Enel Energia announced in early May it has installed two vehicle-to-grid (V2G) electric car charging stations at the Genoa headquarters of the Italian Institute of Technology.
The deployment is part of MOV-E, a corporate electric car sharing pilot project in collaboration with Nissan.
The zero-emission mobility solution will support the eventual bidirectional charge management between the EV and electric grid.
According to a joint statement, the trio views V2G technology as enabling e-cars to be "real batteries on wheels", able to store unused power and discharge it to the grid.
Nissan has delivered two 100% electric vehicles - the LEAF model - to the Italian Institute of Technology as well as an App Management Platform called Glide.
The pilot project comes as a result of a partnership between Italian Institute of Technology and Enel Energia, which was launched in February 2016 when a MoU for research, industrialisation and integrated application of products, services and innovative solutions in the field of energy efficiency and distributed generation was signed.
V2G charging - value for customers and utilities
Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s Head of Innovation and Sustainability, said V2G can improve the electric sector’s performance as well as create value for electric vehicle owners.
“The pilot falls in line with Enel's vision of innovation, while contributing to improving climate conditions. In the light of our 'Open Innovation' approach, Enel has also signed an agreement with the Italian Institute of Technology for the development of innovative technologies and solutions in the field of energy efficiency, renewable sources and distributed generation, which form an important part of the search for new sustainable energy alternatives.'
V2G service offerings
This is not the first time that Enel and Nissan have collaborated on V2G projects. The companies launched a fully commercial V2G hub in Denmark for the Danish utility Frederiksberg Forsyning. The utility purchased 10 Nissan e-NV200 zero emission vans and 10 V2G chargers were installed. Recently, 17 additional chargers have been installed across the country.
V2G charging technology and EVs are expanding the range of services available to future energy management systems. When vehicles are stationary, the EV batteries transmit power into the network, helping to stabilise it and offering grid balancing services to Transmission System Operator Energinet.dk, in return for remuneration.
These activities are already at play in the UK where 9 V2G chargers have been installed at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield and another at Newcastle University.