Google working on 'smart' plug-in hybrid charging

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    [​IMG] "One of the great things about plug-ins is this great opportunity for the first time to finally have a storage technology."

    [FIMG=RIGHT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/plug.jpg[/FIMG]Poornima Gupta - REUTERS - September 29, 2009

    We keep hearing about the "smart grid." When will it actually get implemented? --Ed.

    SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc is in the early stages of looking at ways to write software that would fully integrate plug-in hybrid vehicles to the power grid, minimize strain on the grid and help utilities manage vehicle charging load.

    "We are doing some preliminary work," said Dan Reicher, Google's director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. "We have begun some work on smart charging of electric vehicles and how you would integrate large number of electric vehicles into the grid successfully."

    "We have done a little bit of work on the software side looking at how you would write a computer code to manage this sort of charging infrastructure," he said in an interview on the sidelines of an industry conference.

    Google, known for its Internet search engine, in 2007 announced a program to test Toyota Prius and Ford Escape gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles that were converted to rechargeable plug-in hybrids that run mostly on electricity.

    One of the experimental technologies that was being tested by the Web search giant allowed parked plug-ins to transfer stored energy back to the electric grid, opening a potential back-up source of power for the system in peak hours.

    Google has pushed ahead in addressing climate... [RM]http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE58S6VJ20090929[/RM]
     

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