Vehicle to Grid, part 1

March 8th, 2007 |
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In the first in a two-part series, I examine the emerging “Vehicle to Grid,” or V2G technology, where Plug-in Electric Vehicles use their excess battery power to recharge the electrical grid during periods of peak demand. Several energy utilities are studying this green energy source, including Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and its subsidiary, Utility Innovations. Michael Lamb, executive director of Utility Innovations, and Keith Parks, an energy trading analyst formerly wth the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, (a group that is also examining this idea, by the way) join me in a wide-ranging discussion about the promise of smart grid technologies for a cleaner environment through zero emissions, its potential for weaning America off foreign oil, the cost savings to consumers, its feasibility and how long it might be before it becomes a reality. Once again, battery technology and infrastructure seem to be at the heart of the issue.

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  1. Michael Langridge
    March 9th, 2007 at 10:44 | #1

    This interview was spot-on. Well-informed, detailed, interesting and structured – I really enjoyed it, and look forward to part II.

  2. March 13th, 2007 at 08:22 | #2

    Hi Michael-thanks for the note. The promise of this technology really excites me. Let me know if there’s anything else I should be examining on the site. Thanks for your participation!

  3. Michael Langridge
    March 16th, 2007 at 02:36 | #3

    I’m always impressed by your interviews Matt and since you ask I’d like you to critically appraise compressed air energy storage coupled with pneumatic motors in vehicular applications.

    http://jerrychacon.com/?p=159

    http://www.theaircar.com/

    http://www.engineair.com.au/

    Ideally you might have an MIT physics professor review the theoretical limits with the proponents – as the technology seems just too clean to be credible and I’d like the US to have more knowledge of it if it’s viable. Keep up the great work.

  4. March 16th, 2007 at 16:26 | #4

    Hi Michael-thanks for the note–funny, I have a request into The Air Car people for an interview….stay tuned! If you have certain questions you want to make sure I ask, feel free to forward them directly to me att my email mattk@podtech.net

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