The first installations of equipment for the Vehicle-to-Grid Intelligent Control (VIGIL) project in the UK have been completed, allowing the consortium behind it to start gathering data and conducting tests.
Three Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charge-posts have been installed in Aston University. The VIGIL Active Network Management (ANM) equipment and V2G/Building Energy Management System (BEMS) controller are also ready for use, it was announced on Tuesday.
Aston University is partnering in the VIGIL project with ByteSnap Design, Grid Edge and Nortech Management. The goal of the consortium is to develop a new communication and control platform for Vehicle-to-Grid/Building (V2G/V2B) systems, which will manage EV/building energy dispatch and ensure that distribution network limits are not exceeded.
The university is studying V2G impacts on battery life and grid harmonics as part of the project. ByteSnap’s contribution includes a V2G OCPP EVSE controller which provides interoperability and control of any electric vehicle (EV) charger via the OCPP 2.0 standard, and a V2G mobile application. Nortech’s iHost platform hosts the VIGIL-ANM engine that determines a substation’s available capacity based on real-time network conditions.
A monitoring and control panel by Grid Edge is used in the V2G/BEMS controller, which connects to the building’s existing management and energy monitoring systems. Grid Edge uses the data to optimise dispatch so that the grid constraints are met and building performance and service are maintained as far as possible.
VIGIL in 2018 secured funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
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