Japan is putting effort on V2G to Stabilize the Grid
Japan is working on promoting the use of renewable energy sources as a measure to reduce greenhouse gases and is aiming at a ratio of 22 – 24% renewables in 2030 . (Obviously, this is lower than the ratio achieved in Germany already, namely 33.3% ). However, Japan has seen a rapid adoption of solar power over the last years and is putting effort now on wind power, too. The implementation of renewables made apparent challenges like the stable running of the power grid.
This can be seen as one of the reasons the Japanese government and Japanese companies now pay attention to the creation of virtual power plants (VPP). The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has recently elected seven companies, namely TEPCO, TEPCO Energy Partners, TEPCO Power Grid, Hitachi Systems Power Service, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Shizuoka Gas and Hitachi Solutions, to receive grants under the “Sustainable open Innovation Initiative” (SII) for a demo projects that utilize consumer energy sources like electric vehicles.
Also with governmental support started a joint project of Toyota Tsusho, Chubu Electric Power and Californian Nuvve, claiming to be (Nuvve’s) first V2G project defined for Japan. The companies will build a V2G control system that groups together several vehicles batteries and they will install bi-directional chargers at parking facilities in Toyota city for demonstration tests. While Toyota seeks to generate new value for their EVs and PHVs, Chubu Electric will evaluate the influence of V2G on electrical grids from the perspective of a Transmission Operator.
Yet another player, Nissan, has announced a V2G demonstrator project, this time in Great Britain and with support of the British government. Apparently, Nissan targets 1,000 vehicle-to-grid installations across the UK. In cooperation with the Newcastle University and the Imperial College London, Nissan seeks to understand technical characteristics of multiple V2G charging, as well as the challenges for the grid. Given this development, it comes as no surprise that Nissan started to offer an “all in one solar storage package”, combining solar panels, a storage battery and, of course, a charger for the “Leaf” e-vehicle. Currently, Nissan’s solution is only available in the UK -while Tesla is selling in Japan, too.
It’s an interesting race with new cooperations across boarders!
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