Honda Accord plug-in will help standardize Power Grid Integration
The principle is a relatively simple one. Much like selling surplus power back to a regional utility via a residential integrated solar panel array, the University of Delaware is proposing the same for your plug- in, EV or Hybrid. Well, not exactly…
What we're truly looking at here is a surplus energy swap through a bitmap controller, that allows the idle car to communicate with the regional power grid manager. In the case of an electric car, the owner will control the amount of stored power “sold” back to the grid. In this example, we sight PJM Interconnection, the largest grid manager on the East Coast.
My hat comes off to Research Director Willett Kempton for launching the concept program in 2004. I like it, and we’ll need it…
I believe that in the not too distant future, the majority of automobiles on the road will be some form of fuel cell-EV or plug-in EV. Fossil fuel will be a thing of the past, and Grandpa’s 57 Chevy will be converted into living room furniture. Smog will be a problem of the past. Nuclear waste? That's for another story.
Here’s how it will work.
Your Accord plug in or FCEV(if it has plug -in capacity) will reverse -flow excess battery storage capacity back into the power grid via a controller developed through the UD’s Center for Carbon Free Integration. You can read about the program here. Assuming that electric car production reaches critical mass in the not too distant future, this energy swap will be critical in maintaining grid-flow during peak energy usage hours. And that’s a big if.
The partnership project between UD and Honda is on an ‘ experimental’ basis. For the program to be successful, a major manufacturer such as Honda would agree to integrate UD’s board into mass produced EV’s. BMW is also on board with the project.
This is how Honda see’s it...The technology to send power in two directions is new, said Marcos Frommer, a spokesman for Honda. There are technical and regulatory obstacles that need to be overcome, but eventually they envision using it in electric vehicles offered for sale, Frommer said.