Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology enables electric cars to be used as (temporary) batteries, for example to power households

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Location : Amsterdam

Project team :  Alliander

Progress / Due date : design and preparation / 2017

Replication : to be determined

Contacts : Marisca Zweistra (on LinkedIn), Celina Kroon (on LinkedIn)

The project

City-zen partner Alliander will test vehicle-to-grid technology in a demo environment in Amsterdam.

The supply of solar power is growing rapidly. That is great news as our daily energy demand is increasing too. We could however benefit even more from this growing supply  if we would be able to store the generated electricity in times of overproduction. Electric vehicles offer great storage potential.

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology enables electric cars to be used as (temporary) batteries, for example to power households. Additionally, by combining multiple batteries, accumulated capacity can become large enough to effectively prevent unbalance in the electricity grid. In the demo environment in Amsterdam several  bi-directional chargers, needed to charge and discharge the batteries, will be installed to be tested by Alliander.

Vehicle-to-grid shares lessons learned at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week ’18


VIDEO: short video from Alliander about it’s City-zen smart grid projects:

Interested to know more about this project? Read all about it here or contact one of the involved partners.


  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we learn by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

  • Our Activities

  • Expected Impacts

    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid