REVS TEAM MISSION

Demonstrate that EVs can deliver frequency support to the live power system

Pave the way for the accelerated adoption of V2G services in the NEM

Deliver on all project milestones

ABOUT REVS

Introduction

In an Australian first, the Realising Electric Vehicles-to-grid Services (REVS) project demonstrates how commercially available electric vehicles (EVs) and chargers can contribute to energy stability by transferring power back and forth into the grid, as required.

   

EVs will inject power back into the grid during rare events (to avoid possibility of blackouts) and EV owners will be paid when their vehicles are used for this service.

 

Employing 51 Nissan LEAF EVs across the ACT as part of the ACT government and ActewAGL fleet, the REVS project seeks to support the reliability and resilience of the electricity grid, unlocking economic benefits making electric vehicles a more viable and appealing transport option for fleet operators.

 

The REVS consortium covers the whole electricity and transport supply chains including ActewAGL, Evoenergy, Nissan, SG Fleet, JET Charge, ACT Government and the Australian National University. Together the consortium will produce a roadmap with recommendations that will accelerate the deployment of V2G nationally.

 

The project has been endorsed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and has received funding as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program.

What Problem Does REVS Address?

Critical grid failures also known as blackouts, can be caused when the demand of electricity is significantly higher or lower than the supply, which causes the frequency of the grid to become unstable. Vehicle to Grid capable EV’s can support the grid from failing by charging when there is an oversupply or discharging when there is an undersupply.

How Does REVS Work?

REVS will build a small scale network of EV’s to test how V2G will support the grid in critical situations, by partnering 7 organisations together, each bringing experience and skillsets across the entire grid to vehicle supply chain.

PROJECT FINDINGS

PROJECT TIMELINE

MILESTONE 1
MILESTONE 2
MILESTONE 3
MILESTONE 4
MILESTONE 4a
MILESTONE 5
MILESTONE 6

Development & Demonstration

Place orders for charging infrastructure.

Place orders for charging infrastructure.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge

Development & Demonstration

Procure 15 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles with V2G capability.

Build a view of all capabilities required to ensure the project is a success.

Develop communication protocols for charging and discharging electric vehicles.

Procure 15 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles with V2G capability.

Stakeholders Involved : SG Fleet, Nissan, ActewAGL, ACT Government

Build a view of all capabilities required to ensure the project is a success.

Stakeholders Involved : SG Fleet, Nissan, ActewAGL, ACT Government, JET Charge

Develop communication protocols for charging and discharging electric vehicles.

Stakeholders Involved : SG Fleet, Nissan, ActewAGL, ACT Government, JET Charge

Development & Demonstration

Integrate frequency monitoring hardware and software with bidirectional capability.

Integrate frequency monitoring hardware and software with bidirectional capability.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge

Knowledge Sharing

Quantify vehicle to grid value, opportunities and barriers.

Conduct a national and international review of V2G operations.

Recommend appropriate next steps for industry, regulators, government and customers.

Quantify vehicle to grid value, opportunities and barriers.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Conduct a national and international review of V2G operations.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Recommend appropriate next steps for industry, regulators, government and customers.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Development & Demonstration

Certification of compatibility of charger.

Collect usage & availability data for how EV’s have performed in the grid to date.

Develop V2G hardware and control systems.

Procure 36 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles, with V2G compatibility.

Install 51 V2G compatible chargers, in one directional configuration.

Test hardware and software in ANU DER Lab.

Develop V2G business model.

Certification of compatibility of charger.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge, Nissan

Collect usage & availability data for how EV’s have performed in the grid to date.

Stakeholders Involved : SG Fleet, JET Charge, ACT Government

Develop V2G hardware and control systems.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge, ANU

Procure 36 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles, with V2G compatibility.

Stakeholders Involved : SG Fleet, Nissan, ActewAGL, ACT Government

Install 51 V2G compatible chargers, in one directional configuration.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge, ACT Government, ActewAGL, EvoEnergy

Test hardware and software in ANU DER Lab.

Stakeholders Involved : Nissan, JET Charge, ANU, EvoEnergy, ActewAGL

Develop V2G business model.

Stakeholders Involved : ActewAGL

Knowledge Sharing

Research preconceptions and baseline expectations.

Investigate customer and decision maker attitudes.

Test the impact of high V2G uptake on power hardware, technology and economic models.

Research preconceptions and baseline expectations.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Investigate customer and decision maker attitudes.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Test the impact of high V2G uptake on power hardware, technology and economic models.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Knowledge Sharing

Produce a test report on V2G Chargers for Services Additional to FCAS.

