Next Kraftwerke and Jedlix Launch Project Using Electric Car Batteries for Grid Stability

Virtual Power Plant operator Next Kraftwerke and Jedlix, an electric vehicle aggregator and smart charging platform provider, have launched an international pilot project to deliver secondary control reserve (aFRR) through the batteries of electric cars. Tendered by Transmission System Operator TenneT, the companies have been selected for the pilot project that will see TenneT assess the technical feasibility of aFRR delivered by new technologies.
Next Kraftwerke and Jedlix Launch Project Using Electric Car Batteries for Grid Stability
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The project will begin in early 2019 and will run for two years, during which Next Kraftwerke and Jedlix will provide aFRR through Jedlix's EV fleet using the company’s smart charging solution. Next Kraftwerke will provide the interface and Jedlix will steer the charging of EV’s over-the-air via its platform.

Jedlix vehicle drivers will be introduced to the service through a user interface app, offered to all EV drivers in The Netherlands. By taking part in the pilot, EV drivers can get rewarded for making the car’s flexibility available whenever it is being charged at the driver’s home.

By connecting the EV to the Jedlix platform, the company can receive user charging preferences and establish a live connection with the EV, making sure it is charged smartly. Depending on the charging preference, each EV can provide either positive or negative control reserves. Jedlix will be able to combine user preferences, car data, and charging station information for a continuous forecast of the available capacity. This is then used by Next Kraftwerke in the bidding process. To level out any potential unavailability of the EVs, Next Kraftwerke and Jedlix pool the EVs with other assets in the Next Pool such as greenhouse lighting, wind, and solar plants, and biogas- as well as greenhouse CHPs.

Paul Kreutzkamp, CEO Next Kraftwerke Belgium, said, “We are very happy to be starting this transition and bringing new sources of income to households together with Jedlix, which has set itself apart when it comes to smart charging of electric vehicles.”

Ruben Benders, CEO Jedlix, added, “We are thrilled to have this cooperation with Next Kraftwerke, which has the potential to establish the largest VPP for EVs in Europe and beyond. Our cooperation leads to a reliable and valuable contribution of electric vehicles to grid stabilization.”

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