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A new study has been launched to assess the commercial feasibility of deploying vehicle-to-grid infrastructure in London.[quote] The research scheme is being led by UK construction and civil engineering company Costain in partnership with Innovate UK and non-profit clean vehicle consultancy Cenex.

The study will assess the “ability of electric vehicles to act as mobile storage units which can be called upon to discharge their energy to the grid during peak times,” says Business Green. [PG&E proposes EV charging infrastructure buildout]

Research efforts which will be carried out over a period of a year, will be based in the West London area of Old Oak Common, which is expected to swell by 25,000 new homes and 55,000 new jobs over the next 15 years following the arrival of new train links.

The Old Oak Common is undergoing regeneration to transform the areas into a hub for sustainable smart city technology.

Engineers from Costain will work with Cenex over the next 12 months to develop a business case for installing vehicle-to-grid infrastructure, including specialist bi-directional charging points and smart grid technology, in the area. [Consumers Energy plans to install 800 EV charging stations]

"Smart, integrated transport and infrastructure systems are becoming a priority for cities throughout the UK," Matt Davies, business development manager at Costain, said in a statement.

"Our customers are increasingly seeing the benefits of applying smart energy technology across major infrastructure and transport developments. 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."

Electric vehicles to relieve pressure on the grid

Business Green adds that earlier this week, a report Electric vehicles and the energy sector - impacts on Europe's future emissions from European Environment Agency (EEA), warned the large-scale rollout of electric cars will drive up demand for more electricity generation, unless other sectors such as households and industry do not take steps to reduce their consumption.

The agency also stressed it is critical for road transport and energy sectors to work closely together to manage additional stress on the grid from electric cars.