INVENT – Intelligent Electric Vehicle Integration

A California Energy Commission Project



The INVENT project demonstrate solutions that yield and quantify multiple real-world benefits of advanced  vehicle-grid integration (VGI) applications for  electric vehicle fleets and pave the way for commercial large-scale deployments in California.
The project will test V1G (commute fleet – workplace charging) as well as V2G (work fleet – facilities management) and foresees up to 50 EVs. Grid services as well as behind-the-meter services will be tested and focus will be on VGI economics and how to remove regulatory barriers for large scale deployment.
The project partners include Nuvve, Hitachi, Strategen, UCSD and the fleets consist of: Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi Outlander, Bolt, Tesla, Smart EV and BMW i3 .
The project is funded by the California Energy Commission(CEC) as part of the EPIC program. It started in 2017 and will end in 2020.  
The partners from next-dimension (as part of Nuvvewere key players in making this project happen together with strong support from UCSD.

The INVENT project is located at the UCSD campus in La Jolla.

The UCSD microgrid project supplies electricity, heating, and cooling for 450 hectare campus with a daily population of 45,000.

It consists of two 13.5 MW gas turbines, one 3 MW steam turbine, and a 1.2 MW solar-cell installation that together supply 85% of campus electricity needs, 95% of its heating, and 95% of its cooling.