Innovation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems

Background:

Working with The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are providing funding of £20 million for innovative projects that develop future vehicle-to-grid (V2G) products, services and knowledge. This amount will be shared between 3 competitions.

V2G is a system where plug-in electric vehicles, such as battery electric cars (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV), return electricity to the power grid with consent from their users. This is usually in return for a financial reward or benefit.

The three V2G competitions are for:

  1. Collaborative feasibility studies: Proposals should investigate future business models, consumer engagement approaches, and on and off-vehicle technologies and standards. Projects should last up to 12 months. They should range from total project costs of £125,000 to £225,000.
  2. V2G demonstrator trials in real-world environments at scale. Projects should last up to 3 years. They should range from total project costs of £1.5 million to £7 million.
  3. Collaborative research and development: Proposals should be for innovative V2G technologies (on- and off-vehicle technologies, and V2G hardware and software). Projects should last between 18 months and 3 years. They should range from total project costs of £375,000 to £1.5 million.

Scope:

As the fleet of electric and plug-in hybrid, ultra low-emission vehicles (ULEVs) grows, this important and rapidly developing area of technology has the potential to benefit vehicle users and support a more efficient electricity system.

The objectives are to achieve one or more of the following:

  • build confidence in and demonstrate the value of V2G technology to vehicle manufacturers, ULEV owners and users. The aim is to encourage significant take-up of ULEVs in the coming 5 to 10 years
  • learn how to engage ULEV owners and users and understand their attitude to different V2G technologies, products and services
  • demonstrate the technical and commercial potential for ULEVs to support the electricity system, either directly to the power grid or other local systems (for example, vehicle-to-building)

We are seeking innovative solutions in the following V2G areas:

  • business models, technology and service standards
  • understanding user acceptance and consumer engagement
  • on- and off-vehicle hardware, including bi-directional chargers, battery hardware and software, and cyber security
  • trials of different products and services in different scenarios

Project teams should include partners from across the V2G value chain. Projects should bring together participants from the traditional automotive and energy communities with other infrastructure providers, particularly for demonstrator projects.

Key Dates:

Competition opens – 10 July 2017

London briefing event – 9 August 2017

Brokerage event – 17 August 2017

Competition closes – 18 October 2017 12:00pm

Applicants notified – 15 December 2017

If you are interested in this competition?

Please email the Innovation SuperNetwork team at angela@supernetwork.org.uk or complete the form below so we can help you and guide you through the application process.

(Direct links – please cut and paste into browser:

Feasibility studies – https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/38/overview

Real-world demonstrators – https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/29/overview

Collaborative R&D – https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/33/overview)

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