Nuvve to play 40MW of EV chargers and battery storage into Nordic frequency markets


Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) firm Nuvve will use its platform to manage 40MW of EV chargers and battery storage capacity in frequency regulation markets in Norway and Denmark.

The company has partnered with international service station operator Circle K on the project.

Through its GIVe energy management system (EMS) platform, Nuvve will combine EV chargers at 50 Circle K locations and 3-5 stationary battery energy storage system sites. It will use the assets to provide grid services like frequency regulation to system operator Statnett in Norway and Energinet in Denmark, to help them balance the grid.

Nuvve European operations director Christian Blom told that the 40MW figure refers purely to the fast chargers across the 50 locations. The storage portion of the project will total an initial 1-2MW across the sites but this is likely to change in future.

Three of the stationary energy storage sites are already operational, a fourth is being commissioned now and a fifth is on its way later in 2023, he added.

Through the partnership Circle K will be able to monetise its EV charging assets, and it may expand it to other parts of its high-speed charging network in the rest of Nordics and potentially further afield. The company has 430 DC EV chargers in Norway and 130 in Denmark.

Nuvve will control Circle K’s Alpitronic Hyperchargers and the 3-5 storage systems to its GIVe platform and respond to market signals in real-time and make instantaneous micro adjustments to the chargers’ electricity flow, which is how chargers can participate in frequency response services.

The company’s spokesperson said that the project would primarily focus on up-regulation using asymmetrical services like FFR and FCR-D-up, only in the Scandinavian markets for the time being.

“These would deliver a very fast response, FFR <1 second for 100% delivery, in the rare case there is a disruption on the power grid,” they said.

“A delivery of FFR would typically last for 5 seconds; giving the grid operator enough time to activate other reserves – activation is rare (a few times per year) but a very important stand by reserve to avoid trouble on the grid when external factors cause disruption. This could be significant wind/solar variations, power lines breaking or for some reason being disconnected etc.”

“Nuvve is known in the U.S. primarily for its leadership in bidirectional vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services; however, in the EU and other markets, we also provide revenue-generating ancillary grid services such as frequency regulation, voltage control and more,” said Nuvve co-founder, chair and CEO Gregory Poilasne.

“As we look to evolve and lean into markets that are leaders in the energy transition, we see our Circle K partnership as an important step forward that allows us to circumvent supply chain delays that are impacting EV adoption – particularly in the US fleet market. We’re drawing on our decades of experience and innovation to provide Circle K and the transmission system with reliable and robust grid services.”

Nuvve is one of the leading V2G companies and operates through its GIVe platform as well as by providing bidirectional charging infrastructure. See previous coverage of the company here and the wider V2G space here.’ publisher Solar Media will host the eighth annual Energy Storage Summit EU in London starting tomorrow, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February 2023.

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