skip to main content
DOE PAGES title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Emissions impacts and benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid services

Abstract

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have been promoted as a potential technology to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants by using electricity instead of petroleum, and by improving electric system efficiency by providing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services. We use an electric power system model to explicitly evaluate the change in generator dispatches resulting from PHEV deployment in the Texas grid, and apply fixed and non-parametric estimates of generator emissions rates, to estimate the resulting changes in generation emissions. Here, we find that by using the flexibility of when vehicles may be charged, generator efficiency can be increased substantially. By changing generator dispatch, a PHEV fleet of up to 15% of light-duty vehicles can actually decrease net generator NO x emissions during the ozone season, despite the additional charging load. By adding V2G services, such as spinning reserves and energy storage, CO 2, SO 2, and NO x emissions can be reduced even further.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1353368
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Environmental Science and Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 43; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0013-936X
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Sioshansi, Ramteen, and Denholm, Paul. Emissions impacts and benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid services. United States: N. p., 2009. Web. doi:10.1021/es802324j.
Sioshansi, Ramteen, & Denholm, Paul. Emissions impacts and benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid services. United States. doi:10.1021/es802324j.
Sioshansi, Ramteen, and Denholm, Paul. Thu . "Emissions impacts and benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid services". United States. doi:10.1021/es802324j. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1353368.
@article{osti_1353368,
title = {Emissions impacts and benefits of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid services},
author = {Sioshansi, Ramteen and Denholm, Paul},
abstractNote = {Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have been promoted as a potential technology to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants by using electricity instead of petroleum, and by improving electric system efficiency by providing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services. We use an electric power system model to explicitly evaluate the change in generator dispatches resulting from PHEV deployment in the Texas grid, and apply fixed and non-parametric estimates of generator emissions rates, to estimate the resulting changes in generation emissions. Here, we find that by using the flexibility of when vehicles may be charged, generator efficiency can be increased substantially. By changing generator dispatch, a PHEV fleet of up to 15% of light-duty vehicles can actually decrease net generator NOx emissions during the ozone season, despite the additional charging load. By adding V2G services, such as spinning reserves and energy storage, CO2, SO2, and NOx emissions can be reduced even further.},
doi = {10.1021/es802324j},
journal = {Environmental Science and Technology},
number = 4,
volume = 43,
place = {United States},
year = {2009},
month = {1}
}

Journal Article:
Free Publicly Available Full Text
Publisher's Version of Record

Citation Metrics:
Cited by: 116 works
Citation information provided by
Web of Science

Save / Share: