"Australia’s biggest array of bi-directional vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging
technology has been unveiled at South Australia’s Flinders University as part
of a landmark EV charging hub.
A joint venture between French energy giant Engie and Flinders University will
feature 10 vehicle-to-grid charging stations, along with another 15 AC chargers
for use by Flinders staff and students, and another four charging DC fast
charging bays that will be open to the public.
The V2G chargers are a landmark event for Australia, and are designed to play a
role in providing back-up and key services to the South Australian grid when
needed, and will show how EVs can be harnessed as “batteries on wheels” to
support the state’s wind and solar dominated grid in periods of peak demand.
The V2G charging bays can charge and discharge electricity to the grid,
creating a virtual power plant (VPP) at the university. It can only be used by
compatible EVs – which at this stage is limited largely to Nissan Leaf EVs –
but which will eventually include most other EVs as they adopt the technology.
“Somebody needs to go first, somebody needs to trial it,” says Flinders
University chief operating officer Mark Gregory. “We need a way to store
renewable energy, and this is brilliant solution that also solves the
transportation emissions problem.”
South Australia, which already sources more than 70 per cent of its grid demand
needs from wind and solar, expects to host about 170,000 EVs on its roads by
2030, and up to 1 million EVs will be integrated into the electricity system
over the next 20 years."
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