Vehicle to Micro-Grid: Leveraging Existing Assets for Reliable Energy Management (Poster)

Research output: NRELPoster


Fort Carson, a United States Army installation located south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is seeking to be a net-zero energy facility. As part of this initiative, the base will be constructing a micro-grid that ties to various forms of renewable energy. To reduce petroleum consumption, Fort Carson is considering grid-connected vehicles (GCVs) such as pure electric trucks to replace some of itson-base truck fleet. As the availability and affordability of distributed renewable energy generation options increase, so will the GCV options (currently, three all-electric trucks are available on the GSA schedule). The presence of GCVs on-base opens up the possibility to utilize these vehicles to provide stability to the base micro-grid. This poster summarizes work to estimate the potentialimpacts of three electric vehicle grid interactions between the electric truck fleet and the Fort Carson micro-grid: 1) full-power charging without management, 2) full-power charging capability controlled by the local grid authority, and 3) full-power charge and discharge capability controlled by the local grid authority. We found that even at relatively small adoption rates, the control ofelectric vehicle charging at Fort Carson will aid in regulation of variable renewable generation loads and help stabilize the micro-grid.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NamePresented at the 4th International Conference on Integration of Renewable & Distributed Energy Resources, 6-10 December 2010, Albuquerque, New Mexico

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5400-49870


  • distributed renewable energy
  • grid-connected vehicles
  • micro-grid


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