May 28, 2020: Work has begun in Turin, Italy on the largest vehicle-to-grid project in the world, partners Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Engie EPS said on May 20.
The automaker selected energy group Engie EPS to build the infrastructure for the project, which is being installed with compliance to safety regulations necessitated by the coronavirus outbreak.
Phase 1 of the project, the construction site for which is now open at the Drosso logistics center, will accommodate 64 two-way fast charging points, controlled centrally in a system designed and built by Engie.
The 32 V2G columns, with two charging points on each, will be installed by the end of July, with the infrastructure extended to interconnect up to 700 electric vehicles by the end of 2021, the companies said.
“In its final configuration, the project will be capable of supplying up to 25MW of regulatory capacity, making it the largest V2G facility every built in the world,” said FCA.
Carlalberto Guglielminotti, Engie CEO, said: “We are continuing to build the country’s future in partnership with FCA, by developing the technology required for the electricity grid to support deployment of electric cars. At the same time, the project will also help to stabilize the network.”
“By aggregating with other FCA assets at Mirafiori in Turin — including 5MW of solar panel capacity — this V2G infrastructure will become a true virtual power plant, indeed the most innovative one in Italy,” said FCA.
“It will have the capability to provide a high level of resource optimization to the equivalent of 8,500 homes and a wide range of service to the network operator, including ultrafast frequency regulation.”
Robert di Stefano, head of EMEA e-mobility at FCA, called the project a “laboratory to experiment on and develop an offering to add value in the energy markets.
“On average, cars remain unused for 80%-90% of the day,” he said. “During this long period, if connected to the grid by V2G technology, customers can therefore receive money or free energy in exchange for the balancing service offered, without compromising their mobility needs in any way.”
Vehicle-to-grid technology is slowly gaining ground across Europe. In a webinar hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency in January, Francisco Boshell, IRENA’s team leader for renewable energy technology standards and markets, said total storage capacity in EVs would total 14TWh by 205. This is more than enough to support a grid system powered by wind and solar. This was 5TWh more than in stationary batteries, he said.
In the UK, the largest domestic trial of vehicle-to-grid technology is under way – click here to read our feature about it in the latest issue of Energy Storage Journal.