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As electric vehicles are rapidly becoming a game changer in the energy sector, a challenge of building infrastructure for charging stations and grid balancing is what many industry players are trying to solve. Smart charging and vehicle-to-grid technologies are meant to solve those challenges.

Vincent Schachter, Senior Vice President, Energy Services at eMotorWerks, participated in the first Engerati Meet on “EVs in the grid” and talked about the opportunities electric vehicles open up for greater grid flexibility.

eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet internet of things platform is able to aggregate EV loads and optimize charging and provision of services to the grid in the residential, workplace and public settings. This software platform was first launched and tested in California which comprises about half of the electric vehicles in the USA. This growing EV adoption is driven by both state and utility incentives, as well as a system operator which allows distributed resources to participate in various markets, including the real-time and day ahead markets.

As of now several thousands of electric vehicle drivers in California are signed up for smart charging programes through eMotorWerks or partner utilities or aggregators. The learnings the company collects are just a start as through the Enel acquisition these are being extended into Europe.

“Ultimately it's not just about EVs. With the growth of other distributed resources in the home, if we can co-optimise them together it will create more value to customers and to the grid itself.”

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