UD expands collaboration with grid to vehicle start-up

UD and the Nuvve Corporation have expanded their collaboration, which allows Nuvve to use UD technology in electric vehicles that can charge or discharge their batteries when connected to the electric grid. The vehicles above are in use in Denmark. (Photo from Neuvve)

The University of Delaware announced an expanded collaboration with Nuvve Corporation, owner of a  vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology developed at the university, that will further accelerate changes in energy and transportation.

The technology, already in commercial use in several areas of the world, points to a future where vehicles will routinely draw and discharge energy to the power grid.

The technology could help deal with the issue of electricity storage from peak daylight generation by solar cells.

Nuvve, a Delaware company based in  San Diego, gained exclusive global rights to market the technology in 2016. The University of Delaware has a stake in Nuvve.

 “Our partnership with Nuvve Corporation demonstrates the University of Delaware’s abiding commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation. This collaboration opens up new horizons for synergizing the strengths of academia and industry in charting the future of clean and sustainable energy,” UD President Dennis Assanis said. “The University of Delaware’s students and researchers are – and will continue to be – a major force in the global transportation revolution.”


Electric vehicles with the UD-pioneered technology can charge or discharge their batteries back to the electric grid. The university has an operation on the STAR Campus that 

The software aggregates all vehicles plugged into the system so that they perform in unison, helping to balance the grid’s supply of electricity with demand in real time, on a second-to-second basis. Conventional power plants take several minutes to respond to grid demands.

“The practical development of vehicle-to-grid technology at UD has evolved over many years, demonstrating the tremendous value of long-term thinking and sustained investment in research,” said Charlie Riordan, UD’s vice president for research, scholarship and innovation. “Our partnership with Nuvve helps secure the next phase of that research leadership and brings it even closer to broad availability on the vehicle market. This is a tangible example of UD’s entrepreneurial approach to addressing society’s most pressing needs.”

Additionally, UD will establish an advanced R&D center to expand its leadership in this technology.

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