Posts Tagged: Southwest Research Institute

Southwest Research Institute consortium conducts independent battery benchmarking

Comparing the spec sheets from different parts manufacturers is tricky business for engineers in any industry. However, the advanced battery market seems to be uniquely challenged in this regard. As Tesla CEO Elon Musk often points out, when it comes to batteries, the BS factor is outrageous. Even if you assume that every vendor provides… Read more »

SwRI V2G system lets fleet operators sell services to the grid

Supply and demand across an electrical grid vary continuously, but AC frequency levels must be maintained within a narrow range. Electric utilities perform frequency regulation services by adding or removing generators and load resources as needed. In the future, fleets of EVs equipped with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability could perform this necessary service much more quickly… Read more »

US Army base uses EVs as energy storage devices on microgrid

While many have discussed the potential of EVs to act as energy storage devices in a smart grid of the future, the day when this idea can be implemented on a citywide scale is probably pretty far off. However, a smaller, self-contained “microgrid” offers the perfect opportunity to test the concept. Microgrids are one of… Read more »