Australian researchers to study how Tesla car batteries can power grid

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SYDNEY, Nov 17 (Businesshala) – Australia’s University of Queensland (UQ) said on Wednesday that it will recruit Tesla Inc (TSLA.o) car owners around the world to analyze whether the vehicle’s spare battery capacity is on the energy grid. And even electricity may or may not support homes. in future.

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The university has partnered with analytics platform Teslascope for the research project, which it says will be a world-first test that will examine how electric vehicle (EV) owners currently drive and charge their vehicles. Huh.

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For the first phase of the study, Tesla owners in Australia, the United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany and the UK can apply. The program may later be expanded to include other electric vehicle companies.

With the increasing number of electric vehicles globally, scientists are trying to figure out how batteries can provide other clean energy services in addition to helping lower emissions in the transportation industry.

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UQ researchers said most EVs operate for only one-eighth of a daily driving range of 400 km (249 mi), using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) chargers to store energy and power the grid. provide opportunities to export electricity.

“The[study]will not only help inform EV policy internationally, but assess the feasibility of using EVs as batteries-on-wheels,” UQ Research Fellow Jake Whitehead told Businesshala.

V2G technology is a connection between the EV and the grid through which electricity can flow from the grid to the vehicle and vice versa. This potentially enables car owners to sell energy to the network, while utilities can use electric cars as a backstop during periods of peak demand.

The study, which initially aims to recruit 500 Tesla owners, will collect usage data through the vehicle’s software interface and in return users will be offered a free premium subscription to Teslascope for a year.

Australia last week pledged $178 million ($132 million) to accelerate the rollout of charging stations for electric vehicles, but did not set a target for phasing out petrol cars.

Reporting by Renju Jose; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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