Cenex will be the UK partner on the European Smart Mobile Energy programme and will explore the business case for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology to power cities.

The project will investigate how cities can increase energy efficiency and decrease carbon emissions by integrating V2G technology into the existing energy infrastructure at district and city scale.

It will explore how electric vehicles (EVs) can support energy infrastructure through V2G, using EV batteries as short-term storage to manage energy demand at district and city scale in Birmingham, Berlin and Valencia.

At Aston University, in Birmingham, V2G technology is already proven and operating successfully at a building level.

This project will allow Cenex to evaluate how the connection and control of multiple V2G installations could be implemented at a district and city scale.

Cenex will work with city authorities, grid and energy companies, large building owners and EV fleet operators evaluate the potential network impacts and business case of V2G in three major European cities.

Other partners in the three city project include: the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Valencia, Energy Technology Institute and The Foundation of the Valencian Community for Strategic Promotion, Development and Urban Innovation.

Robert Evans, CEO at Cenex, said: “This is a critical next step toward accelerating Europe’s move to clean energy.”