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Costain begins work on London Vehicle-to-Grid feasibility study

Construction and civil engineering firm Costain has launched a study looking at the feasibility of installing a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) scheme for a London Smart City development.

smallchargeWorking with Cenex, Costain will assess the long-term carbon savings and develop a commercial business case for the installation of the V2G infrastructure or the Integrated Transport and Smart Energy Solutions for Major Urban Developments (ITSES project).

The year-long project is funded by Innovate UK and will look at the feasibility of installing a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) scheme at Old Oak Common and Park Royal, West London.

Costain’s Lara Young, who is leading the project said: “We’ll be using our expertise and experience within infrastructure and Cenex’s leading technical knowledge of charge point and integrated energy infrastructure to look at how feeding energy back into the grid from a significant number of low emission electric vehicles can provide environmental, economic and social benefits.

“An important part of that will be engaging with key stakeholders so that they appreciate the benefits this development could bring. A Costain strength is its relationship with the transport and energy providers, allowing the connection and opportunity of this approach to be presented for consideration across different infrastructure asset owners.”

Robert Evans, CEO at Cenex, added: “Should the results prove positive, Cenex looks forward to working with Costain to see how a large-scale deployment can be included in the future infrastructure development plans of the region, thus creating a unique UK example of a truly integrated energy system.”

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Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.