Government-backed Flinders University and its French electricity partner Engie have finally opened a new electric vehicle charging station with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability. The pilot project, funded by the South Australian government, enables EV batteries to replenish or serve as energy storage to support the power electric grid.
Flinders University also claims that the charging station utilizes pure renewable energy in all its activities. Notably, 20% come from the station’s built-in solar arrays.
For context, the V2G technology allows EV owners to store energy on their batteries when there is a high electricity supply, making it less expensive. Meanwhile, they can return their excess energy to the power grid during high demand, particularly during extreme heat and black-out.
Bi-directional charging technology is indeed helpful for households and even commercial businesses, especially during emergencies and high electricity demand.
For instance, a strong cyclone devastated many areas in New Zealand in February. In response, Ecotricity provided many vehicle-to-load (V2L) EVs to affected families that lost electricity access from the grid. These EVs enabled these families to open their refrigerators and charge their mobile phones while repairs were ongoing.
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Technologies like vehicle-to-grid (V2G) are gaining prevalence in today’s world, considering that there are increasingly more EVs that need electricity. That said, it would be unsurprising if there were more homes to have these technologies in the coming years.