GrowSmarter – Pilot in Barcelona


Grow Smarter is a lighthouse project funded by Horizon 2020 with 25m€ in which Barcelona, Stockholm and Cologne showcase smart solutions to support a growth and sustainability in Europe.

GrowSmarter brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights on how they work in practice and opportunities for replication.

It includes setting up a network of charging terminals for electric vehicles at strategiclocations in the city, designed to fit in the surroundings. Both fast charging and normal charging are being installed.

In order to reduce the energy consumption and to promote low carbon mobility modes, Barcelona will implement charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) to give service to different transport systems.

In line with it, the headquarters of Nissan Iberia will integrate photovoltaic panels, second life EV batteries, two vehicle to grid (V2G) chargers, combined with an e-carsharing service for workers, to demonstrate the positive impact of Intelligent Mobility on the urban environment.   

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What is the impact to energy transition?

The two V2G chargers will act as a storage system for the e-parking in which e-mobility services to the EV user will be provided. This will optimise the use of energy for e-mobility services and/or other consumptions. This measure will include the use of Nissan’s EV carpool fleet to provide usage data.

The E-parking facility will be evaluated from the mobility and energy point of view.

IREC will adapt and implement an industrial SCADA system in order to manage the electrical vehicle charging infrastructure. The SCADA system has to be specifically adapted to the management of EV charging infrastructure, including particular protocols and functionalities, while embedded in an industrial SCADA framework in order to be fully integrated and compatible with the present Nissan Management System and/or future commercial applications.

Project follow up ideas

This kind of pilots are meant to demonstrate the benefits of V2G, pushing Spanish regulators to further free the energy market.

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