A California green energy startup, Nuvve, has recently begun a joint project with the University of California, San Diego. The project aims to revolutionize the current grid system in place at UC San Diego and open the way for future development of charging technology, by installing and testing a new system of two-way electric vehicle chargers. When there is a shortage of grid energy, owners of plugged in electric vehicles can choose to stop charging and feed electricity back into the grid. Owners who chose to do this would be paid for the energy they provide. The goal of this is to provide a solution for the ever-fluctuating availability of renewable energy. Renewable energy grids like solar or wind are dependent on weather, so on any given day these sources can produce too much or too little energy relative to consumer usage. To counteract the cost of generating unused surplus energy, some states have formed deals where they sell surplus energy to other states, rather than increasing the cost for consumers. Nuvva’s bi directional chargers provide a solution for the other issue: grid shortfalls. A full city grid using Nuvva’s style of bi-directional chargers could provide a buffer of consumer-supplied energy against grid shortfall. This system would help make EV charging and energy grids that incorporate renewable energy more efficient, and if this project is successful, it could lead to a new incentive for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and charging, as well as great steps forward for renewable energy as well.
By Peter Swann