Nissan LEAF qualifies for all German TSO power regulation
In Hagen, Germany, The Mobility House, energy supplier Enervie, transmission system operator Amprion, and Nissan announced that they have succeeded in qualifying the Leaf for all the German Transmission System Operators' (TSO) regulatory requirements for primary power regulation. This means that the car can be integrated as a regulating reserve for the German electricity grid.
Electric cars such with integrated bidirectional charging technology, could play an important part in decentralized energy genration. With its CHAdeMO charging connector, the Leaf not only is able to extract power from the grid and store it in its traction battery, but, if necessary, also can feed power back. This is called the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) concept.
The bidirectional chargeability of Nissan's electric car is the foundation for its integration in the pilot project at the Enervie site in Hagen, Germany. In combination with innovative, intelligent charging and energy management technology from The Mobility House, the charging and discharging processes can be controlled and monitored.
"We strongly believe in an emission-free future," said Guillaume Pelletreau, Vice President and Managing Director, Nissan Center Europe. "Accordingly, we are also very proud that the Nissan Leaf has, as the first electric car ever, been approved as suitable for stabilizing grid frequencies. Leaf batteries could make an important contribution to energy transition in Germany and a sustainable future."
As one of four TSOs responsible for the transmission of power in Germany, and thus charged with the stability of the power grid, Amprion is a supporter of the V2G project. The TSO has defined the technical and regulatory requirements for prequalifying a mobile battery storage unit for the market for primary regulation. Amprion has now approved the Nissan Leaf, as the first electric car, in combination with the control system from The Mobility House, as suitable for this function.
"We are proud to be the first in Germany to prequalify an electric car for primary regulation," explained Andreas Walczuch, head of System Services and Energy Market at Amprion. "This innovation shows us that electric cars may have a part to play in securing system stability."
Erik Höhne, executive spokesman of Enervie Group in Hagen, said, "By providing the infrastructure for the project on site, Enervie has extended its commitment to e-mobility as an innovative partner for industry, commerce, and the people in the region by a further facet.”