Produce a report on the State of the EV User in Australia.

Produce a test report on V2G Chargers for Services Additional to FCAS.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Produce a report on the State of the EV User in Australia.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Development & Demonstration

Collection of usage and availability data from active V2G sites.

Analyse demonstration data of EV usage.

Estimate implications for fleet management business practices.

Develop software interface to support FCAS bidding and submission to AEMO.

Develop and implement operating envelopes for V2G electric vehicles.

Integration of operating envelopes into charger control systems.

Develop software interface to electricity retailer and network.

Install 51 V2G compatible chargers.

Collection of usage and availability data from active V2G sites.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge, SG Fleet, ACT Government

Analyse demonstration data of EV usage.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Estimate implications for fleet management business practices.

Stakeholders Involved : SG Fleet

Develop software interface to support FCAS bidding and submission to AEMO.

Stakeholders Involved : ActewAGL

Develop and implement operating envelopes for V2G electric vehicles.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Integration of operating envelopes into charger control systems.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge, ANU

Develop software interface to electricity retailer and network.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge, ActewAGL, EvoEnergy

Install 51 V2G compatible chargers.

Stakeholders Involved : JET Charge, ACT Government, ActewAGL, EvoEnergy

Knowledge Sharing

Forecast how international outlook, opportunities and recommendations will evolve with the uptake of EV’s and V2G.

Analyse the trial data and project reporting.

Publish all data from demo trial.

Publish precedents on the legal, tax and business process issues of V2G vehicles in fleets.

Forecast how international outlook, opportunities and recommendations will evolve with the uptake of EV’s and V2G.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Analyse the trial data and project reporting.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Publish all data from demo trial.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Publish precedents on the legal, tax and business process issues of V2G vehicles in fleets.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU, SG Fleet

Development & Demonstration

Demonstrate operation live in the NEM.

Demonstrate operation live in the NEM.

Stakeholders Involved : ActewAGL

Knowledge Sharing

Articulate government activities, priorities & constraints.

Analyse the interactions between incentives and V2G value propositions.

Articulate government activities, priorities & constraints.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

Analyse the interactions between incentives and V2G value propositions.

Stakeholders Involved : ANU

CONSORTIUM

  • ActewAGL is the largest electricity and gas retailer in the ACT, and is the nominated lead of the REVS project. ActewAGL has a strong history of innovation, and continues to innovate beyond existing capabilities to extract value from world first initiatives such as this, to prove that grid support can be provided through V2G systems, and drive the uptake and integration of renewables into the energy network.

    Role
    • Appointed as the lead for the REVS program of work.
    • Electricity retailer for the charging stations.
    • Integration and operation of FCAS compliant charger controller as market participant with AEMO.
    Team
    Todd Eagles

    Group Manager Product & Strategic Energy Deployments*

    Lahiru Hapuarachchi

    Lead Product & Innovation Engineer^

    Website

    https://actewagl.com.au/

    * Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

  • The Australian Capital Territory government is leading the electric vehicle experience and transformation, DER and renewables policy innovation, through producing the first sub-national ACT Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy 2018-2021. By supplying 50 government fleet vehicles with V2G capability, the ACT government is enabling one of the largest global V2G research, design and deployment projects, while simultaneously inspiring collaboration and innovation between the 7 consortium members involved.

    Role
    • Electric vehicle fleet owner and end user.
    • Retail electricity customer of ActewAGL.
    Team
    Helen Roden

    Director - Zero Emissions Government, Schools and Community

    Alexander Killeen

    Assistant Director, Zero Emissions Government^

    Michael Johnson

    Program Officer – Zero Emissions Government^

    Ros Malouf

    Environment Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate

    Website

    https://www.act.gov.au/

    * Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

  • The Australian National University is nationally renowned for its contribution to public knowledge through extensive research programs, and has contributed to several ARENA projects to date. The team at ANU are contributing research into the social, technical and economic factors to make the adoption of V2G services successful. They will leverage a state-of the-art grid simulation facility in their DER lab, which will help to prototype grid integration of V2G systems.

