The Mobility House Brews Coffee Using Green Electricity from an Electric Car
“Vehicle2Coffee” – Nissan Leaf supplies office and coffee machine with electricity
- Electricity from a car – The Mobility House successfully integrates an electric vehicle into power grid for the first time
- First practical application and standard use case: “Bidirectional charging”
- V2G pilot system from Nissan and ENDESA proves its worth in everyday application
Munich, 19th August 2015. – Espresso-lovers don’t need to be told twice: to brew a good, strong coffee you need a good quality machine with an operating pressure of at least nine bars, water at a temperature of 93 degrees Celcius, freshly ground beans and a connection to the power grid. Until now! At The Mobility House (TMH) headquarters in the heart of Munich, good espressos are now being prepared using a somewhat different method. Electricity from a car is being used! A Nissan Leaf is parked in the underground car park and supplies the entire office with energy. Electricity from the electric compact car’s battery is fed directly into the office building’s power grid. The revolutionary result: a classic connection to the electricity grid is, at least temporarily, not required.
The electric car’s CHAdeMO rapid-charging connection makes it possible. TMH accesses the car’s battery through a bidirectional rapid charging station from ENDESA and supplies electricity from the car to the office. The idea and its implementation was inspired by the visionary people at TMH: “Everyone talks about climate change, we do something about it”, says Thomas Raffeiner, CEO of The Mobility House. “This project shows that we can speed up the ‘Energiewende’ and that an emissions-free future is within close reach. The car supplies both households and offices with electricity and enables independence from the electricity grid.”
In the past few years TMH has established itself as an international leader in energy storage and charging solutions. Working together with Nissan, the company is now taking a next step toward the integration of electric cars in the power grid. For the first time, a large number of electric cars shall be integrated in the German power grid as a form of swarm storage. They will serve, amongst other things, to stabilise the grid. Controlled and bidirectional charging are key technologies for this project.
The system from ENDESA was presented to the public by Nissan for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show 2015 and has quickly found further applications in Germany. “And this isn’t the end of the story. For the first time in the history of the car, this technology makes it possible to use vehicles in a fundamentally new way. Completely new business models emerge, which will help to significantly reduce the costs of electric mobility”, says Joachim Köpf, Manager of e-Mobility at the Nissan Center Europe. Nissan considers the German market ready for this technology, not least because of the ’Energiewende’, falling feed-in tariffs and the already high, and ever-increasing proportion of electricity sourced from fluctuating energy sources.
About “The Mobility House”
The Mobility House aims to promote the ’Energiewende’ and facilitate an emissions-free future. With our innovative charging and energy storage solutions, we help electric mobility achieve a breakthrough. Our technologies allow us to integrate electric vehicles into the power grid as an aggregated swarm storage of batteries as well as a stationary storage device from vehicle batteries.
The Mobility House was founded in 2009 and supports all leading car manufacturers in over 20 countries throughout the world from its locations in Munich, Zurich and San Francisco.
The Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has been active in Germany for more than 40 years. Today, Nissan Center Europe GmbH, located in Brühl near Cologne, is responsible for the company’s activities in Germany, in Austria and in Switzerland. Nissan’s comprehensive product portfolio ranges from the Micra, the classic small car, to the segment-defining Crossover Juke and Qashqai, to the Transporter NV400 or the Nissan GT-R, the supercar with an entry price below 100,000 euros. Nissan is a pioneer in emission-free mobility: The compact Nissan Leaf is by far the world’s best-selling electric car.
In 2014, Nissan achieved a new record turnover, selling approximately 5.32 million vehicles worldwide. In total, Nissan offers over 60 models under the brand names, Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun. Nissan is a leader in emission-free mobility. The Nissan Leaf, the first mass produced electric car in the world, is the best-selling electric vehicle of all time with a market share of almost 50 per cent in the electric car sector.