Singapore, 8 July 2021 – SP Group (SP) today announced the start of its trial of vehicle-to- grid1 (V2G) technology. A first in Southeast Asia, SP will test and verify the possibility of tapping energy stored in electric vehicles (EVs) to enhance grid reliability to cater for the demand on the power grid to support more than 600,0002 vehicles when Singapore phases out Internal Combustion Engine vehicles by 2040.
When charged, an electric vehicle stores energy in its Lithium-ion batteries. The vehicular batteries can act as small Energy Storage Systems (ESS). When renewable energy sources such as solar power fluctuate due to weather conditions, these ESSs can be a key solution to transfer energy back to balance the power grid. If V2G technology is proven viable, it can be a win-win for the electricity system and EV owners, acting as a cost-effective solution to supplement the larger ESSs to overcome intermittency while EV owners can be paid for use of the EV batteries when needed.
As the national power grid operator and a leading player in sustainable energy solutions, SP Group is taking the lead to harness V2G technology and cater for this increased demand while maintaining world-class reliability and stability of the grid.
SP is providing four V2G charging points at SP’s premises for the trial which will be completed in June 2022. It seeks to demonstrate V2G capability and applications including frequency regulation, the injection of power from EVs to reduce demand from traditional sources, mitigation of too high or low voltage in the distribution system, and EV charging during peak and off-peak periods.
Mr Stanley Huang, Group CEO, SP Group, said: “Our trial of vehicle-to-grid integration is another step towards supporting Singapore’s green energy transformation. At SP, we have dual roles to play. As the national grid operator, we are building a resilient and smart grid for the future, ensuring that our energy system caters to the increased load due to the conversion to EVs. To empower a sustainable energy future, we are proactively investing in and leveraging smart energy solutions to enhance our grid’s capacity for renewable energy sources.“
SP announced its investment in The Mobility House (TMH) in September 2020 to explore vehicle-to-grid feasibility, and is increasing its investment in the V2G technology leader in Europe. Operating from Munich, Zurich and Belmont (California), TMH provides a non- proprietary software for integrating vehicle batteries into power grids, using intelligent charging and storage solutions.
What is vehicle-to-grid?
1 Vehicle-to-grid or V2G enables the charged power to be pushed back to the power grid from the battery of an electric car to balance variations in energy production and consumption.
2 Source: Land Transport Authority, 2020