    Role
    • Provide Distribution System Operator functionality.
    • Provide research and development support to partners.
    • Lead knowledge sharing.
    Team
    Bjorn Sturmberg

    Research Leader, Battery Storage & Grid Integration Program*^

    Mejbaul Haque

    Research Fellow, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program

    Laura Jones

    Senior Analyst, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program

    Kathryn Lucas Healey

    Social Researcher

    Website

    https://www.anu.edu.au/

    * Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

  • EvoEnergy is a utility distributor that owns and operates the electricity and gas networks in the ACT, and has extensive experience integrating DER systems into the network. EvoEnergy will be able to support a streamlined connection process for V2G stations into the grid, and prepare them for the regulatory changes required for DNSP’s to efficiently plan and roll out investment for this new DER class.

    Role
    • Integration of charger data into Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).
    • Assessment of grid impacts of bi-directional and frequency responsive charging.
    Team
    Eddie Thanavelil

    Demand Side Innovation Engineer^

    Leylann Hinch

    Group Manager Strategy and Operations*

    Website

    https://www.evoenergy.com.au/

    * Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

  • JET Charge is Australia’s leading EV charger operator, and is globally recognised for providing end to end EV charging infrastructure. JET Charge is providing the first bi-directional charging infrastructure in Australia to make this project a success, with the aim to reveal the value V2G technology can bring to property owners, utilities and car manufacturers.

    Role
    • Supply, installation and operation of charging stations to facilitate bi-directional charging between the electric vehicles and electricity network.
    • Development, integration & operation of FCAS compliant charger controller.
    Team
    Tim Washington

    Founder & CEO*^

    Justus Van Biljon

    Head of Engineering

    Website

    https://jetcharge.com.au/

    * Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

  • Nissan is a multinational automobile manufacturer, and is supplying the project with the Nissan Leaf, which is currently the only electric vehicle in Australia that supports full bi-directional charging capability. The leaf will enable an Australian first – seeing V2G technology in action for the first time, and will enable customers to not only drive an electric vehicle, but have one that can also power their home.

    Role
    • Manufacturer and supplier of Nissan Leaf with vehicle to grid capability.
    • Ensure vehicle to grid operation is within technical & warranty limits.
    Team
    Ben Warren

    National Manager – Electrification & Mobility^

    Nicholas Martin

    General Manager – CMM / C&I / E&M*

    Website

    https://www.nissan.com.au/

    * Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

  • SG Fleet is Australia’s largest vehicle fleet manager providing services to many local, state and federal organisations, with a passion for helping customers adapt to the changing mobility landscape, through being on the forefront of emerging technologies. SG Fleet is helping to ensure that the approach to V2G services is cost effective for customers, and to look for opportunities to scale V2G solutions to promote wider renewable transport adoption across Australia.

    Role
    • Management of the electric vehicle fleet.
    • Provide data from existing electric vehicle stations.
    Team
    Lincoln De Kalb

    Product Development Manager^

    Dean Acheson

    State Manager

    Andy Mulcaster

    Managing Director Australia*

    Website

    https://www.sgfleet.com/au/

    * Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

  • Accenture is a global professional services company, specialising in project management and technology. Accenture is not a consortium partner, however is project managing the REVS program.

    Role
    • Project management services.
    Team
    Konrad Spies

    REVS Project Manager*^

    Soon Wai Lim

    Senior Manager*

    Charles Richardson

    Client Account Executive

    Website

    https://www.accenture.com/au-en

    * Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

ActewAGL is the largest electricity and gas retailer in the ACT, and is the nominated lead of the REVS project. ActewAGL has a strong history of innovation, and continues to innovate beyond existing capabilities to extract value from world first initiatives such as this, to prove that grid support can be provided through V2G systems, and drive the uptake and integration of renewables into the energy network.

Role
  • Appointed as the lead for the REVS program of work.
  • Electricity retailer for the charging stations.
  • Integration and operation of FCAS compliant charger controller as market participant with AEMO.
Team
Todd Eagles

Group Manager Product & Strategic Energy Deployments*

Lahiru Hapuarachchi

Lead Product & Innovation Engineer^

Website

https://actewagl.com.au/

* Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

The Australian Capital Territory government is leading the electric vehicle experience and transformation, DER and renewables policy innovation, through producing the first sub-national ACT Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy 2018-2021. By supplying 50 government fleet vehicles with V2G capability, the ACT government is enabling one of the largest global V2G research, design and deployment projects, while simultaneously inspiring collaboration and innovation between the 7 consortium members involved.

