TAKES AND GIVES – Through technology Vehicle to Grid, abbreviated to V2G, battery-powered vehicles can interact bidirectionally with the electricity grid: not only by absorbing energy to recharge the accumulators, but also by using the same accumulators when the grid needs a “little help”, in order to stabilize and thus avoid peaks of request; the grid will return the energy to the vehicle at a later time, for example during production surpluses. The development of V2G in Italy has received an important acceleration since February, when it became law (who to learn more), and now many companies are starting their projects “in the field”: among these is the FCA.
RECORD SYSTEM – The FCA today inaugurated an infrastructure V2G (visible in the photos) inside the Turin industrial complex Mirafiori, a production center devoted to “green” mobility: the electric Fiat 500 is produced here and a large center for battery assembly will be born. Currently, the Vehicle to Grip system consists of 32 columns, to which up to 64 vehicles can be connected; by the end of 2021, the FCA plans to expand the area and allow the interconnection of up to 700 vehicles at the same time, making it the largest infrastructure of its kind in the world. Together with the FCA, Terna, the Italian operator that manages the energy transmission grids, and Engie Eps, specialized in electrical systems with energy storage systems, worked on the project.
GREEN FACTORY – The system V2G it is part of a larger project aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the Turin plant Mirafiori, because Engie also took care of installing 12,000 photovoltaic panels in the shelters that repair vehicles awaiting delivery: using this clean energy, the FCA estimates that it can save over 6,500 MWh a year of energy obtained in the traditional way, therefore from fossil products, reducing the factory’s impact on the environment by over 2,100 tons of CO2. In addition, 150,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels will also be installed on the roof of the plant, saving an additional 5,000 tons of CO2 per year.