Control current by electric cars

The stabilization of the energy grid counts as one of the big promises of electromobility.

Car batteries should help to reduce variation in the grid by taking excess energy and save it for a short period of time. “Next Kraftwerke”, based in Cologne and “Jedlix”, based in Rotterdam, want to test this concept this year in the Netherlands.

The German energy service provider and the Dutch charging system provider have announced to offer storage capacity of Jedlix-customers (respectively their cars) on the current market, reports, the economics magazine for energy future.

The project is tendered by the Dutch transmission network operator Tennet, who continues a cross-sector series of pilot projects. Several companies search for a technically and economically practical system to market the storage capacity of electric cars, including eco-power provider Lichtblick, energy- and charging solutions provider The Mobility House from Munich, the inverter-producer SMA as well as Volkswagen and Nissan.

The project of Next Kraftwerke, Jedlix and Tennet, which is set to run for two years, should be much more profitable and usable than previous projects of this kind. From 2012 to 2015 Volkswagen, Lichtblick, SMA and IEE tested e-vehicles as decentralized storages to stabilize the grid in a project. This showed that participating car owners still had to live with considerable restrictions in usability of their vehicles.

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