Role
  • Electric vehicle fleet owner and end user.
  • Retail electricity customer of ActewAGL.
Team
Helen Roden

Director - Zero Emissions Government, Schools and Community

Alexander Killeen

Assistant Director, Zero Emissions Government^

Michael Johnson

Program Officer – Zero Emissions Government^

Ros Malouf

Environment Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate

Website

https://www.act.gov.au/

* Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

The Australian National University is nationally renowned for its contribution to public knowledge through extensive research programs, and has contributed to several ARENA projects to date. The team at ANU are contributing research into the social, technical and economic factors to make the adoption of V2G services successful. They will leverage a state-of the-art grid simulation facility in their DER lab, which will help to prototype grid integration of V2G systems.

Role
  • Provide Distribution System Operator functionality.
  • Provide research and development support to partners.
  • Lead knowledge sharing.
Team
Bjorn Sturmberg

Research Leader, Battery Storage & Grid Integration Program*^

Mejbaul Haque

Research Fellow, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program

Laura Jones

Senior Analyst, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program

Kathryn Lucas Healey

Social Researcher

Website

https://www.anu.edu.au/

* Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

EvoEnergy is a utility distributor that owns and operates the electricity and gas networks in the ACT, and has extensive experience integrating DER systems into the network. EvoEnergy will be able to support a streamlined connection process for V2G stations into the grid, and prepare them for the regulatory changes required for DNSP’s to efficiently plan and roll out investment for this new DER class.

Role
  • Integration of charger data into Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).
  • Assessment of grid impacts of bi-directional and frequency responsive charging.
Team
Eddie Thanavelil

Demand Side Innovation Engineer^

Leylann Hinch

Group Manager Strategy and Operations*

Website

https://www.evoenergy.com.au/

* Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

JET Charge is Australia’s leading EV charger operator, and is globally recognised for providing end to end EV charging infrastructure. JET Charge is providing the first bi-directional charging infrastructure in Australia to make this project a success, with the aim to reveal the value V2G technology can bring to property owners, utilities and car manufacturers.

Role
  • Supply, installation and operation of charging stations to facilitate bi-directional charging between the electric vehicles and electricity network.
  • Development, integration & operation of FCAS compliant charger controller.
Team
Tim Washington

Founder & CEO*^

Justus Van Biljon

Head of Engineering

Website

https://jetcharge.com.au/

* Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

Nissan is a multinational automobile manufacturer, and is supplying the project with the Nissan Leaf, which is currently the only electric vehicle in Australia that supports full bi-directional charging capability. The leaf will enable an Australian first – seeing V2G technology in action for the first time, and will enable customers to not only drive an electric vehicle, but have one that can also power their home.

Role
  • Manufacturer and supplier of Nissan Leaf with vehicle to grid capability.
  • Ensure vehicle to grid operation is within technical & warranty limits.
Team
Ben Warren

National Manager – Electrification & Mobility^

Nicholas Martin

General Manager – CMM / C&I / E&M*

Website

https://www.nissan.com.au/

* Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

SG Fleet is Australia’s largest vehicle fleet manager providing services to many local, state and federal organisations, with a passion for helping customers adapt to the changing mobility landscape, through being on the forefront of emerging technologies. SG Fleet is helping to ensure that the approach to V2G services is cost effective for customers, and to look for opportunities to scale V2G solutions to promote wider renewable transport adoption across Australia.

Role
  • Management of the electric vehicle fleet.
  • Provide data from existing electric vehicle stations.
Team
Lincoln De Kalb

Product Development Manager^

Dean Acheson

State Manager

Andy Mulcaster

Managing Director Australia*

Website

https://www.sgfleet.com/au/

* Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

Accenture is a global professional services company, specialising in project management and technology. Accenture is not a consortium partner, however is project managing the REVS program.

Role
  • Project management services.
Team
Konrad Spies

REVS Project Manager*^

Soon Wai Lim

Senior Manager*

Charles Richardson

Client Account Executive

Website

https://www.accenture.com/au-en

* Steering Committee Member, ^ Working Group Lead

KEY CONTACTS

Andy Mulcaster

Managing Director


Ben Warren

National Manager


Bjorn Sturmberg

Research Leader


Ros Malouf

Senior Directorate


Leylann Hinch

Group Manager


Tim Washington

Founder & CEO


Todd Eagles

Group Manager


Konrad Spies

REVS Program Manager


REVS IN THE MEDIA

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Electric vehicle fleets set to be on-call to backup the grid

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ActewAGL drives global electric vehicle innovation

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The driving force behind REVS (Realising Electric Vehicles-to-grid Services)

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ACT Government electric vehicles to provide services back to the power grid

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Nissan leaf to light up australia: industry-first vehicle-to-grid charging technology launched at REVS in ACT

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Nissan LEAF V2G Technology

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