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Kempton receives renewable energy funding

June 15, 2015--Willett Kempton’s research group at the University of Delaware is one of five new technical teams selected nationwide to share in up to $6.5 million in funding from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to address challenges in enabling the nation’s electric grid to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy.

NREL is managing the Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation (INTEGRATE) and all of the teams will test their technologies in NREL's unique megawatt-scale Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF).

At UD, Kempton’s group will test how electric vehicles can provide energy storage support to the power grid. This "vehicle-to-grid" (V2G) technology shows great promise because it allows owners of electric vehicles to get extra utility out of the vehicle's battery pack, essentially using it as a supplemental power supply. When coordinated with a smart grid, utilities can leverage V2G-equipped electric vehicles to help regulate the local power grid.