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Old 08-27-2018, 12:54 PM   #2578 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by All Darc View Post
By the way, there was already a idea/plan to connect electric car on grid, from small "green" neighborhoods (with people with solar panels on home) or something like that in some cities on Europe, to use their batteries to help supply energy for homes at night. But it would reduce the lifespam of the car's batteries anyway, and very few people have electric cars.
This is my favorite plan, but it has many social and technical problems to address.

The battery will degrade more quickly from being constantly utilized, but the idea is that the utility would pay customers for the energy used during peak demand, and that would more than compensate for the accelerated wear on the battery. The electric vehicles could charge up when excess renewable energy is produced, and feed it back to the grid when there is a shortage. Customers would have an app on their phones to designate the times of day that the car participates in grid leveling, and also designate times when the car must be fully charged.

Heck, maybe the utility could even send alerts when demand is particularly severe and offer a higher rate than normal to supply energy, giving EV owners an extra incentive to participate in grid leveling. Kind of how Uber charges riders more when demand is high, in real time.
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