Published on December 10th, 2018 | by Kyle Field0
eMotorWerks Connects With LO3 Energy To Let EV Drivers Charge With Renewables
December 10th, 2018 by Kyle Field
Enel continues to push at the seams of electric car charging, microgrids, and renewables with a new project with LO3 Energy that will connect eMotorWerks’ aggregated EV charging platform to one of LO3’s energy markets.
The partnership will explore the potential to trade energy from renewable microgrid projects with eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet EV charging platform. The companies will look for the lowest hanging, highest value opportunities at the intersection of their two technologies, with eMotorWerks, as a subsidiary of Enel X, having the potential to pull in Enel’s other solutions or experts as it makes sense along the way.
At its core, the new solution seeks to enable EV drivers to leverage renewables generated on microgrids in their local area to charge their vehicles on an eMotorWerks JuiceNet enabled platform. eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet provides connectivity and control over the individual charging sessions while LO3’s Exergy platform provides the communications backbone that enables price signals and peer to peer transactions.
“Beyond offering JuiceNet technology as a way for residents to manage charging more efficiently, projects such as our virtual battery in California, and now this partnership with LO3, showcase how powerful smart charging can be for grid services at scales ranging from hyper-local to state and national levels,” said Vincent Schachter, Senior Vice President of Energy Services at eMotorWerks. “We are looking forward to showcasing how JuiceNet can integrate with LO3’s platform to make local transactions smarter, quicker and more useful for future services.”
The new partnership with LO3 takes the solution a few steps forward and explores yet another use case for the functionality. Many EV drivers are looking to charge their vehicle with clean, green power, but this can be a difficult proposition if local renewables are not an option.
Enabling direct peer to peer trading of locally generated renewables to drivers charging on eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet has the potential to open up new sources of green power for EV drivers. eMotorWerks and LO3 see the project as just the next offering in what will eventually be a broad range of ancillary service offerings to local grid operators.
Enabling aggregated demand response functionality was one of the foundational use cases for eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet, which allows the company to throttle the charge rate at thousands of individual charging stations up and down in response to the needs of the grid. In exchange, the grid pays eMotorWerks centrally which can then offer compensation to drivers opting in to the flexible charging program.
For more information about the project, read the full release from eMotorWerks, head over to its website, or take a look at LO3 Energy.