2020, A Biggly Bad Year: At Least EVs as a Grid Resource Made Headway
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- Dec 23, 2020 9:10 am GMTDec 23, 2020 9:09 am GMT
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2020 was a terrible year. Toward the end, a small light began to show us the way forward.
Not all was dark.
One of the few bright lights of 2020 was the Electric Vehicle and its battery. Who knew we would get so much done relative to vehicle-grid integration (VGI), vehicle-to-grid (V2G), and market trading?
Vehicle-Grid Integration – VGI
EV smart charging has been around for over a decade. The idea is to charge the EV when the grid can most afford to expend its valuable electrons. In the early days, many feared EV charging would overwhelm the grid, which would require building new coal and nuclear power plants just to keep the lights on. Now that wind, solar, hydro, and other renewables increasingly power the grid, the batteries of EVs serve as a massive sink for all that power.