Enel Energia, Nissan Italia and IIT foin forces for the development of electric mobility

Published on Thursday, 4 May 2017

“Today, we consider a car as a battery on wheels. V2G can improve the electric sector’s performance as well as creating value for electric vehicle owners, in line with Enel's vision of innovation, while contributing to improve climate conditions. In the light of our 'Open Innovation' approach, Enel has also signed an agreement with IIT for the development of innovative technologies and solutions in the field of energy efficiency, renewable sources and distributed generation, an important part of the search for new sustainable energy alternatives”

– Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s Head of Innovation and Sustainability

“We continue to fully commit to the development of intelligent mobility that is sustainable, zero-emission, safe, zero fatality and connected. In this direction, the launch in Italy of MOV-E, the first Nissan corporate electric car sharing project, has been launched by the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, one of the world's leading technological centres of excellence. This is a zero-emission mobility solution with a dedicated platform on App, capable of exchanging energy between the car and the power grid by integrating Vehicle-to-Grid technology developed by Nissan and Enel”

– Bruno Mattucci, Managing Director of Nissan Italia

“Mobility and domestic consumption are two priority areas for delivering clean and efficient energy solutions. The development of our society can no longer ignore the rational use of energy resources, an indispensable element for human health and environmental protection”

– Roberto Cingolani, IIT Scientific Director

Along with Nissan, Enel has launched in Denmark the first fully commercial V2G hub worldwide, at the Danish utility Frederiksberg Forsyning, which has also bought 10 Nissan e-NV200 zero emission vans and where 10 V2G chargers are installed. Recently, 17 additional chargers have been installed across Denmark. Thanks to V2G technology, electric vehicles can expand the range of services available to future energy management systems. In fact, when the vehicles are stationary, the car batteries inject power into the network, helping to stabilise it and offering grid balancing services to Transmission System Operator Energinet.dk, in return for remuneration.

Similar activities are already existing in the UK, where 9 V2G chargers have been already installed at Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield and 1 in the Newcastle University.

The pilot project launched in Genoa is also the result of a partnership between IIT and Enel Energia, which was launched in February last year through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Research, Industrialisation and Integrated Application of Products, Services and Innovative Solutions in the field of energy efficiency and distributed generation. The application fields mainly concern the production of graphene batteries, more efficient photovoltaic panels using graphene and a new renewable generation system able to exploit the motion of the sea.

Nissan and Enel Energia, as well as collaborating on the development of V2G, signed a commercial partnership in June last year and in November 2016 launched "e-go All Inclusive", the first integrated offer for electric mobility in Italy. “E-go All Inclusive” is a turnkey proposal that includes, at a monthly fixed fee, the box station for domestic recharging (installation included), the Nissan LEAF with a 30 kWh battery and the e-go App, to locate all chargers In Italy and recharge the car.