The concept of making the energy stored in plug-in electric vehicle
(PEV) batteries available to commercial buildings and residences with
intelligent building energy management systems, known as
vehicle-to-building (V2B) technology, has been studied since the 1990s.
Today, these approaches have the potential to provide storage capacity
to benefit the vehicle owner and the building owner, by offsetting some
of the higher cost of PEVs, by lowering the energy costs of the
building, and by providing reliable emergency backup services. According
to a new report from Pike
Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice, investment in V2B
infrastructure by battery makers, building owners, automakers, and
energy technology providers will grow steadily through the remainder of
From 2012 through 2020, the study concludes, these investments will
total $279 million.
"With V2B technology installed in the vehicle and at the building,
vehicles can compete with traditional local generation, as well as
stationary storage, for offsetting demand charges or providing peak
shaving services," says research director John Gartner. "While its
counterpart, vehicle-to-grid (V2G), requires many vehicles to be
aggregated to provide a useful amount of power to support the grid, and
is also limited by the extent that grid operators are incentivized to
develop the market structures and technologies, even a single PEV can be
of value to a commercial or residential building."
Unlike V2G, interest in V2B is independent of smart grid investment; in
fact, demand is greater in areas with less-reliable power grids.
Automakers and truck manufacturers in these areas will be encouraged to
put this technology in their vehiles to avoid losing power at their
facility, and PEV owners may choose to retrofit their vehicles to
participate, according to the report. Countries like China, India, and
Japan are likely to have more PEVs participating in V2B activities.
The report, "Vehicle
to Building Technologies", examines the market opportunity for V2B
technologies targeted at demand charge avoidance, peak shaving,
time-of-use pricing, and other utility energy pricing programs to reduce
the cost of building operations and to provide emergency backup power.
The study analyzes both the technology issues and government policy
factors associated with the growth of V2B, as well as key barriers to
adoption. Key market participants are profiled and forecasts are
provided for V2B-enabled vehicles and service revenues through 2020. An
Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Pike
About Pike Research
Pike Research, which joined Navigant's global Energy Practice on July 1,
2012, provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The
team's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis,
end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of
technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy,
Smart Grid, Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings
sectors. Additional information about Pike Research can be found at www.navigant.com/pikeresearch.
Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global expert services firm
dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the
face of critical business risks and opportunities. Through senior level
engagement with clients, Navigant professionals combine technical
expertise in Disputes and Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory
and Management Consulting, with business pragmatism in the highly
regulated Construction, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare
industries to support clients in addressing their most critical business
needs. More information about Navigant can be found at www.navigant.com.
* The information contained in this press release concerning the
report, "Vehicle to Building Technologies," is a summary and
reflects Pike Research's current expectations based on market data and
trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently
uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained
in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for
a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report's
conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither
Pike Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of
the information contained in this press release or the report.
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