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Vehicle-to-grid feasibility project for London

The project will be undertaken at the two West London locations of Old Oak Common and Park Royal

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Infographic of the Integrated Transport and Smart Energy Solutions

Smart, integrated transport and infrastructure systems are becoming a priority for UK cities

Old Oak Common hopes to become a low carbon and connected smart city development

Civil engineering firm Costain has embarked on a groundbreaking study to determine the feasibility of installing a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) infrastructure at two London locations.


Integrated Transport and Smart Energy Solutions for Major Urban Developments (ITSES) is a collaborative feasibility study that sets out to find new technical solutions and business models for integrating vehicle-to-grid.


V2G allows electric vehicles to act as battery stores while stationary. Vehicle owners can provide energy from their vehicles’ batteries to the National Grid at peak times when it needs to balance local supply and demand.


The year-long project funded by Innovate UK will be conducted at Old Oak Common and Park Royal, West London. More than 25,000 homes and 55,000 jobs are due to be created at Old Oak Common over the next 15 years, alongside a transport super-hub with new Crossrail and overground stations as well as a potential HS2 station nearby.


Old Oak Common area has hopes of becoming a low carbon and connected smart city development.


Costain will be collaborating with Cenex, a not-for-profit low emission vehicle research and consultancy organisation, over the next 12 months to assess the long-term carbon savings and develop a commercial business case for the installation of the V2G infrastructure.


“We’ll be using our expertise and experience within infrastructure and Cenex’s leading technical knowledge of charge point and integrated energy infrastructure to look at how feeding energy back into the grid from a significant number of low-emission electric vehicles can provide environmental, economic and social benefits, said Lara Young, carbon coordinator/environmental advisor, Costain, who is leading the project.


“Smart, integrated transport and infrastructure systems are becoming a priority for cities throughout the UK. Our customers are increasingly seeing the benefits of applying smart energy technology across major infrastructure and transport developments,” added Matt Davies, advisory services business development manager, highways at Costain.


“The Old Oak Common development shows one way we could reduce carbon emissions from transport and at the same time alleviate pressure on the UK’s energy demands.”


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