Amsterdam pilots V2G charging
Charging station supplier NewMotion, network specialist Alliander, tech company Enervalis and innovation platform Amsterdam Smart City have set up a pilot on Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging in the Dutch capital.
V2G charging allows EVs to feed power back into the grid, thereby helping to balance out the peaks and troughs of network energy supply. In so doing, the flexible, two-way charging system turns EVs into a potential source of income for their operators.
The pilot allows EVs to either be charged or to deliver electricity directly to the local network of the participating organisation – a principle known as 'Vehicle to Office' (V2O). The Amsterdam pilot is not the first test of V2G technology in the Netherlands; an earlier experiment in Utrecht has resulted in the so-called Lombox-net, in a city area called Lombok.
“We're forecasting that there will be about a million EVs in the Netherlands by 2025. Their storage capacity can help even out the supply of energy, which will become more irregular as we generate more of it via decentralised means such as solar and wind”, says Sytse Zuidema, CEO of NewMotion.
The pilot is part of a Europe-wide project called City Zen, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of cities across the EU.