Co-Funded with EECA, Northpower is understanding how (Vehicle to Grid) V2G technology can benefit networks and consumers.
V2G technology has the potential to enhance the interaction between the electricity network and EVs and be a key part of a smart electricity network. EVs with V2G technology could be used to support parts of the electricity network and also have applications in crisis management and outages.
Smarter electricity network and EV interaction may reduce costs for both consumers and the network through allowing greater capacity for the network to host EVs with less investment.
V2G technology can take advantage of the benefits of new electricity pricing structures, charging and storing electricity when the network is not constrained and energy prices are cheaper, and utilising it at peak periods (supported by Northpower’s new ‘time of use’ pricing structures).
We're taking people from our community with your average kiwi vehicles, and we're switching them out for electric ones.
They'll also be set up so that they can pull energy from the grid to charge the car, and then pull it back from the car to power the house if needed.
Follow along as we compare costs, give you data and ultimately let you know how much of a difference it makes.
This trial means our customers will be among the first in NZ to get hands-on experience with using the latest technology. We’ll be monitoring how energy use is affected by utilizing the EV as an energy source, and any impacts on our network – along with investigating the potential of customer technologies to ultimately help reduce costs for all network users.
Watch this space for further updates as the trial takes off!
This V2G project would support the objectives around: