The first Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) program connected to New York City’s grid has launched in Brooklyn. The project is a collaboration between Revel – an electric mobility and infrastructure company – V2G provider Fermata Energy, and NineDot Energy. V2G is a bidirectional charging system that can charge and discharge electric vehicles in order to support grid resilience by providing the grid with energy in times of high demand.
The system, which has been installed in Revel’s Brooklyn warehouse, is made up of three Fermata Energy bidirectional chargers which operate on a cloud-based platform. Based on an interconnection agreement with Con Edison, the chargers send energy from the vehicle batteries to the grid from 2–6pm – local energy demand peaks – exporting approximately 45kW back to the grid. Currently, it is only compatible with Nissan LEAF electric vehicles, but has plans to incorporate more models as the V2G technology continues to develop.
“With the right technology, EVs support grid resilience, rather than acting as just a grid drain. That’s an important change that New York and Con Edison are bringing to the industry,” said David Slutzky, CEO & Founder of Fermata Energy. “Both Revel and NineDot are forward-thinking companies that understand the importance of V2G and V2X technologies in supporting the grid and decarbonization, and we are honored to be working with them.”
The project is partly funded by a NineDot Energy grant from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) with support from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Paul Suhey, COO & Co-Founder of Revel said, “As EV adoption continues to grow in New York City, V2G will be crucial to managing energy use and grid capacity. Revel is proud to partner with Fermata Energy and NineDot Energy to launch this first-of-its kind programme in our home borough of Brooklyn.”