Clean energy in Nottingham
CleanMobilEnergy is a three year, European funded project which involves many partners across North West Europe working together to develop a Smart Energy Management System, integrating Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles.
Nottingham City Council has secured funding to deliver a City Pilot demonstrator as part of the project and will install an innovative ‘vehicle to grid’ (V2G) commercial electric vehicle charging at Eastcroft Depot. The project is Project Managed by the Energy Projects Service and is a collaboration between Fleet, Transport Strategy and Energy teams. The project will seek to install:
- 40 battery electric V2G compatible vans and cars
- Up to 40 V2G bi-directional units to enable the vehicles to be used for energy storage and grid balancing
- A minimum of 88kW of solar photovoltaics at Eastcroft Depot
- A 378kW/676kwH lithium Ion battery,
- A purpose built ‘Interoperable Energy Management System’ to control energy flows
The demonstrator aims to maximise the use of locally generated renewable generation to cut the carbon emissions and costs associated with charging electric fleet vehicles, as well as reducing peak demand by using vehicles for short-term storage.
In order to support the new equipment required for the city pilot, ongoing fleet conversion and future proof the site, the electricity supply to Eastcroft Depot is being upgraded. Eastcroft will receive a new incoming HV supply and substation, along with a reconfigured LV supply on site. Energy Services will oversee the project, which are due to start in 20202, and continue for a duration of approximately 6 months.
Nottingham is participating alongside lead partner, the city of Arnhem, The Netherlands, as well as other partners from across North-West Europe: Gemeente Arnhem, POLIS Promotion of Operational Links and Integrated Services, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies, Transport for London, Europäisches Institut für Innovation - Technologie e. V., Walvoorzieningen Nederland B.V., and Institut d’aménagement et d’urbanisme de l’île-de-France.
The total project budget is €7.2 million which is partly funded by Interreg North West Europe, of which €1.6 million will be allocated to Nottingham during the project lifetime from September 2017 until March 2021.
The project is also part funded by Innovate UK through the EV-elocity project, providing just under £200,000 towards the V2G charging equipment. EV-elocity is a research and development project looking at increasing the uptake of electric vehicles through helping consumers to monetise their investment using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) innovation. The project is exploring new technologies, encouraging behaviour change and developing business models that will enable the sharing of the value V2G can bring to the grid, local and regional businesses and the consumer.
For more information, please go to the EV-elocity project website: www.ev-elocity.com