Our roadmap didn’t call for this announcement just yet, but on Autumn 2017 budget day Philip Hammond, the Great British Chancellor of the Exchequer, had this to say:
Some good news in #Budget2017 for #EV charging infrastructure, if not necessarily for #V2G. "We'll establish a new £400m charging infrastructure fund, invest an extra £100m in the plug-in car grant and a further £40m in charging R&D" @FSBCornwall @scottmann4NC @clairehewlett62
— V2G Limited (@V2gUK) November 22, 2017
The next day Nissan’s Francisco Carranza made an interesting announcement on Twitter:
Nissan starts construction on largest community solar roof in the Netherlands https://t.co/NXBS4So5rC
— Francisco Carranza (@frcarr) November 23, 2017
In a bit more detail, Nissan announced:
Nissan Motor Parts Center in Europe is the first company in the Netherlands to make its roof available to others for the production of sustainable energy on a large scale. The electricity generated is sufficient for the power consumption of 900 households. The first section becomes operational at the end of February. The project will be fully completed in May.
With the installation of this immense solar roof, Nissan is taking a further step toward its strategy focusing on Intelligent Mobility, with sustainable energy as one of its cornerstones.
“This project is perfectly suited to Nissan’s endeavors to make mobility smarter and more sustainable,” said Koen Maes, managing director Nissan Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg). “That’s why we are working on sustainable energy production and on projects such as energy storage in used batteries – vehicles which return energy to the network and car sharing. The solar roof is one of the cornerstones.”
That’s pretty much the way we see things too, and after a couple of false starts over the years the team here at V2G UK decided to accelerate our plans:
Here at #V2G UK our plans are much more modest. We thought we'd start with a single bay #SolarPV car port instead! https://t.co/mE5mh29mWT @FlexiSolarUK @scottmann4NC @MollyMEP @RegenSW @FSBCornwall #SaMDES #Cornwall https://t.co/l701kby4cp
— V2G Limited (@V2gUK) November 23, 2017
In case it’s not yet obvious to you, our Static and Mobile Distributed Energy Storage project roadmap includes rolling out just the right sort of V2G capable electric vehicle charging station for our purposes. My personal Twitter profile reads as follows:
I’ve been programming computers since the late 60s. We had to build our own! Now what can I program next? Will I have to build it first?
It looks as though the answer to that question is YES!
Meanwhile the V2G UK Twitter profile concludes:
A friendly local neighbourhood energy market would also be nice!
Are we going to have to build that too?