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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is pleased to announce a new webinar series, Is There A Business Case For Bidirectional Electric Vehicles And Charging Infrastructure? This series will include two informative, engaging sessions with distinct sets of panelists discussing different but related concepts in regards to bidirectional electric vehicles. 

More information on dates, speakers, and topics can be found below. Registration for each webinar is required. 

We hope you join us for this exciting series!

Webinar 1 

June 24, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

What are bidirectional electric vehicles? Why may they be important?

This panel will describe what bidirectional vehicles are and their capabilities. Some experts warn the grid could reach a reliability tipping point in less than 5 years due to renewables and/or to charging congestion from new electric vehicles (EVs). Storage at DC fast charging sites will help. However, light-, medium- and heavy-duty EVs could become an asset instead of a liability if they are bidirectional. This session will also explore whether EVs have the potential to become as revolutionary as the iPod, providing multiple benefits to end-users and reducing total cost of EV ownership. At a high level, we will discuss innovative new business models that integrate energy and transportation as a single, dynamic, symbiotic system. We will explore innovative ways to think about electric vehicle charging infrastructure and bidirectional electric vehicles.

Moderator: Rima Kasia Oueid, Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy

Presenters:

  • David Slutzky, CEO, FERMATA
  • Dan Bowerson, Director, Energy & Environment, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
  • Sam Sperling, Product Manager, Charging and Software, Proterra
  • Curtis Wynn, President, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Roanoke Electric
  • Graham Turk, Innovation Strategist, Innovation Development, Green Mountain Power
  • Jessie Denver, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, Transportation Electrification & Community Resilience, East Bay Community Energy

Register HERE.

Webinar 2 

June 25, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

How would it work? How could bidirectional vehicles be integrated into the grid?

This panel will describe how bidirectional vehicles will be integrated into the grid, the technologies involved, and where it’s already happening. We will discuss how bidirectional electric vehicles could be an important asset to the grid and to other energy customers, and how they could provide reliability, resilience, and introduce new revenue streams while supporting smart grid investments. We will also talk about the work underway in the private sector, and at DOE, presented by Argonne National Lab. Argonne will walk us through scenarios to illustrate the possibilities leveraging existing tools that could help decision makers with planning and execution. 

Opening remarks: Conner Prochaska, Chief Commercialization Officer and OTT Director, U.S. Department of Energy

Moderator: Rima Kasia Oueid, Commercialization Executive, Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy

Presenters:

  • Lee Slezak, Vehicle Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Mahesh Sudhakaran, Chief Digital Officer, IBM Energy, Environment & Utilities
  • Ram Sastry, Vice President, Innovation & Technology, American Electric Power
  • Angelina Galiteva, Vice Chair, California Independent System Operator and Founder and Board President, Renewables 100 Policy Institute
  • Scott Baker, Senior Business Solutions Analyst, Applied Innovation, PJM
  • Yan (Joann) Zhou, Group Manager, Mobility and Deployment, Charles "Chick" Macal, Engineer, Ralph T Muehleisen, Principal Building Scientist, Zhi Zhou, Principal Computational Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Register HERE.

Foreign nationals: If you wish to participate in either of the above webinars, you must email Shane Harper at shane.harper@hq.doe.gov to fill out the required paperwork. Paperwork must be received at least one week prior to the webinars.

Special thanks to our distinguished speakers for participating in this webinar series.