Gogoro and Enel X have announced the commercial deployment of 2,500 Gogoro battery-swapping stations across 1,000 locations in Enel X’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP) to support Taiwan’s renewable energy transition. The rollout follows the completion of a pilot program in 2022.
“We are entering a new era of smart energy infrastructure, and by integrating the Gogoro Network with the Enel X Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in Taiwan we are providing a new energy resource. It is the first time this technology has been deployed this way in the world, and it creates a new Gogoro revenue stream beyond mobility,” said Horace Luke, founder and CEO of Gogoro. “We have always believed that time-shifting energy was key to enabling the sustainable transformation of energy and transportation, and Gogoro continues to be a key part of these advancements. Together, the Gogoro community is contributing to Taiwan’s net-zero targets by helping to integrate more variable power generation resources onto the grid. Today, when the energy grid begins to max out, we can dynamically pause our energy usage or provide energy back to the grid while continuing to operate our battery swapping service independently, as needed.”
Gogoro says that, in 2022, Gogoro and Enel X’s VPP pilot in Taiwan demonstrated that the Gogoro Network could safely pause charging if there was a grid imbalance or provide energy back to the grid as demand required. Once the demand subsided, Gogoro says, Enel X’s VPP sent a signal to the Gogoro network to safely restore grid consumption. The Gogoro Network performed these services without causing any interruptions to Gogoro Network battery-swapping customers, demonstrating that the network is an ideal resource to support Taiwan’s energy transition, Gogoro says. Integrating Gogoro Network battery-swapping energy into the Enel X VPP in Taiwan has the same effect as bringing new energy generation online to meet energy demand.
The companies have deployed nearly 1,300 GoStations across more than 500 locations this month, and plan to deploy more than 2,500 GoStations in total across 1,000 locations by mid-2023 to support grid efficiency and stability.