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Year Amsterdam ‘Vehicle 2 Grid’ results

Through Electric Vehicle participation the energy autonomy more than doubled in Amsterdam household.

Goal of this ‘living lab’ in the Amsterdam Vehicle 2 grid project is to investigate the contribution of smart energy storage to sustainable urban development. Since April 2014 an Electric Vehicle participates actively in the electricity system, storing surplus of production during the day and providing this stored energy by night to a household in Amsterdam.
The electricity produced and consumed by this household is in balance over the year. But because production and consumption do not match 74% of the consumed electricity was injected in and extracted from the grid. This ‘energy in-balance’ increases rapidly due to growth of both electric vehicles and solar energy installations in cities. Besides unnecessary transporting and converting energy, the electricity grid suffers congestion peaks.

Artikel-V2G-2-juli-2015But smart solutions can turn problems into solutions. The project Amsterdam Vehicle 2 grid aims to demonstrate this in real life. Electric cars are parked most of the time, a fleet of electric cars could increase de facto the capacity of a city to run on renewable energy produced in or nearby the city.

The project has now over 1 year results. With smart use of the electric vehicle the grid dependence of the household dropped from 74% to 40%, while system optimisation and improvement is ongoing.

Renewable Energy potential & Electric VehiclesThis project allows the comparing of energy performance of a City without and with V2G technology. Further modelling and extrapolation to different scales of implementation in the city is done in collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.