Solarcamp is a vehicle-to-grid power system which allows the electricity contained in a vehicle's batteries to be reinjected into the power grid when the vehicle is parked. Thanks to blockchain technology, the cars' owners will be able to sell their surplus power for payment in a virtual currency, which they can then use to buy products or services from various partners (a magazine or drink in a station for example!).
How does it work? The vehicle takes its energy from the public power grid fed by a number of clean energy experiments being led at thecamp (solar panels, smartflower…). A microgrid set up on the campus parking lot will charge the vehicles while they are parked and manage the energy transactions. The users will have an app to monitor their energy consumption and their crypto-currency account.
Solarcamp's aim is to experiment with new energy management methods in order to achieve more sustainable energy management. This experiment explores the future of transportation and its place within smart cities.
January 2017: Start of the Solarcamp project
February 2017: The project receives the FLEXGRID label
June 2018: The microgrid at Aix-en-Provence TGV station becomes operational
July 2018: Signature of the agreement between thecamp, SNCF Gares & Connexions and Bovlabs (startup that participated in Climb, the acceleration program co-produced with Le Village by CAAP at thecamp)
October 2018: Bovlabs’ blockchain platform begins operating with the station’s microgrid, and starts tracking the energy flow
November 2018: Grant from the Région Sud to accelerate the project via the ARII (regional agency for the innovation and internationalization of companies), by contributing its expertise to a 4-month sprint: benchmark, regulation, new business model, legal structure
January 2019: The microgrid of thecamp becomes operational
Feburary 2019: Bovlabs’ blockchain platform begins operating with thecamp’s microgrid, and starts tracking the energy flow
April 2019: The vehicule-to-grid flow becomes operational at the two experimentation sites