ARKANSAS, January 15 (Future Headlines)- The California Energy Commission (CEC) is set to revolutionize the electric vehicle (EV) charging landscape by recommending over $208 million in grant funding through its Responsive, Easy Charging Products With Dynamic Signals (REDWDS) program. Launched in March 2023, the program, administered by the CEC’s Clean Transportation Program, aims to expedite the development of user-friendly EV charging solutions that allow customers to respond to dynamic grid signals, minimizing charging and discharging costs.
The grant funding will be disbursed in two phases, with up to $9 million available in the initial phase and an additional potential of up to $300 million for the second phase. The CEC’s notice specifies that phase two funding is contingent on specific performance metrics from phase one and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The largest REDWDS grant, exceeding $52 million, has been awarded to dcbel, an EV charging technology company based in Montreal, Canada. Dcbel’s comprehensive solution includes a UL-certified residential bidirectional direct current EV charger called the Home Energy Station (HES). Additionally, dcbel offers Orchestrate, a grid-edge computing platform, and Chorus, a cloud-based real-time IoT management platform for automating residential energy production, storage, and export.
The grant will be utilized by dcbel to bring its technology into low-income homes. Collaborating on the project are partners such as the University of California Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Southern California Edison, Sonoma Clean Power, and Grid Alternatives.
Dcbel’s HES allows users to easily subscribe to energy programs offered by utilities, energy service providers, microgrids, and virtual power plant operators. The associated app facilitates participation in vehicle-to-grid (V2G) incentives, showcasing the potential for EV drivers to earn income through such programs, as demonstrated in a recent project in New York City.
Moreover, the HES doubles as a solar and stationary battery inverter, enabling the integration of solar panels and a home battery for additional resilience, cost savings, and revenue opportunities. Dan Fletcher, Chief Business Development Officer for dcbel, expressed the readiness of their all-in-one solution to transform the way homes interact with the grid, emphasizing the ability to utilize an EV’s energy for backup power and grid flexibility services.
The remaining funds awarded by the REDWDS program are allocated to the development of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) charging and discharging technologies. V2X encompasses technologies transferring energy from EV batteries to various end users, including the grid, homes, or other buildings. Among the winners are projects focusing on a residential V2X demonstration, a grid-connected rate-optimized EV telematics solution, and a rural electrification and charging technology program, signaling a diverse range of initiatives shaping the future of EV charging technology in California.
Reporting by Alireza Sabet; Editing by Sarah White