‘Batteries on wheels’ roll in for Canberra storage trial

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Could your next car also power your home and help to stabilise the electricity grid? ARENA has announced funding for an ACT power company ActewAGL to show that a fleet of electric vehicles can provide similar grid services to big batteries and virtual power plants. The Canberra Realising Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Services (REVS) trial will become one of the world’s largest vehicle-to-grid demonstrations, deploying 50 new EVs in the ACT Government fleet and one in ActewAGL’s own fleet. The trial will use the second generation Nissan Leaf, which became the first electric vehicle available in Australian to be equipped with bidirectional charging capability when it launched locally in mid-2019. Like all production EVs, it can be charged from mains power or rooftop solar, but is unique in its ability to send electricity back to the electricity network. The Nissan Leaf electric vehicle being charged. ActewAGL will use the cars 40 kWh batteries to provide backup power and discharge electricity to the grid, store excess renewable energy and provide services that help to stabilise the network. The Australian National University is partnering on the project to demonstrate that the vehicle-to-grid concept can work at scale in the real world. ANU research […]

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