October 21, 2009 By News Report
Running household appliances off an electric vehicle's batteries during peak demand or a power outage is a concept explored earlier this year in a paper: The Simulation of Vehicle-to-Home Systems -- Using Electric Vehicle Battery Storage to Smooth Domestic Electricity Demand. The paper simulated the exchange of electrical power between the electrical grid, household appliances and vehicle batteries. It also compared Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) systems, saying that V2H is a simple first step toward a mass V2G system. Tech On, an industry newsletter, today said that Mitsubishi's PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid vehicle -- on display at the Tokyo Motor Show -- is designed for V2H applications in a smart-grid environment.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.