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VIGIL

Aston Electric Vehicle

 VIGIL (Vehicle-to-Grid Intelligent Control) is a two-year collaborative project, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in partnership with Innovate UK.

EBRI and PEMPS (Power Electronics, Machines and Power System Group), together with a consortium of industrial partners including Nortech ManagementGrid Edge, and ByteSnap were awarded funding following a successful Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) competition. The grant will support Aston University’s leading research in V2G technologies.

The aim of the VIGIL project, which started in March 2018, is to develop a new communication and control platform for Vehicle-to-Grid/Building (V2G/V2B) systems: an off-vehicle system that controls how, when and the rate at which electric vehicle batteries are charged and discharged with respect to local substation constraints and building energy requirements.  A communications adaptor will be developed to ensure the flexibility and compatibility of the VIGIL platform with different manufacturer’s V2G charge-points. A V2G mobile application will be also delivered, together with an optimised building management system.

In January 2018, OLEV and BEIS announced that 21 projects were allocated funding of approximately £30m to develop the business proposition and core technology around V2G, and demonstrate those with large-scale trials. More than 50 industrial partners and research organisations from both the Energy and Automotive sectors are involved across the projects, marking the largest and most diverse activity on V2G in the world, with trials of more than 2700 vehicles across the UK.

The V2G projects represent a significant step towards the transition to low-carbon transportation and a smart energy system. Allowing electric vehicles (EV) to return energy to the power grid when parked and plugged for charging will increase grid resilience, allow for better exploitation of renewable sources and lower the cost of ownership for EV owners, leading to new business opportunities and clear advantages for EV users and energy consumers.

The project team at Aston will investigate a prediction model for EV battery-life performance, considering factors such as state-of-charge, state-of-health, charging-speed, depth-of-discharge, and remaining energy capacity. Power quality issues for different V2G/network scenarios will also be investigated with research findings disseminated to industry and academia.

For more information contact Clara Serrano at EBRI c.serrano@aston.ac.uk 

Image below:  VIGIL aggregated with multiple locations. Courtesy of Nortech Management 2018. 

VIGIL Schematics