2G technology.” . In the partnership with ABB, it looks like it will handle the software side of the partnership. Eric Mevellec, CEO of DREEV, is excited. “This cooperation with ABB is essential in taking our solutions to the next level. We are now ready to accelerate business development, ”he noted.
V2G has been a hot topic in this industry for years. Yet it is hardly applied in the market. Tesla’s co-founder and CTO for most of the company’s life, JB Straubel, explained a few years ago why Tesla never joined, even though he had considered doing so on several occasions. , and Elon Musk echoed those comments at the recent Shareholder / Battery Day meeting. Here is JB Straubel’s explanation in 2016:
“For your second question, about using vehicles as a buffer for renewable energy, that’s definitely something coming up, and I think there are two ways to implement it.
“The first is to use dynamic loading. It’s basically a smart command when the vehicles are taking their energy from the grid, you know, to match with available or cheap renewable energy. You know, this is something that we can do very easily with basically software and controls – we don’t have to change any hardware and no additional regulatory or certification work is required. It’s just basically controlling when something would otherwise happen.
“If we really want to send energy from the car back to the power grid, it gets a lot more complex and, you know, that’s something that I do not see being a very economical or viable solution – maybe never, but certainly not in the short term. You know, the extra wear and tear on your vehicle’s battery comes at a pretty high cost, and a lot of people and small businesses looking at that today, you know, don’t fully factor in that cost of degradation. , as well as the extra interconnect cost, because if you interconnect your vehicle you have regulations that play a role – it needs to interconnect the same way a solar system would on someone’s house or on a company, which have different standards so that they can protect line operators and people on the network. ”
However, the hardware and associated software continue to improve, and utilities may be increasingly keen to exploit this option. In addition, ABB is a fairly ideal company to drive this solution forward. ABB agrees: “ABB V2G technology is designed to be a crucial enabler and is a natural fit for ABB. Beyond its leading position in EV charging, ABB is also a major player in the service of utilities. V2G combines these two technological expertise and provides a concrete response to the energy challenges of network operators.
Also, being the power electronics giant, ABB is not working on it because it sees the option as a small game. ABB sees huge market potential in it. “Few electric cars currently support V2G, but it is expected to become a dominant technology within the next five years. And with the number of electric vehicles in circulation expected to increase to 559 million by 2040 and 33% of the global fleet will be powered by electricity, the global energy ecosystem must evolve to support this transition.
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