Cars could charge homes with new EV unit

The UK’s first domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) unit is to be installed at a home in Loughborough. That’s according to Cenex, the Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies, which […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK’s first domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) unit is to be installed at a home in Loughborough.

That’s according to Cenex, the Centre of Excellence for low carbon and fuel cell technologies, which has announced the move as part of its Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems (EFES) project.

The innovative new system will power a home through the owner’s electric vehicle (EV).

The company hopes to showcase the interaction of EVs as battery storage within a domestic property and how this feature can be incorporated into the wider energy system.

The £1.8 million project is being completed over three years, starting in December 2017.

Cenex is to use project data to put together a business case for domestic scale V2G in the UK and believes the installation will act as a catalyst for future innovation.

Robert Evans, CEO at Cenex, said: “Cenex is delighted to be at the forefront of this important new research into the domestic scale use of V2G power systems.

“Installation of the UK’s first domestic V2G unit marks a significant landmark for the country’s manufacturing and innovation, not to mention our efforts to move toward a low carbon economy.”

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