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VIGIL (VehIcle to Grid Intelligent controL)


This has project developed and built a robust communications and control platform (VIGIL: VehIcle-to-Grid Intelligent controL) that supports different V2G/V2B charge-points, while ensuring distribution network voltage and/or thermal limits are not breached. The VIGIL platform achieves this by actively managing the network constraints at the connected substations, optimising assets (such as V2G charge points, EVs, buildings, car parks with V2Gs), and incentivising energy flexibility via V2G/V2B. In order to develop a platform that is fit-for-purpose, we also investigated EV battery-life performance and inverter power quality issues during V2G and Grid-to-Vehicle (G2V) operations. At project end, the following outputs were delivered: • Two V2G demonstration sites with 4 V2G charge-points (three new V2G) at Aston University. These sites will be used for further research on V2G and EV • Developed, built and tested the VIGIL platform which consisted of: o V2G ANM platform and control algorithm based on voltage levels/thermal capacity/directional current flow (hardware and software) o EV/building energy management system with predictive energy optimisation algorithm ensuring vehicles are charged for departure and all building assets are dispatched optimally o New Smart Charge Point Communications controller/adaptor developed for the EU Market (running the latest protocols/standards including Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) 2.0) o V2G mobile app for EV owner's convenience The VIGIL project has been funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in partnership with Innovate UK.

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United Kingdom (GB)


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Lead partner

Nortech Management

  • Aston University
  • Grid Edge

Focus: Technical

Segment: Commercial

Charging location: Work & Public

Tech: Magnum Cap DC, iHost Platform, ANM Controller, Smart Charge Point Communications Controller, BEMS. 10 kW DC chargers (from two different manufacturers) and Nissan Leaf cars

Charger Type: DC


  • Frequency
  • Reserve
  • Arbitrage
  • Distribution
  • Time shifting
    for energy users
  • Emergency

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