Gemserv welcome the opportunity to respond to the BEIS consultation on the role of Vehicle-to-X (V2X) energy technologies in a net zero energy system.
Gemserv’s long history and expertise in the energy sector, allows us to have a well-positioned birds-eye view of demand supporting technologies such as V2X.
We are supportive of the use of V2X technologies and our response to the consultation aims to support its implementation. V2X can play an important role in unlocking TWh of battery storage, embedded in the future electric vehicle parc of the UK. As our energy system becomes increasingly distributed and renewable, sources such as Solar and Wind have the potential to significantly contribute to the national electricity demand, in turn requiring a considerable amount of co-located energy storage to compensate for the variability of generation. V2X can provide reliability on its behalf, enabling a far greater penetration of renewable energy than is currently possible. It is anticipated that V2X will sufficiently scale up to provide this support in line with the end of fossil fuel vehicle sales in 2030. The technology is well suited in locations that exhibit extended periods of dwell time for electric vehicles.
Gemserv believes the role of the ‘service aggregator’ is an important consideration for V2X. Whilst a subscription service is likely to be appealing to consumers/prosumers, it is also important that there is appropriate market governance that supports BEIS/Ofgem’s principles of interoperability, data privacy, grid stability and cyber security. Specific tariffs for bi-directional energy users should be an immediate point of focus for the energy industry, enabling V2X services to be more attractive to prosumers.
Lastly, we think it is imperative that a coordinated approach across sectors – automotive, energy, digital integration and EV charging infrastructure – is developed to enable economies of scale and deliver a greener transport and energy system that benefits all. With correct deployment, V2X could enable the UK to provide further security to its future energy needs as we continue to reach for net zero.
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