TenneT Provides Extra Electrical BMWs to the Electrical energy Assist Mission, Auto Information, ET Auto
New Delhi: Germany’s largest electricity network operator TenneT is pushing a pilot project to investigate the use of batteries in electric vehicles (EV) to stabilize electricity transmission networks, it said on Wednesday.
In a project started in 2019, around 20 BMW i3 electric cars were handed over to private customers, and a further 30 will be handed over to commercial fleet users in the next few weeks as part of the extended study, TenneT announced in a message.
The tests will connect the cars to charging infrastructure and power grids to promote renewable energy flows and maintain security of supply, it said.
TenneT and BMW belong to a larger group of partners from the public and private sector who will test relevant hardware and software over the three years.
Automakers are increasingly exploring connections between electric vehicles and power grids as the mass adoption of electric vehicles accelerates.
The so-called “bidirectional load management” means that electric vehicles can not only “fill up” with electricity, but can also send electricity back in the other direction when it is not needed by the car.
For example, owners of solar panels on the roof could maximize the use of self-generated green electricity and make money by sharing surpluses.
“We are interested in finding new ways to flexibly control the weather-dependent, renewable electricity production and thus relieve the power grid,” said Tim Meyerjuergens, Chief Operating Officer of TenneT.
TenneT is a key player in the transition to a carbon-free economy and operates the largest of Germany’s four power transmission networks as well as the network in the neighboring Netherlands, where the parent company is headquartered.
Maintaining frequency stability is a top priority, as Germany is installing ever more volatile wind and solar energy, while reliable capacities such as nuclear and coal generation are being taken off the grid due to climate and safety regulations.
The company recently completed its INR 120 billion Series A financing round from American philanthropist Kiran Patel, which intends to inject INR 30 billion to build its charger development and manufacturing facility for India and for export, it said .