A new UK pilot demonstrating a solar-powered car park with battery storage for electric vehicle (EV) charging has been launched.
The project, dubbed the Smart Hubs Demonstrator, is a joint effort between Smart Power Systems, Flextricity, Flexisolar, and Turbo Power Systems. Together, they manage the integration of solar, EV charging and vehicle to grid (V2G) systems. V2G systems such as these are being developed for car parks and transport hubs.
The project is seeking V2G adopters in commercial areas, over a total of 6 sites, with 150 V2G-capable EVs.
Car parks and transport hubs that incorporate energy storage systems would be able charge larger amounts of EVs without adding strain to the grid and also represent innovations for local authorities, retail centres, public car park owners, airports, and train operators, whilst presenting a new source of revenue.
Research based on the project will look to identify new and accessible real-life applications where static and dynamic storage can be optimally implemented at a single site to deliver new service revenues.
Dr Alistair Martin, Chief Strategy Officer at Flexitricity said: “Electric cars and buses are going to be the principal method of transport in just a few years, however, we know that the current grid system will only be able to cope if smart charging and grid management are adopted across the network.
“I believe that smart vehicle charging will be the difference between the success and failure in reaching our electric vehicle ambitions. Having the ability to recharge in a short time using a grid-friendly infrastructure will have a huge impact on the electric vehicles market – it really is a question about how quickly we can deliver this capability.”
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