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Community Microgrids with Extreme fast EV charging

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by ElectricFish

We want to install 3 of our 350kWh power storages- in an islanded electrical network in the LA region: like a stadium, or a hospital. We will demonstrate powering the facility for 3 hours during a blackout, and also serve EVs with extremely fast charging during normal seasons: making LA a better place to live!


In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • East LA
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • South Bay

What is the problem that you are seeking to address?

To drive decarbonization in the transportation space, cities want to go 100% electric. However, ElectricVehicles or EV’s are power-hungry devices- drawing power worth hundreds of homes at a public charging port. But, with a mere 2% market penetration of EVs, we have started seeing the inability of electrical Grids to power our new needs. This load will grow at 15GW per year, and the fact that renewable energy is only produced at certain times of the day, we would need 30 new fossil-fuel power plants, every year to power this load. This approach is a Grid-a-geddon in making, the failure will shut off power to our most vulnerable communities, putting lives and businesses at risk- all while causing a horrible charging experience for a prospective EV owner.

Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.

Our product is a 350kW battery, that fits at one parking spot at a gas station, serving extreme fast charging, and backup power to the Grid. We eliminate perceived range anxiety for EV drivers who live in multi-unit dwellings by placing ourselves at conveniently located gas stations and serving extreme-fast charging sessions to eliminate queuing (up to 100 miles in 5 mins). Using data-based decisions: and local and global optimization of available energy: we also deliver power back up for utilities, or communities- helping them with the ongoing congestion of energy. The project is to align our values with the city of Los Angeles, helping retrofit the electricity Grid for the upcoming demand of sustainable transportation- while making it more resilient from the power failures being triggered by Climate disasters. The grant will support us build a demonstration inside the city- showing the suitability of our solutions for dense urban environments.

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

400
Direct impact
2,000
Indirect impact

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

At scale, we would have pioneered a fundamentally new architecture of electricity grid- where the power for urban communities, lives inside the community walls- rather than being stored miles away from the city and being delivered real-time through long transmission lines. We would make the city s capable of storing the power locally, enable local generation- and make it robust from the growing failures of electricity distribution.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

a. We can improve local reliability metrics with improved visibility into vulnerable areas powered by CoReScore, and serving up to 3 hours of supply per failure event. b. Deep, zero marginal-cost renewables penetration facilitated by our ESS capacity will lower IOU service costs in areas where ElectricFish networks deploy, lowering energy costs. c. By 2025, we will have up to 1GW of distributed capacity that can be committed to peak relief and load-flattening at designated feeder locations. d. Finally, storing clean energy, our pack contributes 60-320 kgCO2eq/MWh emissions reduction (19%-92%), depending on service location, while reducing CO2 footprint of EVs by 40%.

Which of the live metrics will you impact?​

  • Renewable energy use
  • Resilient communities

Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.

  • LA is the best place to PLAY