UC San Diego expands INVENT pilot with V2G capabilities

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The University of California (UC San Diego) has expanded its vehicle to grid (V2G) pilot INVENT demonstration project with Nuvve Corporation.

Under the pilot, the two have upgraded the university’s free Triton Rides service by including an electric vehicle fleet.

The electric vehicle (EV) fleet includes vehicle-to-grid capabilities and an enhanced e-mobility service.

The V2G functionality will use bi-directional charging and grid services to optimise unused and renewable energy.

The project will enable energy flow between the EVs and on-campus microgrid. The development will help reduce the cost of maintaining EV infrastructure and energy costs, and for the university to reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2025.

The demonstration project also plans to use the university’s solar forecasting technology to inform its EV charging schedule and charge the vehicles with as many “green” electrons as possible.

UC San Diego is using a grant secured from the California Energy Commission and project partners SDG&E, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Hitachi to implement the INVENT demonstration project.

Gregory Poilsane, co-founder and CEO of Nuvve, said: “Using Nuvve’s bi-directional EV charging stations, UC San Diego can leverage V2G technology to strategically manage the charging and discharging of the Triton Rides vehicles in order to create a more stable and efficient microgrid.

“We are thrilled to provide EVs for Triton Rides EVs and be the bridge between this transportation service and the UC San Diego grid as we work together for a greener, more energy efficient campus.”

UC San Diego Police Sergeant Manuel Garcia, who oversees the campus’ Community Service Officer program. “It’s important that we are not only serving our students and faculty, but also helping the environment by encouraging the adoption of EVs for uses like this in college campus fleets.”