Nissan LEAF to help stabilise German electricity grid

  • As the first of its kind, Nissan LEAF prequalifies as a large power station under the German Transmission System Operators' (TSO) guidelines

 

Hagen, Germany (25 October, 2018) – Nissan has helped reach an important milestone on the road towards emission-free energy and mobility in Germany.

 

With an innovative charging and energy management solution, the project partners – technology company The Mobility House, energy supplier ENERVIE and transmission system operator Amprion – have qualified the Nissan LEAF for the regulatory requirements needed for primary power regulation.

 

This means that the LEAF can be used as a reserve for the German electricity grid – a breakthrough in establishing Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology in Germany.

 

"We strongly believe in an emission-free future," said Guillaume Pelletreau, vice president and managing director, Nissan Center Europe.

 

"Accordingly, we are also very proud that the Nissan LEAF has, as the first electric car ever, been approved as suitable for stabilising grid frequencies.

 

“LEAF batteries could make an important contribution to energy transition in Germany and a sustainable future."

 

New and innovative solutions for stabilising the electricity grid are necessary to transition to decentralised energy generation from renewable sources in Germany.

 

The increasing use of renewable energy leads to fluctuations in the grid, which must be initially balanced by primary regulation, able to prevent impending power cuts at a second's notice.

 

Electric cars such as the Nissan LEAF, with integrated bidirectional charging technology, could play an important part in stabilising the electricity grid.

 

With its CHAdeMO charging connector, the LEAF is able not only to extract power from the grid and store it in its traction battery, but, if necessary, can also feed power back. This is the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) concept.

 

The bidirectional chargeability of Nissan's electric car is the foundation for its integration in the pilot project at the ENERVIE site in Hagen, Germany.

 

In combination with innovative, intelligent charging and energy management technology from The Mobility House, the charging and discharging processes can be controlled and monitored.

 

"We are pleased that Mobility House technology has been approved by the TSO for the most challenging and important product of the German power supply system," said Thomas Raffeiner, CEO and founder of The Mobility House (TMH).

 

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

 

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For further information:

 

Karla Leach  

General Manager – Corporate Communications

Nissan Motor Co. Australia

Phone: +61 3 9797 4509

Email: karla_leach@nissan.com.au

 

Tony Mee  

Corporate Communications Manager

Nissan Motor Co. Australia

Phone: +61 3 9797 4227

Email: tony_mee@nissan.com.au

 

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