CLTC Receives Funding to Demonstrate V2B Technologies for Resilient Backup Power

Published: Thu, 09/01/2022
We are excited to announce that the California Lighting Technology Center is expanding its research capacity to lead a new effort demonstrating vehicle-to-building (V2B) mobile battery energy storage as emergency power backup at a Caltrans’ facility in Oakland, California.

This $5.3M project is funded with $3M from the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge Program (EPIC) Program and $2.3M in match funds from project partners.

Project partners include UC Davis' Energy and Efficiency Institute and Green Technology Laboratory, Nuvve Holding Corp., the California Department of Transportation, and the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project.

This project will equip a subset of Caltrans heavy duty electric vehicles (HDEVs) to serve as V2B-enabled emergency backup power supplies and install bidirectional DC rapid charging stations (DCRCS-B) to facilitate electricity flow between the HDEVs and the building. In addition to providing a clean, backup power supply for the demonstration facility and related safety services for the community, the project will serve the larger goal of evaluating and quantifying the benefits of using heavy-duty electric vehicles as emergency power supplies for critical operations within commercial facilities.

The project duration is anticipated to span from October 2022 to June 2026.

Staff Researchers

Keith Graeber, PE

Director of Engineering
(530) 747-3810

Manuel Lopez

R&D Engineer IV
(530) 747-3837