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Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicles are Powering Office Buildings in Japan

by , 12/04/13

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Nissan’s zero-emission LEAF electric vehicle may be used to power entire buildings in Japan. The car manufacturer successfully completed an early test of the ‘vehicle-to-building’ technology at the Nissan Advanced Technology Center in Atsugi City, Japan. The EVs provided enough power to reduce energy consumption during summer periods by 25.6KW.

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The ‘vehicle-to-building’ technology is based on the idea of buildings being powered by cars during peak hours when electricity is most expensive. The power flows the other way when electricity is cheaper. Nissan tested the system with six of their LEAF EVs that were connected to the power distribution board in an office building to provide energy during the day.

The company is trying to develop the ‘vehicle-to-building’ system further with ‘LEAF-to-Home,’ which should provide a flow of electricity stored in the car’s batteries to residential homes. The vehicles are charged during the night, when demand is low, or sourced from solar panels during the day. If it works, entire neighborhoods could use clean energy from family cars, which in turn can be charged using solar energy.

+ Nissan Global

Via CarScoops

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  1. ingo@dr-blodau.de February 21, 2014 at 7:19 am

    First, let me say this is a very interesting article. I like the thought of using available technology to reduce the wast of resources.
    However, I’ve got a quick query: From my understanding consumes transformation of energy a part of the power. So how cold this method result in a saving of energy? Loading the battery of the car, and the transfer of energy from the car to the building must definitely use up a part of the energy that is originally provided from a power supplier. I could understand if this system is saving money and helps to balance consumption peaks, but how could be saved 25.6KW? Or is that a analogy to the saved money? I would love to learn more about the background of that article. Also, in what time period did this method make this saving?
    Many thanks, Ingo

  2. tomn1ce December 9, 2013 at 8:51 am

    For how long can the leaf power-up a home. Why not just get some batteries to power up the house. Charge the batteries on off-peak hours and use the batteries to power-up the house in peak hours.

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