The Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE), together with experts in electric mobility, energy and climate change, presents and analyzes the results of the project SME co-funded by the Climate-KIC.
On March, 30, it took place the final meeting of Smart Mobile Energy (SME), where they were discussed and shared the results of this innovative project developed by ITE together with Las Naves, Universitat de València and other European partners, aimed at analyzing the technical and economic feasibility of charging stations for electric vehicle with the intention of giving the charge back to the grid through the technology Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G).
Rafael Monterde, the director of Las Naves, welcomed the attendancees presenting the space hosting the meeting as an extension of the Ayuntamiento de Valencia intended to be one of the main meeting point for innovation.
Later, Jose Luis Muñoz-Bonet, the director-general of Climate-KIC Spain, underlined the need for facing together the climate change through R+D+i projects and actions. José Luis insisted on the fundamental role of technology and innovation in the fight against the global warming and the need for adapting legislation to facilitate the advance of new solutions.
A central part of the day was the validation of the results of Smart Mobile Energy by ITE, where V2G technology was defined as a viable solution for the development of smart grids. On the one hand, the positive results of the business case led by the Institute under the project highlight the potential of this innovative system, making the V2G a medium-term profitable technology for cities. On the other hand, the vision of the electric vehicle (VE) was promoted not as a problem, but as an opportunity aimed at facilitating the integration of renewable energies, thanks to the advanced state of the technologies that include the systems of these means. Por otro lado, se fomentó la visión del vehículo eléctrico (VE) no como un problema, sino como una oportunidad orientada a facilitar la integración de las energías renovables, gracias al estado avanzado de las tecnologías que incluyen los sistemas de estos medios.
The event closed with a round table coordinated by Irene Aguado, responsible of the project in ITE, which boasted the participation of Carlos Bergera Serrano, Director of Movilidad Verde of Iberdrola, José Vicente Latorre Beltrán, Head of department of IVACE-Energía, Vicente Torres Castejón, external adviser of the Sustainable Mobility Councillorship of the Ayuntamiento de Valencia, Eduardo Blanes, President of the Asociación Valenciana de Vehículo Eléctrico (AVVE), and Patricia Chirivella, product Manager of the company Gamesa Electric. These important representatives from industry, administration, and the energy and electric vehicle sectors discussed relevant themes such as the current condition of the implementation of the electric vehicle in Spain.
A central part of the day was the validation of the results of Smart Mobile Energy by ITE, where V2G technology was defined as a viable solution for the development of smart grids. On the one hand, the positive results of the business case led by the Institute under the project highlight the potential of this innovative system, making the V2G a medium-term profitable technology for cities. On the other hand, the vision of the electric vehicle (VE) was promoted not as a problem, but as an opportunity aimed at facilitating the integration of renewable energies, thanks to the advanced state of the technologies that include the systems of these means.
As regards the objectives to be achieved, goals and deadlines were defined for the future of electric mobility and energy innovation. In addition, the existing barriers were analyzed, establishing three lines in which it is necessary to keep on working. The first one is the current legislative situation, in fact, at regulatory level, a change is necessary to facilitate the development and implementation of effective and sustainable measures. The second one is the social perception associated with sustainable transport, and there is still a certain reluctance on the part of the end users to see the electric vehicle as a mobility option; and the third one corresponds to the technological limit of these means, which have to advance in terms of autonomy, which is lower than what is offered by common vehicles.
Lastly, it was discussed the fundamental role of public administrations in terms of subsidies and their exemplary role in innovating their fleets by replacing vehicles with electrical equipment. They are joined by large companies and EV and charging stations manufacturers, which should be other important drivers of the shift towards sustainable solutions.
Considering the various aspects discussed and the contributions of the participants, within the framework of the SME project, co-financed by the Climate-KIC within the Pathfinder call and linked to the thematic area Urban Transition, it has been concluded that V2G technology works and that it is profitable in the medium term, however, it will first be necessary to prepare the grids so that this solution can be integrated and it can provide the expected benefits. The event was an occasion to confirm the great technological advance and to promote the development of R+D+i projects that provide the public with a clear demonstration of the socioeconomic and environmental improvements related to innovative systems in the energy field.
Climate- KIC is the largest public-private partnership in Europe focused on climate change and on the promotion of zero-carbon economy. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an EU body.
Climate-KIC is formed by companies, academic institutions and public bodies, and it is focused on innovative strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Training is a key factor to inspire and educate the next generation of climate leaders; this is why Climate-KIC offers training programmes for students, to create companies and to promote innovation all over Europe through its centres in the main European cities, where the Climate-KIC community boasts the best experts and the best organizations.
The Climate-KIC approach starts with the improvement of the way of life in cities, in addition to the aim of making industry produce environmentally friendly products, while optimizing the use of land to produce the necessary food.