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French carmaker Renault last week entered into partnership with the Dutch city of Utrecht and smart technology firms for a smart grid-EV interoperability pilot.Renault together with technology companies ElaadNL and LomboXnet, will develop a solar powered EV charging network in the city of Utrecht.

The project aims to develop smart grid solutions to reduce carbon emissions from the region’s power and transport sectors.

In a statement, Renault said the planned project in Utrecht would turn the region into a "large living lab" for smart grid solutions.

Under the first phase of the project, the carmaker will supply to the city some 150 EVs by 2017 whilst ElaadNL and LomboXnet will deploy 1,000 solar-powered public charge ports across the city for use by the vehicles.

The second phase will see development of a vehicle-to-grid ecosystem using the solar charging network to both recharge vehicles and feed energy stored in the vehicles of parked cars back into the grid.

According to the Business Green, the project builds on from last year’s project by LomboXnet  which saw installation of the first smart solar charging station in Utrecht.

EV-Smart grid interoperability development

[quote]Renault's engagement in Utrecht's EV-smart grid interoperability pilot marks an increase in the company's footsteps in the development of solutions for increased adoption of electronic vehicles for transport sector's reduced carbon emissions.

In the last quarter of 2015, the company partnered with Nissan in a bid to support and expand the adoption of EVs.

Under their partnership, Renault and Nissan provided 200 electric vehicles for the Paris climate change conference - the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) - to shuttle delegates over the two-week period.

The Renault-Nissan alliance also installed 90 new charge spots for electric vehicles around the city.

The electric vehicle fleet was powered by renewable and low carbon electricity from French electric utility company EDF and enabled to cover more than 400,000 km in 14 days.

The COP21 EV shuttle service featured Renault’s 'ZOE', the Nissan LEAF compact car and the 7-seater Nissan e-NV200 van.

The EVs were 'fuelled' at recharging station from 0-80% capacity in about 30 minutes.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO and chairman of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, said: “COP21 is a call to action to reduce the impact of climate change, including global warming resulting from personal transportation."

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