DoE’s Argonne National Lab to use Aggreko battery in EV pilot


The US Department of Energy (DoE)’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has partnered with energy services company Aggreko for the provision of a smart battery energy storage system.

The battery storage system will be used by the DoE lab in a smart electric vehicle charging pilot at its Smart Energy Plaza near Chicago in Illinois.

ANL will demonstrate EV grid integration that leverages smart management of stored energy systems with co-located EV fast charging and solar photovoltaics to decrease grid impacts and reduce site owner energy costs. 

The 1MW 30-minute system enables fast- EV charging by providing peak power mitigation and power quality services. ANL will also gather data on EV charge profiles exceeding 200kW to quantify EV and charging system efficiencies and explore the impact on the grid.

The project is part of ANL’s government-funded research and development initiative aimed at developing sustainable and reliable fast EV charging solutions. Such solutions are expected to help accelerate the development of EV charging infrastructure to intensify EV adoption.

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In addition to the battery storage system, Aggreko will also provide other services to assess and improve the project’s performance. The plaza expansion and EV charging stations will also serve as assets for the ANL Employee EV charging programme.

Aggreko is using the project as part of its efforts to increase the number of projects the company is working with other firms in reducing carbon emissions and reliance on diesel fuels. Aggreko has a target to halve diesel usage and operate as a net zero business across all of the services it provides by 2050.

Karim Wazni, managing director of Aggreko microgrid and storage solutions, said: “The shift towards electric vehicles is an important factor in helping global decarbonisation efforts, but the infrastructure needed to support this is extensive and complex. The team at Argonne National Lab are playing an important role in removing the barriers to the adoption of EVs and supporting the broader rollout of this sustainable transport option and we are proud to be helping to achieve this. Our solution will not only make ANL’s energy infrastructure stronger and more flexible but will also monitor the impact of EV charge profiles and evaluate system efficiencies to support the fantastic work being undertaken by Argonne National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy.”

Donald Hillebrand, division director, energy systems, Argonne National Laboratory, said: “The movement toward low-carbon electric transportation systems is growing at an ever-increasing pace.  Battery energy storage systems are the key to making a modern and more responsive power grid that can support the expected growth in electric vehicles…The Aggreko battery energy storage system is useful in our research in that it is flexible, allows for fast deployment, and can be used in many different case studies.  We hope that our research findings using the Aggreko system will lead us to more solutions in electric transportation systems, grid reliability, and ultimately clean carbon-free transportation in the future.”